A Very Blairite Coup
- Katy Sian, 12th July, 2016
Rather like Harry Perkins in A Very British Coup, Corbyn has been harassed and bullied by the Blairites and fellow travellers, who have contempt for the membership and overdue regard for the neoliberals. They do not seem to be ashamed to be on the same side as the Tories, nor have they been ashamed to be on the side of bankers and warmongers. It appears, according to Len McCluskey, that PR company Portland Communications, wrote the script for this elongated coup, in which every hour a resignation was choreographed to ensure that the headlines remained focused on the Labour Party, rather than the shambolic Tories and the disaster they have managed to engineer.
What Labour needs to do is get behind Corbyn and not stab him in the back. Members must recognise that this unthought coup will only divide the party. If the Labour Party is to mean something of real significance it has to depart from an out-dated and out of touch neoliberalism, disguising itself as common sense. The reason why so many people have been energized by Corbyn’s campaign is because he symbolises an alternative in which all members of the Labour movement should have no difficulty in embracing.
In the penultimate scene of A Very British Coup, Perkins was prevented from being cut off by a conspirator in a crucial live broadcast because of the decency of his Head of Security, Inspector Page. When Perkins thanks him, Page replies, “with respect sir, I don’t actually vote for you – but I know what’s right.” It is incredible to think that in our current times the parliamentary Labour Party gives the impression that it doesn’t know what is right, and lacks basic decency and respect for democracy. What the country needs is a Labour Party committed to leading the country out of the mess created by the Tory government. It does not need a Labour Party that is on strike against its own leader. If the coup is to succeed the risks to this country and its future will be grave. The policies that bought us to the chaos that we now find ourselves tangled up within cannot get us out of here. Labour MP’s who care about the future should support the leadership, support the membership, and fight the Tories. Ditch Blairism and keep Corbyn.