Is Corbyn a socialist and does it (no longer) matter if he isn’t?

19 November 2019 — InvestigatingImperialism

By William Bowles

Is this our last chance before the darkness falls?

This is probably the most difficult piece I’ve ever had to write, at least about the Labour Party. My feelings about Corbyn and the Labour Party are on record, here, here, here and here, to name a few. The Labour Party is a party of Imperialism and always has been since its inception, well over a century ago. Even its high point in 1945, with the creation of the welfare state, occurred through pressure from below and just as today, capitalism was bankrupt and in crisis. The Labour government, in return for the Welfare state, saved capitalism from revolution (or collapse). The gains made during that critical period following WWII lasted about thirty years before the lords of capital started taking back what ‘we’ had tried to take from them and by 1975 we were clearly not equipped to resist. In part, the Labour Party was directly responsible, in fact it was party to the attacks on the Welfare state and the working class.

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Anti-Semitism Bandwagon Resumes Against Corbyn

17 November 2019 — Consortium News

Jonathan Cook

For a few months over the summer the British corporate media largely lost interest in smearing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite. Maybe they had begun to worry that the constant drum-beat of the past three years was deadening the public’s sensitivity to such claims.

But an election is now weeks away, and the anti-Semitism smear bandwagon is being rolled out once again.

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Blairite Margaret Hodge refuses to back Corbyn, exposing fraud of Labour’s “socialist transformation”

13 November 2019 — WSWS

By Thomas Scripps

Labour Party MP Dame Margaret Hodge has refused to endorse party leader Jeremy Corbyn as a potential prime minister. Her comments come just days after former Labour MPs John Woodcock, John Mann and Ian Austin called for a vote for Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party.

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The Guardians of the Jewish ‘Mainstream’ Have Their Own Questions to Answer Over Jews’ Corbyn Fears

10 November 2019 — Novara Media

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by Douglas Gerrard

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On day one of this general election campaign, the Jewish Chronicle ran an editorial imploring non-Jewish British citizens not to vote Labour. Citing a poll commissioned by the paper which suggested that 87% of British Jews consider Jeremy Corbyn to be an antisemite, the Chronicle warned: “If this man is chosen as our next prime minister, the message will be stark: that our dismay that he could ever be elevated to a prominent role in British politics, and our fears of where that will lead, are irrelevant.” 

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Home Office-funded counter-extremism group promoting anti-Corbyn messages

10 November 2019 — The Canary

An initiative receiving counter-extremism funding from the Home Office has reportedly been posting consistently anti-Corbyn messages.

Faith Matters is funded by the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together programme (BSBT). It has regularly shared views against Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. According to a report published by the Home Office in October, it has awarded “around £8.8 million of government funding” to recipients of BSBT funding since 2016.
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GE2019 Reveals True Purpose of “Antisemitism” Smear Campaign

9 November 2019 — Off Guardian

With the call of the election, we see the early fruition of years of propaganda

Kit Knightly

The centrists really didn’t want this election. The reasons were never made especially clear. I know some people said it was a trick to force through No Deal Brexit, and apparently it means some (as yet unidentified) school had to cancel its Christmas fete.

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The Media Is Biased Against Jeremy Corbyn – but Does That Even Matter in This Election?

6 November 2019 — Novara Media

On 11 April 1992, Murdoch-owned redtop newspaper The Sun ran with the headline ‘It’s the Sun Wot Won It’, proudly proclaiming to have handed a general election victory to Conservative John Major, to the detriment of ‘evil’ left-winger Neil Kinnock. However, a few years later, scientific research found ‘no support’ for this bullish claim.

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Election 2019 – The key indicators that may determine the result

4 November 2019 — True Publica

TruePublica Editor: There is no possibility of predicting what will be the outcome of election 2019. The pollsters will do everything they can to attempt to regain the confidence of … well, anyone after disastrous prediction results and their criminality at the EU referendum. At the 2015 election, 2016 referendum and 2017 snap election, they were either way off the mark or lying and their reputation in political circles lies in tatters. Forget what the pollsters say until it’s we know the actual results. An article at the London School of Economics explains that polling on vote expectations rather than vote intentions (a big mistake by pollsters since 2015) is the answer. We’ll see. 

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European Union delays Brexit extension decision as Corbyn tries to avoid general election By Robert Stevens

26 October 2019 — WSWS

The European Union (EU) has formally agreed to grant an extension to Brexit but is holding off on how long it should be. Ambassadors for the 27 member states met for two hours Friday. Due to divisions and given the stalemate in the British parliament, they said a final decision would be made early next week.

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UK: Factional warfare in Corbyn leadership after McDonnell allies with Blairites over Brexit By Chris Marsden

15 October 2019 — WSWS

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is staging a “coup” against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, according to numerous media reports.

The Sunday Times describes McDonnell as Labour’s “leader in all but name,” having “assumed control of the party amid claims that Jeremy Corbyn is preparing to step down.” This includes being “in daily charge of the Labour operation as the party moves to an election footing,” launching “his own policy platform” and drawing up “a list of appointments he wants in the leader of the opposition’s office, known as LOTO, to surround Corbyn with his allies.”

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