Archive for July, 2015

Billy Bragg backs Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

July 28, 2015

We have a very clear choice, three party wannabe leaders who are party apparatchiks, who are the reason Labour lost the last two elections, Liz Kendall backed by Blair lobbyists with her false smile and as much charm as a call centre sales girl, or Jeremy Corbyn who offers vision and integrity.

Daily Mail helpfully gave a list of what Jeremy Corbyn stands for ironically and why you should back him, though that probably was not their intention.

  • re-nationalise railways, electricity and Post Office
  • higher rate of tax for the rich
  • windfall tax on the rich
  • increase corporation tax
  • anti-austerity
  • opposition to welfare cuts hitting poorest people
  • eliminate welfare for corporations
  • action on tax dodgers
  • scrap university tuition fees

Labour has since Blair (maybe before) been owned lock stock and barrel by lobbyists, corporate interests and the banks.

Party apparatchiks crawl up through the system.

When they leave, they become lobbyists (as many of the Blair cronies became) or on the boards of the companies they acted as puppets for, they still (and this is bloody incredible) retain their Parliamentary passes which means they can wander around Westminster as they wish.

What is incensing them so much, is Jeremy Corbyn is an outsider, he is not tainted by the system, and because of this he is attracting massive public support.

If the three Tory clones were to take the leadership, nothing would change, Labour would remain unelectable. And even if electable, nothing would change.

The assumption is, we have to act through Parliament. Why? We take to the streets, and Jeremy Corbyn would be with us on the streets.

But I would also urge a word of caution. We cannot be too reliant upon leaders. We have to organise at grass roots. In Revolution Russell Brand warned against putting too much faith in leaders.

Syriza did their best but they were up against the Fourth Reich.

This is quote is highly relevant (from Plan C):

Now is the moment for a broad alliance of social forces to bring forward a ‘Plan C’, based on social collaboration, decentralized self-government and the stewardship of common goods. Without overlooking its significance, national electoral politics is not the privileged field of action when it comes to social transformation. The withering away of democracy in Europe should be complemented and challenged by the fortification of self-organized communities at a local level and the forging of strong bonds between them, along with a turn to a solidarity- and needs-based economy, and the collective management and defense of common goods.

SNP cannot understand why Labour are there. They are failing to scrutinise, failing to act for the poorest in the land who are suffering.

The poor are being bled dry, but Labour sit on their hands, because they think it is in the best interest of the party.

What do they think they are there for, for the few who voted for them?

If they do not act for those who voted for them, there will be even fewer next time round.

They will be seen as the LibDems, an irrelevance. Something from a bygone age, when we had workers and factories and trade unions and carts drawn by horses.

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the way politics functions in this country.

20:20 launched a few days ago. Every day for twenty days (five already gone) encourage someone to register as Labour Party supporter and vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

If you want to vote for Jeremy Corbyn, simply register as a Labour Party Supporter at a one off fee of £3 and you can vote.

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An alternative Greek currency

July 27, 2015
Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

The truth of the matter is, the very powerful Troika of creditors were not interested in coming to a sensible, honorable mutually beneficial agreement. — Yanis Varoufakis

The euro was flawed from the start, everyone knew this.

Yes, Greece should leave the euro, but difficult to create a new currency from scratch.

Not in the same position as Iceland or Argentina, both countries had own currencies, but otherwise similar.

Were Greece still on the drachma, they would not be where they are today.

But, they are too fixated on remaining in the euro and being members of Fourth Reich, even though neither is of advantage to them, quite the opposite.

This meant they had one arm tied behind their back when they entered into negotiations and were shafted. Had they called the bluff, defaulted, exited the euro, the euro would have collapsed and Germans would have been in the shit.

The role of a Central Bank is a lender of last resort. For the euro zone it is the European Central Bank. ECB turned off the money supply to Greece to force Greece to its knees. Once there was unconditional surrender, a choice between suicide or execution, ECB turned back on the money supply to Greek banks. The money that was lent, flowed back out to pay off international creditors, a  point Germans should note when they keep referring to bailing out Greece.

