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Owen Smith unfit to be Labour leader

July 22, 2016
Owen Smith sinks to new low

Owen Smith sinks to new low

With his comparison of working under Jeremy Corbyn to be akin to working at Sports Direct, Owen Smith has demonstrated why he is unfit to be Labour leader.

But why should we expect any better from Owen Smith?

This is a man whose background is PR (or in other words a paid liar), who worked as a lobbyist for a major US pharmaceutical company.

Conditions at Sports Direct have been compared with a  a Victorian workhouse.

On You and Yours at midday, a former worker was describing how bad it was. She had to sign in using a fingerprint scanner, pay was docked for fifteen minutes if less than a minute late. Had to stay behind after the store closed for anything up to an hour, unpaid time. These are exploited workers who are  on minimum wage, zero hours contracts. The ex-worker described it as being in a prison.

Unlike Owen Smith, Oily Smith as he is known in Wales, Jeremy Corbyn has spent his life fighting for the poor and disenfranchised. His leadership campaign reinforces that.

This evening on Any Questions, similar smears and attacks from Hazel Blears in an anti-Corby rant.

Peter Hichens leapt to the defence of Jeremy Corbyn and said it was appalling the way a decent man was being treated by his enemies.

Hazel Blears was a disaster as a minster. Did she not fiddle her expenses?

Angela Eagle has also joined the smear campaign. This is the woman  who came a poor fourth in election for deputy leader last year, who thought she could challenge Jeremy Corbyn as leader, and yet could not even garner the support of her local party, let alone the party as a whole.

Angela Eagle lied about her office window being bricked, and about cancelling a public appearance at a hotel for fear of violence (the proprietor simply didn’t want a Labour event on his premises). She is now refusing to meet with her constituents. But is that not part of her job description? If she is not prepared to do the job she is paid to do, then should she not resign and a by-election be called?

The local party of Angela Eagle has been suspended. This is the second local party to be suspended. The first was Brighton last week.

Strange how local parties which publicly support Jeremy Corbyn get suspended.

It is politicians like Angela Eagle, Hazel Blears, Owen Smith, why people have nothing but utter contempt for politicians.

They are prepared to destroy the Labour Party, than allow Jeremy Corbyn remain as leader.

They lack any policies. The only thing they have in common is a hatred of Jeremy Corbn and everything he stands for.

Is Owen Smith the best the coup plotters could come up with?

It turns out Oily Smith is himself a very unpleasant nasty little bully.  He bullied a Labour Party member for daring to tell the truth about him, and tried to bully a journalist into not publishing a story.

Liza Van Zyl on remarks Oily Smith made in Wales in the run-up to the 2015 General Election:

I was a Labour Party activist who had no choice but to resign from the party after a very unpleasant encounter with Mr Smith. I am recounting it now because I believe it is very important that his views are robustly challenged if he stands for the Labour leadership.

On Saturday 7th March 2015 I attended a Labour meeting in Pontypridd at which the guest speaker was Owen Smith MP, then shadow secretary of state for Wales. When questions were invited from the floor, I asked Mr Smith why, given that the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) has been responsible for a great many more deaths than the Bedroom Tax, Labour had pledged to scrap the Bedroom Tax but had said nothing about pledging to scrap the WCA. Mr Smith replied that Labour could not pledge to scrap the WCA because this would make Labour appear weak on benefits in the eyes of the media and compromise Labour’s general-election chances.

I posted this on Facebook and a journalist took it up and posted the story online. Subsequently the journalist was threatened with legal action by Mr Smith if he did not take the story down. I was very intimidated by the prospect of defending myself in court, and I had no money for a legal defence. In addition my Labour colleagues were terribly keen to maintain good relations with Mr Smith and would probably have backed Mr Smith and not me if it came to a court case (one of them had even contacted the journalist and briefed against me). So I asked the journalist to pull the story and I deleted references to it on Facebook.

The journalist was Mark Sivier and he refused to pull the story.

But the story, apart from the crude bullying, raises further questions as to the eligibility of Owen Smith to be Labour leader, he refused to oppose Work Capability Assessment. This is the assessment that finds sick people fit to work.  But then this is par for the course for Oily Jones, who claims to be as radical as Jeremy Corbyn, he abstained on Tory Welfare Cuts to the poor.

In light of this bullying, should Oily Jones not be suspended for bringing the Party into disrepute?

We have the coup plotters threatening a war of attrition if Jeremy Corbyn wins and refuses to step down.

They still fail to get their heads around why they lost the last election.

Owen Smith appears to be a student of the Joseph Goebbels Propaganda School, repeat a big enough lie often enough and it will be believed. Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable. Only it flies in the face of the evidence.

