Labour Leadership Candidates Might Not As Yet Be Playing Topless Darts For Your Entertainment But I Will Still Report On the Leadership Election Campaign So Far

So Jess Phillips has now officially withdrawn from the 2020 Labour leadership election, saying she wasn’t the leadership candidate who’d be best able to unite all factions of the Labour Party & then take Labour’s message to the country. Jess you’re in fact wrong about not being able to unite the Labour party as you’ve pretty much united the Labour grassroots in opposition to you. I heard former Labour leadership candidate Liz Blairite Kendall when appearing on BBC Politics Live say in response to Jess Phillips woeful performance at the leadership hustings in Liverpool this past weekend that it was unfair to have expected Jess to have been substantive on policy, oh so the chairperson at the leadership hustings should have asked Jess who was seeking to lead the main opposition party in this country & thus essentially the government in waiting, what colour socks does she prefers wearing or have political journalists ask her what’s her favourite variety of ice cream? Yes I realise Jess Phillips has a personality, in fact she has oodles of personality, which no one will doubt is a positive as I’m sure it’s endearing for many people, but we need somebody as Labour leader who’s a bit more then a gobshite when it comes to cold hard politics, yes Boris Johnson endears himself to people with his whole lovable roguish buffoon act but he seriously lacks an eye for detail the consequence of which has contributed to an innocent British woman to be locked up in an Iranian prison.

Jess Phillips

I’ve heard various complaints that the current Labour leadership election lacks personality & fizz to it & all in all has been pretty fucking boring. I don’t know what people expect, the candidates contesting the Labour leadership election answering questions on a future Labour government having an integrated transport whilst playing a game of topless darts or answering questions about implementing a Green New Deal whilst playing a round of crazy golf with a washing up glove on their head & having to squawk like a chicken when they miss a shot. The Labour leadership election isn’t some chavvy lame arsed reality TV gameshow here to entertain you, it’s about discussing the serious day to day politics which will affect us all, sure I’ve complained myself about this leadership election campaign being so far somewhat lacklustre, but it was never going to have the fizz & zing that the 2015 Labour leadership election had with Corbynmania & Liz Kendall who if I hadn’t known was a Labour MP I’d have thought was running to be Tory leader with the stuff she was saying.

Labour leadership hustings in Liverpool

Now Jess Phillips has dropped out of the Labour leadership contest, I guess all eyes will turn on Emily Thornberry who’s the other candidate many pundits thought wouldn’t make it through the second round of nominations & onto the final ballot. Yes Emily Thornberry does have a history in being somewhat of a gobshite prone to making gaffes but whereas Jess Phillips’s performance at the recent hustings in Liverpool was shite, I heard some passionate fire from Emily when tackling questions on hot topic issues, plus Emily unlike Jess has frontbench experience & who just loves to remind us all she’s held 7 different frontbench position & has stepped in for Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Ministers Questions. Though she might not have secured any endorsements from trade union affiliates, I’d imagine her campaign strategy has always been to get the requisite number of nominations from Labour Constituency Parties to get onto the final ballot & well after her performance at the weekend she has started to receive nominations from a growing number of CLPs & I don’t think its beyond the realm of possibility she’ll get the required 5% of CLPs backing her for her name to be on the final ballot.

Emily Thornberry

Keir Starmer already has his name on the final ballot to be Labour leader after securing endorsement from two trade union affiliates, but the question I currently have about Keir is am I the only reckons he looks like marionette out of Thunderbirds? I was a little surprise to find out that Journalist & economist & Northern Soul devotee Paul Mason is backing Keir Starmer to be leader considering Paul’s politics are very much to the left even more so then myself & well just about everything Keir Starmer has been saying has been decidedly Blairite when he’s not playing to the gallery. I actually have a great deal of respect for Paul Mason being both an economist & journalist myself (if somewhat hampered by dyslexia) & I actually having something of the hots for Paul as he does seem to be a bloke’s bloke, but I wondering if Paul is backing Keir because he genuinely thinks Labour need to move to the centre ground of politics to have any chance of getting elected back into government or if he’s angling for a job as an adviser if Keir is elected Labour leader?