The Fourth Reich showed they would happily destroy a country if that country did not give in to its demands. They forced onto Greece, not only a surrender, but an unconditional surrender, part of which is rape and pillage of the country, enclosure of the commons, sell off of Greek assets on the cheap.  But at least we all now know what the Fourth Reich is capable of, Its brutality was exposed for all the world to see.  At least Podemos in Spain now know exactly what they are dealing with.

It was meant to set an example to Podemos, do not dare oppose the Fourth Reich this too will be your fate.

But it has had had the opposite effect, for pro-democracy activists across Europe to double their efforts to defeat the Fourth Reich.

What we have learnt, we have to work from the grass roots upwards. Syriza has grass roots support that most parties would die for, the NO vote showed that. But it was not enough. We have to restructure society from the bottom up.

Greece may have lost a battle, but not the war, the fight continues.

John Cassidy, writing in The New Yorker:

Syriza’s surrender wasn’t necessarily an ignominious one. As Lenin commented of the failed 1905 revolution in Russia, it was a retreat for a new attack, which ultimately proved successful. “I’m not going to sugarcoat this and pass it off as a success story,” Tsipras said to parliament on Wednesday, prior to the vote, acknowledging that the spending cuts and tax increases contained in the agreement would deal another blow to the Greek economy. However, that wasn’t the full story, Tsipras insisted. “We have left a heritage of dignity and democracy to Europe,” he said. “This fight will bear fruit.”

The euro zone is to benefit German industrial output.

The problem Greece has is many idle hands, work that needs doing, and no money to connect the two. What connects the two is money.

But money there is none, the banks are closed., or were, but even now open, restrictions on withdrawals.

Money has strange properties, it can move mountains, a feat usually the province of Gods.

Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics:

What we call recession, an earlier culture might have called “God abandoning the world.” Money is disappearing, and with it another property of spirit: the animating force of the human realm. At this writing, all over the world machines stand idle. Factories have ground to a halt; construction equipment sits derelict in the yard; parks and libraries are closing; and millions go homeless and hungry while housing units stand vacant and food rots in the warehouses. Yet all the human and material inputs to build the houses, distribute the food, and run the factories still exist. It is rather something immaterial, that animating spirit, which has fled. What has fled is money. That is the only thing missing, so insubstantial (in the form of electrons in computers) that it can hardly be said to exist at all, yet so powerful that without it, human productivity grinds to a halt.

On the individual level as well, we can see the demotivating effects of lack of money. Consider the stereotype of the unemployed man, nearly broke, slouched in front of the TV in his undershirt, drinking a beer, hardly able to rise from his chair. Money, it seems, animates people as well as machines. Without it we are dispirited.

In the Great Depression there was no money, in US banks were closed, because they were bust.

They created scrips, alternative currencies, across Europe and in the States. They were successful, incredibly successful. The reason they do not exist today is because they were too successful, the Central Banks closed them down.

In 1931, a German coal mine operator decided to open his closed mine by paying his workers in wara. It was backed by  coal.  Because it was backed by coal,  which everyone could use, local merchants and wholesalers were persuaded to accept it. The mining town flourished, and within the year at least a thousand stores across Germany were accepting wara, and banks began accepting wara-denominated deposits. Feeling threatened, the German government tried to have the wara declared illegal by the courts; when that failed, it simply banned it by emergency decree.

The following year, the depressed town of Wörgl, Austria, issued its own stamp scrip inspired by the success of the wara. The Wörgl currency was by all accounts a huge success. Roads were paved, bridges built, and back taxes were paid. The unemployment rate plummeted and the economy thrived, attracting the attention of nearby towns. Mayors and officials from all over the world began to visit Wörgl until, as in Germany, the central government abolished the Wörgl currency and the town slipped back into depression.

