Richard Angell, leader of Blairite movement Progress, complained to Julie Hartley-Brewer on Talk Radio that so-called ‘moderates’ in the Labour Party are being bullied by Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters. And he raises concerns about the threat of deselections – but he never complained when Blairites held a leadership coup last year.
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Now Richard and his Blairite core know how Jeremy Corbyn supporters feel. They have continuously attacked us and undermined Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. They also supported last year’s botched leadership coup, and they have persistently blocked pro-Corbyn candidates from standing in local and national elections – but then complained when their chosen candidate lost and blamed us for it.
Blairites are now getting a taste of what they have put us through since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader in 2015 – and they don’t like it. They have absolutely no right accusing pro-Corbyn supporters of bullying after the vindictive hate campaigns they have staged against us. They have used all tactics to try and destroy Jeremy Corbyn’s movement including false claims of antisemitism and homophobia, and there was an isolated incident where a pro-Corbyn member was falsely accused of spitting at a Blairite.
Richard Angell has repeatedly attacked pro-Corbyn supporters and campaigners online. He was very vocal about them when Labour lost the Copeland by-election in February, yet refused to accept that the Blairites’ chosen candidate, Gillian Troughton, was the reason why. Copeland voted Brexit by 62%, but Gillian backed the Remain campaign. This did not go down well with the voters.
The outcome of the snap general election was proof that New Labour is dead. Jeremy Corbyn defied his critics and performed way better than expected. In fact, it was Labour’s best performance since 1945, under Clement Attlee.
Some Blairites have accepted that Jeremy Corbyn is here to stay and are now supporting him and calling for party unity, but regrettably, not everyone on the Labour-right is singing from the same hymn sheet.
The likelihood of Britain having another snap election this side of Christmas has become a reality. The Tories are deeply divided and are in a worse state than Labour was this time last year. Many Tory MPs are angry that Theresa May lost the party its majority. Tory MPs are also divided on Brexit, austerity and the DUP deal.
Labour should be exploiting the Tories’ situation and get ready for another snap election. The latest poll gave Labour a 6-point lead over the Tories and this is why Theresa May is too afraid to call a snap election. As each day passes, Theresa May gets closer to falling on her sword. As the saying goes: ‘give ’em enough rope’.
Jeremy Corbyn will be the next Prime Minister and his social reforms will transform Britain and end austerity and inequality. And his supporters and campaigners will make sure it happens, whether Blairites like it or not.