Keir Starmer

I see Keir was again playing to the gallery at the hustings in Liverpool with him saying he wouldn’t give an interview to The Sun during the leadership election campaign, obviously that’s going to play well to a crowd in Liverpool considering The Scum’s appalling coverage of the Hillsborough Disaster, but it’s a somewhat manipulative statement from Keir as it doesn’t rule he won’t give an interview to The Scum if elected Labour leader.

Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy has now joined Keir Starmer on the final leadership ballot after getting the endorsements of both the GMB & NUM unions & the more I hear from Lisa Nandy the more I like Lisa Nandy. Some on the Labour left were putting it about she was a ‘Red Tory’, but from what I’ve been hearing from her I’d say that assessment is bollocks. At the Liverpool hustings she said there had been a schism between how people in London & people up north interpreted Labour’s proposed Green New Deal which was part of Labour failing to properly communicate stuff to the electorate during the GE2019 campaign, the fact Lisa Nandy is able to detect that being an issue tells me she not only has a good deal of insight but has a good deal of insight from having listened to people. The other thing which has also impressed me about Lisa Nandy in past week is she’s handled herself well when under fire in interviews with both Andrew Neil & Piers Morgan. Lisa Nandy appears to be a candidate who has both a personality & can deliver the goods on policy when up against it, if I hadn’t already publicly endorsed Rebecca Long-Bailey, I’d have endorsed Lisa Nandy.

Rebecca Long-Bailey

Rebecca Long-Bailey seems to fast becoming the forgotten candidate in this Labour leadership contest, okay there was that story circulating the other day about her personal views on abortion, yeah maybe she does have moral objections to abortion but she’s not proposing to make abortions illegal so where’s the fucking problem? Jimmy Carter was personally opposed to abortion but as both governor of Georgia & US president supported a woman’s right to choose, it pretty much sounds like possibly being the same deal in regard to Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated US presidents as far as I’m concerned & as far as I’m concerned Rebecca Long-Bailey could be a great Labour leader & a great Prime Minister, she’s confident & competent & she’s saying all the right things, but where is the zing & kapow in her leadership election campaign. It’s not as if I’m expecting belly dancers & a laser light show at her rallies, but it really feels as if her campaign hasn’t got going even if she has the support of Labour activist group Momentum who were so instrumental in getting Jeremy Corbyn elected Labour leader. I know that I’m viewing a great deal of this Labour leadership contest through the prism of the mainstream news media who are decidedly biased against Rebecca Long-Bailey, but the mainstream news media were biased against Jeremy Corbyn during the 2015 Labour leadership contest yet did pick up the huge wave of support for him. Momentum really need to drum up some momentum behind Rebecca Long-Bailey because as it currently stands she hasn’t as yet gotten any endorsement from any trade union affiliates & has around the same number of nominations from Labour Constituency Parties as Emily Thornberry, could it be Rebecca Long-Bailey the official candidate of the left might not make it onto the final ballot in the Labour leadership election?

Jess Phillips Might Be Pulling Out Of The Labour Leadership Election But Whatever I Owe Her An Unreserved Apology

There’s currently a great deal of speculation that Jess Phillips is about to withdraw from the 2020 Labour leadership election as word out of her campaign is she’ll be releasing a statement later on today concerning the future of her bid to be elected Labour leader after having failed to attend a leadership hustings organised by the GMB union.

It’s not exactly any great surprise if Phillips pulls out of the Labour leadership contest, the majority of political pundits thought it would be over for Jess Phillips come the second of nominations & well she’s secured no trade union or affiliate endorsements & highly unlikely to secure the requisite amount of endorsements from Constituent Labour Parties due to her continuous gobshiteness over the past few years directed at Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour leadership, oh & then was her woeful performance this past weekend at the Labour leadership election hustings in Liverpool where the response was generally yeah she’s a bit of gobshite & somewhat out of her depth.