Another currency that emerged around this time was the Wir in Switzerland. The currency is issued by a cooperative bank and is backed only by the mutual agreement of its members to accept it for payment.

In the United States many “emergency currencies,” as they were called, were issued in the early 1930s. They appeared because the banks had gone bust.  Roosevelt banned all “emergency currencies” by executive decree when he launched the New Deal. The reason he did this was not because the local and state currencies wouldn’t be effective in ending the Depression, but because it would mean a loss of central government control.

The only alternative currency that still exist is the Wir in Switzerland. Alternative currencies did not vanish because they were not successful, on the contrary the were legislated out of existence because they were too successful, they challenged the power of the Central Bank, limited the ability of the Central Bank to control the amount of currency circulating in the economy.

Greece does not have the problem of the Central bank losing control, as it has no control.

This is the way forward in Greece, create alternative currencies.

There is no problem Central Bank not having control, as Greece has no control over the euro.

It was considered launching a new drachma, but the logistics were considered too great. But were they, if scrips were successfully issued during the Great Depression?  There would though have been a delay, and had Greece left the euro, the shock to the economy would have been too great.

But what of an alternative digital currency using smart phones?

It would have to meet the following criteria:

  • smartphone app
  • P2P
  • block chain
  • open source
  • secure
  • ease of use

The FairCoin wallet for Android would be a good starting point, as open source, it could be modified.

Each account could be loaded or pre-loaded with 1000 euro-equivalent (for small businesses 5000 euro-equivalent).

How to get the money into the account? It could be pre-loaded, or transferred by the Central Bank.

Uniqueness of each account, one account per person. Would need a unique ID. Maybe social security number or whatever Greeks use on passport or ID Card. Unique ID for local business? VAT registration number?

Need to create protocols, then implement as a smartphone app. This work already done if use or modify FairCoin wallet.

In the interim FairCoin could be used, download and install the FairCoin wallet. But where would the money come from, unless the Central Bank bought FairCoin, but where would the Central Bank acquire the money from?

Having Greek alternative digital currency, the Central Bank can create. Government and local government can pay in part in the alternative digital currency salaries.

Local currencies could be created, and according to Paul Mason, these already exist.

The European Central bank is proposing Quantitative Easing of one trillion euros.

We know from the UK, Quantitative Easing to be a failed policy, it has little impact on the real economy, the only impact is to transfer money to the rich and inflate the already obscene bonuses of bankers.

There could though be a role, were Quantitative Easing used to wipe out Greek debt, as recommneded by Ellen Brown. It could also be used to inject money into the Greek banks to solve the liquidity crisis.

None of which would invalidate the need for an alternative currency.

There is no means by which the debt will ever be repaid. Pretend and extend is a fiction. Remove the debt and Greece will be in budget surplus, or was before ECB turned off the cash flow.

The role of a Central Bank is to act as lender of last resort when banks have a liquidity problem. For Greece, the Central Bank is ECB. Far from acting as lender of last resort, ECB turned off the cash flow.

When a country has control over its own currency, it can devalue during an economic crisis. That option has not been open to Greece, instead we have seen a devaluing of its people through austerity.

Debt is being used as a mechanism to destroy the Greek economy and to enslave the people.

There are other measures that need to be brought in, for example tax transparency. The tax everyone pays should be published. This would go a long way to addressing tax evasion.

An alternative currency, creation of local currencies, is not itself sufficient nor should be seen as an end in itself. It should be implemented as part of a wider programme of advancing the commons, creating open co-ops,  part of  Plan C as advocated by P2P Foundation.

Tommy Sheppard

July 27, 2015

Tommy Sheppard is SNP MP for Edinburgh East.

SNP in Scotland, Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain, Mayor of Barcelona, Mayor of Madrid, Flatpack Democracy in Frome.

Anti-austerity, activists, working with the people.

