And a – literally – very warm welcome to you all, for the second part of my round-up of my Saveed Miliband pieces in the Far-Right Guardian.
The three pieces today all come from December 2015 and cover, respectively, the Hard-Right BBC; the need for Labour to rid itself of all the Far-Right Red Tory Traitors in its ranks; and Labour’s – literally – stunning by-election victory in that notoriously solid Tory seat, Oldham West.
As ever, a link to the original article and my comment, along with any replies, is provided under each piece.
Strictly Come Dancing is a success story that could only work at the BBC (article by Jonathan Freedland, 18.12.15)
Well said, Mr Freedland.
The BBC is now one of the few bulwarks left in this country against fascist, racist neoliberalism, and as such should be defended by all Socialists.
The Licence Fee, by charging everyone exactly the same (with only a small increase for those who choose not to pay a year’s worth at a go) is an example of true Socialism in action. No wonder Right-wingers want to abolish it, as part of their evil plan to inflict hardship and austerity on the most vulnerable people in our society.
Only Tory Trolls, Ukippers, n’er do wells and deeply reactionary, subversive trouble-makers could possibly object to paying such a tiny amount for quality shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Snog, Marry, Avoid. And how could our youngsters possibly grow up as rounded, socially-aware adults without CBBC?
I personally would be prepared to pay double the current level of the Licence Fee for Strictly Come Dancing alone!
Labour party may need to split to survive, says key ex-Blair adviser (report in the Observer, 20.12.15)
The sooner Labour splits, the better.
Once we have purged our Great Movement of all the lickspittle Red Tories – those racist, fascist neoliberals who have rendered Labour unelectable by dragging it to the Far Right – then there will be a great opportunity for true Socialists to build a truly Progressive Alliance.
What we need is to work together with other progressive elements – Greens, feminists, gays, Communists, Trotskyists, students, refugees, the unemployed and victims of Austerity and the widely-hated Bedroom Tax, along with our friends in Hamas, Hezbollah, Sinn Fein and Isis – to achieve a truly Socialist Britain: the Venezuela of Europe, no less!
In order to achieve the kinder, gentler Socialism that the overwhelming majority of people in Britain desire, it will be essential to smash all forms of intolerance, whether it be racism, fascism, support for the Bedroom Tax and Austerity or neoliberalism. Any supporters of such vile policies will be quickly dealt with, in a fully democratic and accountable fashion, of course.
Of course, the 1% and the Banksters, together with the Bullingdon Bully Boys and Red Tory Traitors e.g. Hilary Benn and Angela Eagle, will fight us all the way, aided and abetted by the extreme Right-wing media, e.g. the Guardian and the BBC.
But we, my friends, have the numbers! Led by our widely loved and respected, charismatic and popular Leader, Our Jeremy, flanked by working-class heroes and tribunes of the people like Seumas Milne, Billy Bragg and Charlotte Church and backed by overwhelming numbers of students and other members of the working class, e.g. the unemployed, we can move confidently forward to a truly memorable landslide victory in 2020.
A hundred days in, Corbyn has shown he is no Dave Spart. But what now? (article by Hugh Muir, 21.12.15)
The Tories are absolutely terrified of Jeremy Corbyn, and they are right to be so.
Labour’s recent landslide victory in the highly-marginal Oldham seat says it all. For those naysayers and moaning minnies who claim that Our Jeremy is not an election-winner, here are the key figures:
Tories: 2596 votes
UKIP: 6487 votes
Labour: 17209 votes
Now, my analysis of these figures, which only the dimmest Tories, Kippers and assorted n’er do well’s would dispute, shows that if this result were reproduced at the next election in all 600 seats, Labour would win by the biggest landslide in history.
OK, OK … I know that the results may not be quite so favourable in 2020. Jeremy is enjoying his honeymoon period as Labour Leader, and it’s unlikely that his current extreme level of popularity can be maintained, especially with the Right-wing media (e.g. the Guardian and the BBC) constantly attempting to smear Jeremy by quoting speeches which were made several years ago, and which in any case have been totally taken out of context.
But after years of Austerity, Food Banks, the Bedroom Tax and fascist, racist neoliberalism, who can seriously doubt that in May 2020 there’s going to be a landslide?
In my updated version of my favourite song:
“Though the 1% flinch and Red Tory scum and traitors sneer,
We’ll keep the red flag flying here.”
(NB: This piece was later adapted and expanded in to a blog: Political Analysis: Why Is Our Jeremy So Popular?, and which can be found here. This post also marks the first-ever appearance of my adaptation of the Red Flag chorus, which I later expanded and which now often features as the closing song for the Blog).