Jess Phillips might have very well have officially withdrawn from the current Labour leadership election by the time I post this article, but I still owe her an unreserved apology not for calling her a Brummie gobshite but having accused her for being TERF. A Bonafide TERF Has Entered The Labour Leadership Election… is the most read article on this blog so far this year by some margin & it’s the article in which I accused Jess Phillips of being a TERF (hence the title) based on the knowledge I had had at that time of what Jess Phillips had previously said concerning TERFs versus trans people, however since I wrote that article Jess Phillips has gone on the record categorically stating trans women are women & she didn’t just say this in response to a question being asked by any trans activist or LGBTQ journalist but when participating in a Q&A on Mumsnet which as any trans woman will tell you is a central online nexus for TERFs to propagate transphobic hate (they even have a thread dedicated to hating yours truly). The fact Jess Phillips took on the hub for militant TERF bigots in sticking up for trans women means I got it badly wrong in accusing Jess of being TERF & owe her an unreserved apology for having done so because I’m never too big to admit publicly that I sometimes get shit wrong, I did think about pulling the article in which I accused Jess inaccurately of being a TERF bigot there is however other stuff contained in that particular article I do believe to be accurate & worthwhile, so what I will do is insert an author’s note at the top of that article directing people to this article rectifying my shameful inaccuracy because I’m not fucking Alex Jones, I’m not a purveyor of fake news!

There have been a couple of leftwing activists who’ve been somewhat cynical in expressing suspicions in response to Jess Phillips going on the record in support of trans people & accusing her of being a political weathervane, no I don’t believe Jess stuck her finger out the window to see which way the wind was blowing on the issue of trans right because right now the political winds are blowing against trans people gaining greater social-justice, she said the right thing in support of trans rights whilst knowing she was addressing the most militant of militant transphobic bigots who’d otherwise have signed up to be Labour supporters so they could have voted for her in the Labour leadership election.

There is definitely a great deal of hostility towards Jess Phillips amongst the left of the Labour Party much of which I can understand but I’ve started to ask myself if we have gotten Jess Phillips all wrong?

The Board Of Deputies & The Labour Leadership Election

Comedian & Actor Sacha Baron Cohen recently gave a speech at an Anti-Defamation League event in which he accused social-media firms such as Facebook & YouTube & Twitter of helping to amplify antisemitic hate, I happen to agree with every point made by Sacha Baron Cohen in the speech he gave at the Anti-Defamation League’s recent Never Is Now Summit, as this Jew has certainly witnessed for themselves a deluge of antisemitic hate via social-media & this includes having frequently seen antisemitic posts on Facebook groups orientated towards supporting Labour & Jeremy Corbyn.

I’ve always argued that those posting antisemitic shite on Facebook groups in support of Labour & Jeremy Corbyn might not necessarily be paid up members of the Labour Party & might in fact be trolls wanting to do damage to the Labour Party, of course the argument then follows about it being the responsibility of the admin of those groups supposedly set up in support of the Labour Party & Jeremy Corbyn to delete posts which are antisemitic & to ban whoever is posting antisemitic shite from those groups, but again nobody can be certain if those groups created on Facebook genuinely have the intent in being supportive of Labour & Jeremy Corbyn, one presumes the genuine intention of those groups being created is to support Labour & Jeremy Corbyn is to give support to Jeremy Corbyn & Labour, but the internet affords bigots & trolls a great deal of anonymity & there are many nefarious people in this world who have nefarious agendas & come up with ever inventive ways to push those nefarious agendas.

I’m not getting all Moulder & Scully or all Alex Jones, I’m not suggesting that Mossad are running some clandestine troll farm south of Jerusalem with the specific mission to smear the fuck out of Jeremy Corbyn & Labour as antisemitic on Twitter or Facebook, what I’m saying is never take anything at face value. It’s more then likely that those groups created on Facebook in support of Labour & Jeremy Corbyn probably were created with the genuine intention to support Labour & Jeremy Corbyn & the vast majority of Facebook users posting on those groups are either Labour Party members or at the very least are supporters of the Labour Party, which means the general response being posted on various Facebook groups about all the candidates who are contesting the current Labour leadership election to take over from Jeremy Corbyn signing up to the 10 pledges put forward by the British Board of Deputies to stamp out antisemitism within the party has made for some uncomfortable reading even for this Jew who has their own serious contentions with some of what the British Board of Deputies are asking of Labour.