In Scotland it has gone beyond independence. It is how do we devolve power, how do we organise our own affairs?

SNP and Caroline Lucas, the only opposition in the House of Commons

Labour? Labour pro-austerity, supported Tory Welfare Bill.

Jeremy Corbyn Labour Leader?

Mhairi Black: Baby of the House

July 27, 2015

I am the only 20 year old in the UK that the Chancellor is prepared to help with housing. — Mhairi Black

At 20 years of age, Mhairi Black is the youngest member of the House of Commons.

She was elected, overturning a 16,000 majority and ousted the veteran Labour Member of Parliament Douglas Alexander to win Paisley and Renfrewshire South for the SNP.

She was a politics student, and had yet to take her finals.

In attacking austerity and the Conservative Budget, she noted she was the only 20-year-old in the whole of the UK who the Chancellor was prepared to help with housing support. She receives expenses as a Member of Parliament to pay for her housing costs.

Her maiden speech has been widely viewed on-line, and has led to invitations to speak flooding in from across the world.

She has widely criticised how Parliament functions. In this she is not alone. Caroline Lucas has documented in Honourable Friends? the need for reform.

Santions issued by bastards in Job Centres, often on a whim, are destroying lives, driving Job Seekers to suicide, and one of the main causes of demand for food banks.

Maybe time Job Centres were occupied, the bastards who work their named and shamed.

Anyone who is sanctioned, should Appeal, if do not know how, seek help.

The one thing the Scottish Indy Referendum did, was to engage and radicalises people, whether yes or no, meetings everywhere.

Once the genie is out of the bottle, it cannot be put back in.

SNP wiping Labour off the face of Scotland, had nothing to do with nationalism, it was that Labour no longer represented anyone.

We see that today, when Labour abstains on the Welfare Bill. £12 billion to be taken from the poorest people in society. Labour abstained, but 48 Labour MPs, included 18 newly elected, had the decency and integrity to vote against.

It is easy to see why Jeremy Corbyn is speaking to packed meetings.

Afternoon in Farnham

July 25, 2015
riverside walk

riverside walk

battered old Citroen van in Gostrey Meadow serving teas

battered old Citroen van in Gostrey Meadow serving teas

Old Vicarage

Old Vicarage

Manor Field carpeted with teasels

Manor Field carpeted with teasels

teasels

teasels

Farnham Parish Church seen across Manor Field

Farnham Parish Church seen across Manor Field

Yesterday was cool, heavy rain all day. Today, surprisingly quite warm.

On the way to Farnham, I looked in on Aldershot Live Music Day. As previous years, not worth a special visit.

Battered old Citroen van in Gostrey Meadow serving teas. Maybe now a regular feature.

Why is the Tony Tresco ice cream van permitted, spewing out diesel fumes?

I thought maybe the hay would have been cut in Manor Field and Bishop’s Meadow. Not yet.

Manor Field carpeted with teasels. Now in flower.

I walked around Manor Field but not Bishop’s Meadow.

River Wey, a little cloudy after heavy rain all yesterday.

I thought have grilled fish at Lion and Lamb Cafe and Restaurant if on the menu. Yes, in luck, set menus, two course meal, or three course meal. I decided it would be pleasant to sit outside, only half of Farnham had the same idea. Luckily a table free.

I waited and waited. After a long wait, asked would I like a menu? Further long wait before I am asked what I want. Set dinner not shown, though chalk board outside says set dinner. I draw attention to set menu, place my order, only to be told not available until six o’clock. Oh silly me, I had not troubled to read the small print of the menu in the window.

I was told I could wait until six, nearly half an hour. Having already waited, I declined, and walked off.

Fish n chip shop in Downing Street. I usually have cod and chips, but fancied grilled mackerel. Not on the menu. The best they could offer was grilled salmon.

Walking back, past Lion and Lamb Cafe and Restaurant on my way to Waitrose, it was empty, not a single person outside or inside.

