The Labour Party’s Betrayal and the Establishment’s Vendetta: A Tale of Lost Hope
Yes, the press did a job on Corbyn, but the Labour Party stuck the knife in!
In the annals of political history, few sagas are as emblematic of betrayal and intrigue as the rise and fall of Jeremy Corbyn within the Labour Party. While the press may have wielded its venomous pen against him, it was the very party he sought to lead that plunged the dagger into his back.
The establishment’s response to the prospect of a principled, progressive, and left-wing leader assuming the mantle of prime minister was nothing short of incredulous. They spared no dirty trick in their arsenal to thwart this seismic shift in British politics.
Corbyn’s platform was clear and unapologetic: renationalising utilities, railways, substantial NHS funding, free education, the abolition of education fees, writing off student loans, and a commitment to disarmament and peaceful negotiation over militarism. His agenda resonated with those longing for a fairer, more just society.
But the establishment, rattled by Corbyn’s popular policies and his genuine commitment to the people, mobilised their propaganda machinery to ensure he would never reach the highest office. The onslaught was relentless, not confined to right-wing media alone. Surprisingly, an equal measure of animosity emanated from within his own party, where detractors worked tirelessly to unseat him.
For many Labour Party MPs, it was open season on Corbyn. From the infamous chicken coup onward, the assaults continued unabated. Some plotted covertly, while others waged overt attacks throughout his leadership. Astonishingly, individuals like Woodcock, Mann, and Austin, who actively participated in undermining their own party’s leader, were subsequently rewarded with peerages by the Conservative Party.
Irrespective of one’s stance on Corbyn or the Labour Party, the fact that party staffers, MPs, and officials conspired to undermine their own party’s election prospects is an affront to democracy itself. It is a breach of trust that casts a shadow over the illusion of a multi-party democracy, rendering it a one-party state.
The #LabourLeaks shed light on the machinations within the Labour Party. It exposed the determination of centrists to halt Jeremy Corbyn and the prospect of a left-leaning government in its tracks. However, the Forde inquiry, tasked with investigating these allegations, has been repeatedly delayed. Meanwhile, some of the suspended staffers have been quietly readmitted to the Labour Party, with no public disclosure of the inquiry’s findings.
One particularly striking case is that of Emilie Oldknow, the former Unison’s assistant general secretary and wife of Labour MP Jonathan Ashworth. She was suspended last year following the “Labour leaks” dossier, which implicated her in a conspiracy to replace Corbyn as leader. Despite her extensive involvement in the leaked report and her association with controversial statements, she was reinstated into the party without the completion or public release of the Forde inquiry.
Her name features hundreds of times in the leaked report, with some of the most shocking and offensive statements attributed to her. Yet she is allowed back into the party without the Forde inquiry being completed or made public.
Meanwhile, thousands of Labour members remained suspended most unjustifiably suspended in a witchhunt by these very same staffers who in all appearances made the greatest efforts to undermine their own party and fit people up for doing as little as liking the wrong social media comment. The reason #ItWasAScam.
The open hostility toward Corbyn was not limited to the Labour staffer and members of the PLP. Labour peers like Lord Peter Mandelson, a key architect of New Labour and a figurehead in the “People’s Vote” campaign, publicly admitted to working every day to undermine Corbyn’s leadership.
He added: “Why do you want to just walk away and pass the title deeds of this great party over to someone like Jeremy Corbyn? I don’t want to, I resent it, and I work every single day in some small way to bring forward the end of his tenure in office.
“Something, however small it may be – an email, a phone call or a meeting I convene – every day I try to do something to save the Labour Party from his leadership.”
In response, a Labour source hit back at the peer, suggesting Mandelson was part of the establishment. “The idea of Jeremy Corbyn being prime minister and implementing policies that actually benefit the people terrifies the establishment, so it’s no surprise Peter Mandelson has found time in his busy schedule of spending time on oligarch’s yachts to attempt to undermine him,” the source said.
Labour sources aptly observed that Corbyn’s potential premiership and policies that genuinely benefited the people rattled the establishment, prompting figures like Mandelson to act. The insidious insistence on a vote-losing second referendum policy by centrists like Watson and Starmer, perpetually advocated by the likes of Mandelson, further exacerbated the Labour Party’s woes.