Overall I don’t think what the British Board of Deputies are asking Labour to implement is too much of the party as a means of restoring confidence amongst Jewish people that Labour is tackling antisemitism within the party, because though I’ve fiercely defended Jeremy Corbyn against accusations that he himself is antisemitic I’ve never denied there isn’t an issue with antisemitism within the Labour Party & I’ll admit so far the Labour leadership hasn’t done nearly enough to tackle the issue of antisemitism within the party. But I do have some serious contentions in regards to #6 & number #8 on the list of pledges the British Board of Deputies has asked the Labour Party to sign up to as means of proving its serious about stamping out antisemitism.

Pledge #8 To engage with the Jewish community via its main representative groups & not through fringe organisations

For those who might not know there are currently two groups representing Jewish opinion within Labour, the Jewish Labour Movement which is pro Zionist which has links to the current Israeli government & Jewish Voice For Labour which is anti Zionist & opposes the current Israeli government, the Jewish Labour Movement have opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party by going as far as to publicly refusing to campaign for Labour during the 2019 General Election whereas Jewish Voice For Labour are a breakaway group from the Jewish Labour Movement of those Jews who do support Jeremy Corbyn. It’s obvious to me when Board of Deputies state that Labour must engage with the Jewish community via its main representative groups & not through fringe organisations this is aimed at the likes of Jewish Voice For Labour, err who the fuck are the British Board of Deputies to say which Jewish group is fringe or mainstream, which Jewish opinion is legitimate & which Jewish opinion is illegitimate, there’s no one homogenised opinion amongst us Jews we are an argumentative bunch who’ve been arguing & arguing amongst ourselves for millennia & in my opinion that’s no bad thing.

Pledge #6 full adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism with all its examples & clauses and without any caveats

The definition of antisemitism should simply be hatred of Jews for being Jews, so accusing the Israeli government of being murdering scumbags isn’t antisemitic but accusing the Jewish people collectively of being murdering scumbags is most certainly antisemitic. The serious contention I personally have with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of Antisemitism is that in around about way it’s classing criticism of the state of Israel to be antisemitic which indeed it is as Israel is the Jewish state but most people use government & state as interchangeable terms to mean the same thing as not everybody is a political scientist or a smartarse like myself who understands the differences in the legal definitions between state & government, so somebody could be criticising the state of Israel when they mean the Israeli government & be unfairly condemned as being antisemitic no matter how legitimate their criticism might have been. There is a fear with the adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism smacks of wanting to circumvent or curtail any criticism of controversial policies being enacted by the current Israeli government in particular the orchestration of an Apartheid system victimising the Palestinian people, we must by all necessary means protect the fundamental democratic right of all peoples to challenge those who govern over us because if we lose that right then we well on truly on the slippery slope towards fascism.

The general consensus of disquiet amongst Labour activists in response to all candidates contesting the current Labour leadership election signing up to the British Board of Deputies 10 pledges to stamp out antisemitism within Labour has been “they’ve all sold out to Zionism”. There have been accusations in the past that the British Board of Deputies was too pro-Israeli & to which my response is yes & so what, okay if the British Board of Deputies are being overtly supportive of the Israeli government & that government instituting overtly racist policies then that’s something I’d be extremely critical of them doing, but one can have love for a country but at the same time not necessarily have love for the government of that country. I’ve never had any issue with the legitimacy of the state of Israel, my issue has always been purely about the racist policies towards the Palestinian people being pursued by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud government, but from what I’ve recently seen being posted by a myriad of Labour activists & leftwing activist has made me begin to wonder if those critics who say antisemitism is rife within the party aren’t right an example being substituting the word Jew with the word Zionist & disputing the legitimacy of the right of the Israeli state to exist.