After finishing my shop at Waitrose, a free coffee. Not possible as all three coffee machines were out of action.

Jeremy Corbyn: Most dangerous man in Britain

July 25, 2015

More dirty tricks from Labour Establishment?

Supporter registrations are being blocked on the flimsiest of grounds.

Non-appearance on the Electoral Roll.

Many people do not appear, because they have specifically asked that their details be made not public.

And what is the relevance of being on the Electoral Roll?

People are registering in order that they may cast a vote for Labour Party leader.

Now it is being urged that Harriet Harman (she who told Labour MPs not to vote against Tory Welfare Bill) suspend the leadership election because it is suspected that people are registering as Labour Party members in order that they may cast a vote for Jeremy Corbyn. It is also being suggested that background checks be carried out on those registering to vote.

Shock horror, people are registering as Labour Party supporters to vote for Jeremy Corbyn to turn Labour into a radical, progressive, grass roots party that actually acts for the people not banksters and big businesses.

Democracy?

All those in Labour opposing Jeremy Corbyn should leave Labour and form a new party: We Are The Tories Under a Different Name Party.

70 years ago a modest man took Labour to a landslide victory. That man was Clem Atlee.

If you want to vote for Jeremy Corbyn, simply register as a Labour Party Supporter at a one off fee of £3 and you can vote.

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 25, 2015
bandstand

bandstand

If you are going to hold a live music event, then at least do the job properly.

No lessons have been learnt from the failure of previous events.

Early in the week there was no publicity for the event, apart from a banner at the bandstand. And the only people who would have seen this is those alighting off the No 1 bus and walking by the bandstand into the town or cutting across to catch buses to Farnham.

What is the purpose of the event? Is it to attract people into the town? If yes, then why a stage at Wastegate? If three stages, then one should be an acoustic set, top end of Union Street outside Caffe Macchiato. People can then sit have a coffee and enjoy the music.

Music? Previous years the music has been dire, a lot of noise and enthusiasm but little talent.

Two acts at the bandstand were dire.

trio

trio

On the stage bottom end of Union street, a trio, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and wind instrument, were quite good. Good enough to inquire had they recorded anything. Confusing as to who they actually were as the name was changed whilst they were playing.

It may of course been there were some good acts, but with the exception of the trio, better to be found playing on the street in Guildford.

Why is the Tony Tresco ice cream van permitted, spewing out diesel fumes?

If well run, Tony Tresco ice cream van would not be permitted, there would be food stalls, quality food, not shit burgers, on the green by the bandstand.

The Saturday market in Union Street, what the imbecile leader of the council claims a huge success, was as dead as ever.

Next weekend: Staycation Live in Godalming.

T-O-N-Y! YOU AIN’T GOT NO ALIBI. YOU TORY!

July 24, 2015

It’s difficult to know anything certain about modern politics. As Adam Curtis points out in his “Oh-Dearism” documentary, there is an emerging “strategy of power that keeps any opposition constantly confused, a ceaseless shapeshifting that is unstoppable because it’s indefinable”. It’s diaphanous, a dark attic full of spider webs, and the intention of the political elite is to make sure you don’t understand.

Every now and again, though, a little light breaks through the murk, and lets us see what the machinating cluster of arachnids are up to.

It seems rather telling that the mainstream establishment is getting all shrill and scurrilous about Jeremy Corbyn. After the poll that said Corbyn would win the Labour leadership 6 points ahead of Andy Burnham, centrists, Blairites and Blairs fell over each other to slander the man himself, as unelectable, and then to scoff at his supporters. St. Tony of Baghdad, lobbyist to the shadows, left many reeling with indignation when he spoke to the think tank Progress on Wednesday. Let us not forget that there is a wide consensus that this man should be tried for war crimes, and yet he has the gall to tell others to get “a heart transplant”?! He appeared from his coffin, looking like a wax puppet from an American remake of a Japanese horror film, and condescended to the nation with talk of winning “from the centre” and the dangers of comfort blankets. The sheep-dog yapped and the flock bolted. Margaret Beckett described herself as a “moron” for supporting Corbyn’s candidacy. Yvette Cooper said she would never serve in a shadow cabinet lead by Corbyn. John McTernan suggested that two candidates should drop out of the race to create an “anyone-but-Corbyn” campaign. The barks and bleats have become deafening.