The 2019 General Election bore witness to a level of disinformation unparalleled in British politics.
Amidst Brexit turmoil, a looming health crisis, and growing environmental concerns, it was billed as one of Britain’s most historic elections.
One where Jeremy Corbyn endured a vicious media campaign against him, with right-wing publications stooping to new lows in character assassination. The Labour leader received inadequate support from a largely centrist Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) that appeared content to let him face the media onslaught without robust defence.
History may record that, despite all odds, Labour nearly won the 2017 general election. However, the triumph was short-lived, and normalcy was swiftly restored. Today, the Left finds itself marginalised within the Labour Party, evicted by a cohort of centrist landlords, both metaphorically and figuratively.
The coup de grâce came with Corbyn’s removal, as centrists once again seized control. With Corbyn gone, the establishment’s chosen opposition leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has taken the reins. The threat has been neutralised, and the Labour Party’s fate is now in the hands of the establishment led by Sir Keir Starmer.
In the backdrop of these internal struggles, the 2019 General Election unfolded, marred by what has been characterised as unparalleled disinformation, a cacophony of falsehoods, and misinformation that shaped the political landscape. The reality of politics, it seems, can be even more dramatic and sinister than Shakespeare ever imagined.
The insistence of a vote-losing second referendum policy from centrists Like Watson, Starmer and of course, pushed constantly by the former EU commissioner and head of ‘Britain Stronger IN Europe’, the official “Remain” campaign led by Lord Peter Mandelson who coincidently also employed in that same ‘remain’ organisation many of the staffers who appeared on the controversial panorama program ‘Is Labour anti-Semitic?’ again coincidently the same staffers implemented in the #LabourLeaks report and who received a six-figure out of court sum paid by the Labour party going against legal advice on the orders of Sir Keir Starmer.
George Orwell, in 1937 wrote:
“The Ideal of Socialism has been buried beneath layer after layer of doctrinaire priggishness, party squabbles, and half-baked ‘progressivism’ until it is like a diamond hidden under a mountain of dung. The job of the Socialist is to get it out again.”
Starmer has once again buried any form of Socialism within the Labour Party his job has was to transform it into a bastion of liberalism where only self matters.
The 2019 General Election was marred by what leading fact-checking organisations and some journalists have characterised as unparalleled disinformation. It took place against the backdrop of acute political instability and uncertainty over how to deal with Britain’s looming departure from the European Union, an unravelling health crisis, and the climate emergency. It was described by all parties as a seismic election in terms of the significance and urgency of the issues at stake.
Not only did Jeremy Corbyn suffer the most viciousness of media campaign against him from the right wing press who during his tenure had been allowed to plummet to new lows, spewing out articles of misinformation and character assassination all with seeming impunity, and in the main Corbyn was left with little support from a predominantly centrist PLP who seemed happy to have their leader vilified by the press and TV media.
A new campaign group led by Dr Justin Schlosberg titled ‘Truth defence’ has examined the extent of the Conservative Party’s use of “disinformation” during the 2019 general election campaign. The detail is staggering.
• The extent of false or misleading advertising by the Conservative Party was seven
times that of Labour over the course of the campaign.
• False online advertising was heavily skewed towards the final week of the campaign
and reinforced by an unprecedented number of non-party campaigners advertising on
• Both Google and Facebook failed to remove ads long after their claims had been
comprehensively debunked by fact-checking organisations.
• Several ads not removed by Google directed users to the website
‘labourmanifesto.co.uk’ run by the Conservative Party.
• Even when ads were removed by Google, they had already run for an average of 7 days
with a potential reach of millions.
• False and misleading claims by the Conservative Party were significantly amplified by
the mainstream press but also challenged – to some extent – by television news.
• Whilst television news journalists did question the veracity of some Tory claims, there
was often a significant time lag from when they were first reported.
• The framing of the fake news issue on television obscured the vastly disproportionate
role of the Conservative Party in producing and disseminating falsehoods
The full report can be found Here