When I talk of being anti Zionist I’m talking about contemporary Zionism, Benjamin Netanyahu’s brand of Zionism which is decidedly fascistic in nature, rampant nationalism, obsession with national security, supremacy of the military, distain for human rights, scapegoating ethnic minorities for the problems of the nation state, religion & government intertwined, etc. I’m not opposed to the original intention of Zionism (in fact I’m very much such supportive of it) which was for there to be a Jewish homeland & the Holocaust precipitating the need for the establishment of the state of Israel, but I’m well aware there are Labour & leftwing activists who indeed dispute the legitimacy of the state of Israel & thinking if anybody who makes the most moderate of defences of the legitimacy of the state of Israel to exist has their tongue well & truly shoved up the arse of Benjamin Netanyahu.

I know full well there are Labour & leftwing activists who have labelled the British Board of Deputies as ‘Zionist’ not because that organisation is pro-Israeli but merely because it’s a Jewish organisation, I think whoever is eventually elected Labour leader in early April has an uphill struggle in combatting antisemitism within the party. Considering all that’s happened over the past few years, it was inevitable those candidates contesting the Labour leadership election were going sign up to the Board of Deputies 10 pledges without question & I think whoever does replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader might very be making a Kinnock like speech to conference in regards to antisemites within the party, yes you remember that speech, it’s the one speech everybody remembers Kinnock making as Labour leader, the speech about Militant tendency at the ’85 Labour Party annual conference. Whoever takes over from Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader needs far more forceful then he has been in stamping out antisemitism within the party, because unless they’re seen to be doing so then Labour will not return to government.

…And Now We Proceed To The Second Round Of the 2020 Labour Leadership Election Will We See Some Skin On The Bone

And now we proceed to the second round of nominating candidates in the 2020 Labour leadership election with Clive Lewis having withdrawn his candidacy an hour before the deadline in the first round of nominating leadership candidates expired & Emily Thornberry having managed to secure enough nominations amongst her colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party for her to continue with her campaign to be leader.

Just because Keir Starmer secured over double the number of nominations from Labour MPs then his nearest Labour leadership rival Rebecca Long-Bailey, don’t be fooled to think he’s odds on to be announced as Labour leader come April 4th, both in 2010 & 2015 Labour leadership contests the candidate with the largest number of nominations from Labour MPs didn’t eventually get elected as party leader, in fact in 2015 Jeremy Corbyn with barely minutes to spare managed to secure just enough nominations from Labour MPs, but it was in the second round of nominations from Constituency Labour Parties & affiliated trade unions & socialist societies where Jeremy absolutely trounced the other leadership candidates. Yes Keir Starmer has already secured the endorsement of UNISON, but you’d think that the other big union UNITE (which happens to be the union that has me as a paid up member) would be throwing its weight behind Rebecca Long-Baily considering she’s seen as the continuity Corbynism candidate & considering the support Corbyn has had from UNITE’s General Secretary Len McCluskey as well as the average rhetoric of McCluskey’s speeches, but there’s a rumour circulating that McCluskey might have UNITE back Lisa Nandy, now I don’t know if this isn’t just a rumour being put about by the mainstream news media as a means of shit stirring but if it were true I do think it would be bad (then some) for Rebecca Long-Baily’s leadership bid.