In a leadership election that should be defined by new rules that make it more democratic, it seems ironically undemocratic that this tactic of sabotage should be used from within the party. The momentum is with Corbyn. Doesn’t it show a huge arrogance, for the other leading Labour politicians, to flagrantly disregard what the most significant faction of Labour supporters are saying? Rather than denigrating the man’s personality and dragging their heels in New Labour mud, shouldn’t they recognise that what many people want is a party of real opposition to sit next to the SNP in the house of commons? And if the left-wing are so “unelectable”, please tell me how the SNP won all those seats?

I’m not sure that this hullabaloo is at all damaging to Corbyn’s campaign though. That conversation we were all having for the previous god-knows-how-long (you know, the one about the Westminster bubble and the London elite being out of touch; the one that resulted in massive election turn outs for the SNP and UKIP), it didn’t just go away because we had a general election. Right now, the more Jeremy Corbyn is held cheap by the establishment, the more he begins to look like an intriguing outsider, relatable, and unfazed with the squabbling in the political playground.

The inverse of Nigel Farage, he appears to be a cool-headed, honest, considerate man, one of the few modern politicians who doesn’t seem to have been trained in neuro-linguistic programming, unconflicted in his political views, and abstemious in his daily life. He is one of the only politicians of note that seems to truly recognise the dire inequality that exists in this country today and actually have a problem with it. There is something inherently virtuous about him, and that is a quality that can rally the support of a lot of people, and most importantly, a lot of young people. With the big three zero on the horizon for me, I don’t know if I still count as a “young person”. What I can say is that for the first time in my adult life there is a politician from a mainstream party who shares my views and those of most people I know, and also has a chance of actually doing something to create a shift in the paradigm, from corporate puppetry to conscientious societal representation.

The hysteria that has rendered certain members of the Labour party catatonic, and has the right wing press rubbing its hands together in glee, is ultimately based on nonsense. The fact is that this election is not for the position of king of kings but for the leader of a party of equals. No matter how far left Jeremy Corbyn is, if he is voted leader he will have to represent a party that is jam packed with shy Tories and Blairites. He would be dragged towards the centre ground anyway. But he would have galvanised the support of many disparate factions of society, who didn’t vote in the general election, or who voted UKIP, or maybe even some of those who voted Tory.

In the USA, Senator Bernie Sanders is currently running his presidential campaign for 2016. He is a firebrand, a self proclaimed democratic socialist, and support for him is snow-balling. He’s a straight talking realist who is committed to outing the perversions of the system and seems to be unafraid of standing up for the rights of individuals against those of corporations. At the official opening of his campaign in Vermont in May, he had one clear message to anyone who doubted his ability to win: “Don’t underestimate me.” It seems that it wasn’t until Jeremy Corbyn took the lead in the polls that the rest of the Labour party worked out not to underestimate him. It just might be that he is the right person to clean out the cobwebs and fix those attic lights.

— Charlotte Church

Reposted from CharlotteSayshmmm.

Wonderful words from Charlotte Church.

As she says

He is one of the only politicians of note that seems to truly recognise the dire inequality that exists in this country today and actually have a problem with it. There is something inherently virtuous about him, and that is a quality that can rally the support of a lot of people, and most importantly, a lot of young people. … What I can say is that for the first time in my adult life there is a politician from a mainstream party who shares my views and those of most people I know, and also has a chance of actually doing something to create a shift in the paradigm, from corporate puppetry to conscientious societal representation.