  • Jeremy Corbyn around 750,000 followers on facebook
  • Labour Party around 500,000 followers on facebook
  • Owen Jones around 3,000 followers on facebook

People are sick of politicians like Oily Jones. That is why they welcome Jeremy Corbyn for bringing forth a new type of politics, one that acts for the poor and disadvantaged, that appeals to the good in people, not their greed, that encourages participation.

What Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters threaten, is the cosy little world of the elites, of politicians who think they have a sinecure for life and resent having to be accountable to the people they allegedly represent.

That is why establishment newspapers like The Guardian run smear campaigns against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.

Their world is about to come crashing down and the more they smear and bully Jeremy Corbyn, the stronger becomes his support, because ordinary people desire change, real change, not politicians who all look the same, liars and automatons, with their snouts in the trough.

Gerrymandering by Labour NEC

July 13, 2016

It was not even on the agenda. At a stroke, Labour Party NEC disenfranchised over 100,000 party members and hiked the fee for registered supporters from £3 to £25.

Yesterday, Labour NEC agreed to allow Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot.

Why did it take nearly six hours, and threat of legal action, when the rules were crystal clear with no wriggle room?

As Jeremy Corbyn left the room, to tell supporters outside of the good news, and a few of his supporters also left the meeting, NEC slipped through rule changes, at a  stroke disenfranchised over 100,000 members from taking part in the ballot, and levied a charge of £25 for those wishing to register as supporters.

These rule changes were not on the agenda.

All Labour members who joined after 12 January have been disenfranchised.

Contrast with the big push to get people to register to vote before the EU Referendum.

What we are seeing is an illustration of all that is rotten within the Labour Party.

We have been here before. We saw the same gerrymandering of the leadership election last year. People who tried to register as supporters were blocked on quite trivial grounds. Lists were sent to local Labour Parties to strip out any possible Corbyn supporters. Many people never received their ballot papers.

A few years ago, Labour Party rules were changed, no longer Bloc Votes by Trade Union bosses at party conferences. Now, Trade Union members may vote as individual affiliated members.

It is possible join the Unite union as a community member, paying 50p a week until becoming an affiliate member by 8 August 2016. Downside, have to sign a Direct Debit.

Lunchtime on Wato, a tearful member of Labour NEC complaining they were intimidated. And what was this intimidation? A threat of legal action if they failed to comply with the rules and let Jeremy Corbyn onto the ballot. This is not intimidation.

She also wanted a secret ballot, and claimed Jeremy Corbyn was encouraging intimidation by opposing a secret ballot. Jeremy Corbyn has consistently opposed any intimidation.

She was not questioned on why they had disenfranchised over 100,000 members, why the £25 registration fee, why those who have previously registered as supporters are not entitled to vote.

No one else from the labour NEC was granted a platform.

What happened on Wato is just one of many examples of BBC bias. It has now become almost a daily occurrence on Wato. Last night on World Tonight, Blair chum Charlie Falconer, they shared a flat together, granted a platform to give his views on Labour Party split (there is no split, but according to BBC there is).  Paul Mason gives another example.

Owen Smith has thrown his hat into the leadership race. He says he wishes to help heal the wounds in the Party, says he respects the will of the membership.

It is the likes of Owen Smith, Angela Eagle and other coup plotters, who have caused the wounds in the party. Will Owen Smith be speaking out against the action of Labour NEC to disenfranchise any Party member who joined after 12 January 2016, demand the reduction of the £25 registration fee for supporters, and to extend the period of registration beyond a few days?

Owen Smith is a former special adviser and lobbyist for a US giant pharmaceutical  company, background in PR. Is he the type of person to lead the Labour Party?

As Theresa May returned from Buckingham Palace having accepted the invitation to form the next government, she gave a speech on social justice that could have done justice to Jeremy Corbyn or John McDonnell. Even David Cameron in his last words as Prime Minister, highlighted his achievements in terms of social justice.  And yet the coup plotters still do not recognise the world has moved on, still cannot get their heads around why they lost the last election, want to return the Party to the dark days of war criminal Tony Blair.

The Labour leadership campaign should be used as an opportunity to turn Labour into a mass social movement, that engages with people at every possible level. That is no longer about people like Owen Jones and his ego and ambitions, it is about engaging with many people, of involving many people, at all levels. It is not about power, and obsession with power, which is all that motivates the coup plotters. It is following the example of Barcelona, Frome in Somerset. It provides the opportunity to engage with people, to reach  a broad consensus of what they wish a Post-Brexit future to look like.

In Barcelona, the activists who now control City Hall, recognise democracy is far more than ticking a box in a ballot paper every few years.

But if the coup plotters want war, then deliver them war.  Ordinary people should take control of their local Labour Party. Labour NEC needs a clear out, as does the Labour head office. And when a General Election is called, every single one of the coup plotters should be de-selected and replaced not by Party automatons (we have had enough of them), but with people who are capable of independent thought, who will act for the people who elected them.


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