Whilst rumours circulate about whether Len McCluskey might have UNITE endorse Lisa Nandy rather then Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy herself has made a speech which has caught some media attention because in that speech she said “If we do not change course we will die & we will deserve to”, yeah okay but what the fuck does that really mean?!?! We all fucking know Labour has to change direction, but we need some fucking details from each candidate as to what direction they think Labour needs to take to be relevant & get back into government, we need skin on the bone not vague broad strokes. Keir Starmer has said he wants Labour to be as radical in opposing austerity as it has been with Jeremy Corbyn as leader though I kind of think there was some playing to the gallery in the speech he gave in which he said this & from the response of Labour members I’ve seen they’ve seriously not bought into believing what Starmer has said, Jess Phillips has said something about free universal childcare & possibly supporting a Green New Deal, but its generally the same gobshiteness with Jess Phillips as ever, yack, yack, yack, yack, bullshit yack. It’s because Jess Phillips has been all yack, yack, yack, be bitchy about Jeremy Corbyn to get attention, yack, which is why I think she’ll get zero endorsements from any trade unions & I’d be very surprised if she’ll get the required 5% of CLPs endorsing her to get onto the final ballot.

Emily Thornberry now seems to be plagiarising Jess Phillips’s ‘rubbish Corbyn & Corbynism’ act which is why I don’t think she’ll get fuck all endorsements in the second round of nominations, because though there might be a great deal of hostility in the country towards Jeremy Corbyn there’s still an awful lot of love for Jez within the party, but at least from what I know Thornberry unlike Jess Phillips isn’t trying to sign up her mates to sway the outcome of this leadership election. Remember back in 2015 the Blairite right of the party were having screaming abdabs about people signing up in their droves to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, remember how there was a Panorama documentary about it all being nefarious etc, yeah well Jess Phillips is now doing no different in trying to get people to sign up as Labour members or supporters so they can vote for her, now there’s nothing against the party rules in her doing so but this is gross fucking hypocrisy because as her support is coming from the Blairite right of the party who objected 5 years ago to us Corbynistas having done so, despite the fact it was Blairite right who brought in the rules on membership & voting in party elections.

It’s Almost Time Up For The Nomination Of Candidates in the 2020 Labour Leadership Election & Will Clive Lewis Make It Through To Keep Rebecca Long-Bailey True

Time is nearly up for the nomination of candidates in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election, those who have announced their candidacy have until 230pm tomorrow January 13th to get the requisite number of 22 MPs to nominate them (10% of the Parliamentary Labour Party) to then move onto the second round of nominations from Constituency Labour Parties & affiliates. As I predicted in a previous article I wrote about this Labour Party leadership election, both Clive Lewis & Emily Thornberry currently look as if they’re going to possibly come up short with the requisite number of nominations amongst the Parliamentary Labour Party, Thornberry currently has the backing of 10 MPs & Lewis the backing of only 4, I think it would particularly sad for the lefty left of Labour if Lewis isn’t able to continue contesting the Labour Party leadership election as over the past week in various media appearances he’s proven himself to have the x as in x-factor with being combatively articulate to be leader me thinks, however remember back in 2015 Jeremy Corbyn only just got over the line with the required number of nominations in that Labour leadership election & did so with minutes to spare before the nomination of candidates officially closed, so who knows what will happen tomorrow.

Ever since Emily Thornberry announced her candidacy to stand in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election, she’s just seemed to use it as an opportunity to bash & rubbish Jeremy Corbyn for everything he’s done, yeah well Jess Phillips has kind of beaten Emily to the punch on that one as she’s been continuously bashing & kicking Corbyn ever since she was elected to parliament in 2015. I’ve heard some political pundits speculate though Jess might’ve gotten the required number of nominations from parliamentary colleagues to move onto the second round of the Labour Party leadership election her leadership bid is already over as in various mainstream news media interviews she’s shown she’s all bluster not at all construction, yeah Jess is something of a gobshite that’s for damn sure but she’s kind of painting herself as something of an outsider to the rest of the candidates & remember Jeremy Corbyn did likewise in 2015, however I’ll be interested to see if she can gain the required 5% of Constituency Labour Parties (33 CLPs) to nominate her in the second round to get her name on the final leadership ballot put forward to the entire Labour membership considering all the shite she has said about Jeremy Corbyn over the past few years.