Jeremy Corbyn has managed to engage with ordinary people, who do not wish to be ruled by a political class that acts for banksters and corporations.

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PostCapitalism: The End of Capitalism

July 24, 2015

We know capitalism has failed, we saw that with the banking crisis, wehn it caused a worldwide crash, from which we have still not recovered, but it is being used as an excuse for austerirty, shock doctrine, slash and burn of public services, mass closure of public libraries, cuts to public services, cuts to welafre fotr the poorest.

We know capitalism has failed, with its demand for endless growth that is now putting the palnet at risk.

We know capitalism has failed because with P2P, sharing, the gift economy, open co-ops, collaborative commons, therea re alternative ways of woarking, of welath creation, that are more equaitable, that give worker stasisfayion, that do not wreck the planet.

Uber is not the sharing economy. It is worker explootaion, serfs working for an app. It is not an example of inovation, undercutting an existing regime, it is cowboy, unlicnced taxi drivers competing with adn undercutting regulated taxi drivers.

—- draft not yet to be published —–

Plan C
Revolution
Sacred Economics
This Changes Everything
Has capitalism had its day?

Jeremy Corbyn addressing a meeting in Bristol

July 24, 2015
packed meeting in Bristol to hear  Jeremy Corbyn

packed meeting in Bristol to hear Jeremy Corbyn

A picture is worth a thousand words. Every picture tells a story.

A packed meeting in Bristol to hear Jeremy Corbyn speak.

People’s Campaign for Corbyn:

Absolutely packed Jeremy Corbyn meeting in Bristol tonight. Politics is changing in Britain before our very eyes and the Blairites can keep moaning all they like but they won’t stop this movement.

People do not vote because they are sick and disgusted with two-faced hypocrites out to line their own pockets, who do not speak for them, who act for the banks and big business.

Jeremy Corbyn, like Caroline Lucas, is a rare example of a politician who listens to people, who shares their concerns, who acts for them.

He was on the streets demonstrating against austerity, supporting the Greeks in their fight against the EU.

It is because he is listening, that people sense real change, that people are willing to back him, turn out to meetings to hear what he has to say, lend their support.

The attack on Jeremy Corbyn by discredited and despised Tony Blair, only added to his support.

As has Labour wannabe leader Liz Kendal who said he is unfit to lead the Labour Party. No, the one who is unfit is Liz Kendal, who supports Tory attacks on the poor.

The Labour Establishment has crawled out of the woodwork to attack Jeremy Corbyn. These are the same people who lost the Election in May, who still do not get it why Labour lost.

Harriet Harman does not get it when she told Labour MPs not to vote against the Tory Welfare Bill that will take £12 billion out of the pockets of the poor. 48 Labour MPs had the decency and integrity of ignoring her, 48 Labour MPs that included Jeremy Corbyn, that included 18 newly elected Labour MPs, voted against the Welfare Bill.

They were accused by the Labour Establishment of damaging the Party, no those who damaged the Party were those who sat on their hands who could not be bothered to vote.

Tweedledee v Tweedledum, that was why Labour lost the election, no one could tell the difference. If you are going to vote Tory, you may as well vote the real thing, or not vote at all. In Scotland they had a real choice, that is why they voted SNP and why Labour is unelectable in Scotland for the foreseeable future.

People do not want austerity, they do not want to see library closures, cuts to NHS, the poorest people in society being bled dry, companies like Starbucks and Vodafone failing to pay taxes, privatised rail and power and water companies ripping us off, bankers getting away with fraud.

Mark Steel on Jeremy Corbyn:

If you look at Corbyn’s record it’s clear he just can’t win elections. In his constituency of Islington North he inherited a majority of 4,456, which is now 21,194. He’s one of the few Labour MPs whose vote increased between 2005 and 2010, when he added 5,685 to his majority. This is typical of the man, defying the official Labour policy of losing votes and getting more of them instead, just to be a rebel.

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