I certainly don’t want Jess Philips’s name to be on final leadership ballot even if Jess potentially being elected Labour leader would fuck Carl from Swindon (aka creepy rapey tweet man) off no end, Jess Phillips is a transphobic bigot & I’m a trans woman so definitely not in best interests if she ever comes close to being Labour leader & neither is it in best interests of Labour to also have any candidate proposing Labour becomes the ‘rejoin the EU’ party as that would definitely be committing electoral fucking suicide. Lisa Nandy might smack of being something of a red Tory & I worry just as much if she became Labour leader how much that might affect Labour’s social policy becoming a great deal more conservative, however at least she’s one Labour leadership candidate who’s a MP for a constituency in Northern England & grasps why Labour’s approach on Brexit was disastrous, unfortunately the architect of Labour’s nonsensical bullshit of a policy on Brexit presented to the electorate at GE2019 has nearly treble the nominations from MPs which Nandy or any other Labour leadership candidate has received.

Clive Lewis, Lisa Nandy, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer, Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, the current Labour leadership candidates

I really hope at the leadership hustings there’ll be over the next couple of months that a Labour Party member gets to challenge Keir Starmer from the floor about having pushed the Labour leadership into supporting a second referendum which fucked things up for Labour in its traditional heartlands or that Keir Starmer has hired Blairite Matt Pound to help run his leadership campaign somebody who has been the head of the Corbynsceptic group Labour First who’ve done nothing other then undermine the Labour leadership over the past few years. More of importance there are still questions surrounding actions Starmer took in defending various police shootings during his tenure as the head of the Crown Prosecution Service, but I doubt anything that pertinent will be permitted to be asked of Starmer during any Labour Party leadership election hustings.

One reason I kind of want Clive Lewis to remain contesting the 2020 Labour Party leadership election is to keep Rebecca Long-Bailey to the lefty left, but one has to ask again where the heck is Rebecca Long-Bailey because despite Unite & Momentum putting their weight behind her being the candidate of the lefty left, the continuity Corbynism candidate, her media profile has so far been negligible in regards to the Labour leadership election, I mean from what I’ve seen she doesn’t even have a campaign website unlike all the other candidates including those who won’t be getting through tomorrow’s first round of nominations, for fucks sake it feels as if her leadership hasn’t even gotten off the staring blocks & its all very worrying & foreboding for any of us redder then red socialists. I didn’t expect Rebecca Long-Bailey’s Labour leadership campaign to catch fire in the same way as there was with Corbynmania during the 2015 Labour leadership election, but it does need some kind of spark because right now there feels to be no razzle-dazzle to her leadership bid what-so-ever to help activists fired up in getting behind Rebecca & carry her onwards to the Labour leadership throne, somebody in her campaign team really ought to be seeing to igniting that spark & do so pronto.

Rebecca Long-Bailey Joins The Labour Leadership Race & Jess Phillips Wants Labour To Become The Rejoin EU Party & Why Is Nobody Holding Keir Starmer To Account For Labour’s GE2019 Defeat

Since the last time I wrote about the Labour leadership election, Rebecca Long-Bailey has finally announced her candidacy, Jess Phillips has been waffling on about turning Labour into the ‘rejoin the EU party’ & still nobody is holding Keir Starmer to account for Labour’s GE2019 defeat.

Rebecca Long-Bailey with Jeremy Corbyn

If Rebecca Long-Bailey gets the requisite nominations from Labour MPs to stand in the leadership election (& I can’t imagine why she wouldn’t) then she gets my endorsement & vote. I know I had written last week that I hadn’t made up which candidate I was going to endorse, but as if there was truly any doubt I wasn’t eventually going to endorse Rebecca Long-Bailey, because yeah I’m really going to endorse Keir the posh bloke from London who’s a millionaire, oh & sure it’s really going to be in my best interests as a trans woman to endorse Jess the Brommie gobshite who has a record of supporting transphobia or Clive who’s politics might be lefty left & might be a jolly lovely nice guy but nice guys don’t necessarily make great party leaders, of course it was always going to be Rebecca Long-Bailey who I was going to endorse being she’s the continuity Corbynism candidate & there’s plenty to the Corbynism brand of socialism which has mass appeal it’s just that Labour needs somebody to present it who doesn’t have the baggage of past associations which plagued Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party.

Jess Phillips on the BBC Andrew Marr Show

Obviously some disagree with keeping the party to the left with the Corbynism brand of socialism & are urging whoever is elected Labour leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn to move the party to the ‘centre ground of politics’ as if anybody truly knows what that frigging means these days, well for my part I strongly suggest Labour don’t do what Jess Phillips seems to have suggested when appearing on this past weekend’s edition of the BBC Andrew Marr Show by becoming the ‘rejoin the EU party’, because offering a second EU referendum & thus becoming tagged as ‘a remain party’ during GE2019 campaign really worked out well for Labour didn’t it NOT! Let the Liberal Democrats be the ‘the rejoin the EU party’ & as a consequence electorally flounder, time for Labour to realise we lost the argument on Brexit & move the fuck on!

Sure there’s plenty of tweets of mine which you’ll find advocating for a second referendum, in fact I appeared on BBC News at an anti-Brexit demo saying as much, but in hindsight I realise it was a mistake (then some) to have talked myself into having supported a second EU referendum, I should have kept to the position of respecting the Brexit outcome of 2016’s EU referendum & Jeremy Corbyn as well as the entire Labour leadership should have done the same, yes I might make fun of gammon being all Smeagol like in wanting their Brexit precious Brexit but that’s why in places such as Darlington & Workington people voted Tory at last year’s General Election to get Brexit done & unless Labour learn to respect people up north want Brexit they’re never going reconnect with what have traditionally been the Labour heartlands.

Keir Starmer

Though it’s ultimately Jeremy Corbyn who should be held responsible for having adopted Labour’s nonsensical policy on Brexit which was the nonsensical bullshit that if Labour had been elected to government they’d have renegotiated a Brexit Deal with the EU but then would have advised people to vote against it in a referendum, it was Keir Starmer who was as shadow Brexit Secretary as well as an out & out Blairite who was the architect of this nonsensical bullshit. Originally both Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell had said they respected the Brexit outcome of 2016’s EU referendum this was however then reversed this when the Blairite contingent led by the likes of Keir Starmer whipped up dissent amongst the membership & urged Labour to come forthrightly out in support for a second referendum & kind of got their way on that one but look at the electoral disaster which it’s caused Labour.

During the leadership hustings I hope somebody will hold Starmer to account for having supported a second referendum which was a slap in the face of democracy & as a consequence millions of voters punished Labour for.

A Bonafide TERF Has Entered The Labour Leadership Election But Where Is Rebecca Long-Bailey?

Author’s note: Since I wrote this article it’s transpired I was inaccurate in accusing Jess Philips of being a TERF please read this follow up article

Honor Cohen is former Co-Chair of LGBT Labour & like myself she’s both LGBTQ & Jewish, but unlike myself she’s one of those Blairite Jews who’s spent the past 5yrs bitching about Jeremy Corbyn being an antisemitic bigot despite Jeremy Corbyn having never endorsed any antisemitic group advocating hatred of Jews for being Jews, yet she’s now supporting Jess Phillips to takeover from Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader despite it being pointed by the likes of me that Jess has been endorsing WPUK a transphobic hate group encouraging hatred of trans women for simply being trans women. Honor Cohen & her Blairite chums refuse to acknowledge WPUK are a transphobic hate group who seek to eradicate all trans people from the surface of the earth, in fact they thought WPUK had legitimate arguments & grievances concerning trans women, rrrright so by that same logic would it then be legitimate for antisemitic bigots to want to debate whether Hitler had a point about hating & wanting to kill us Jews, oh weird ain’t it how people can have a blind spot when the shoe is on the other foot, actually what Honor & her Blairite chums prove is they don’t give a shit about intolerance, bigotry & intolerance when its all about them winning that’s at stake.

So indeed Jess Phillips has now officially entered the Labour leadership race & so has Lisa Nandy & Keir Starmer, joining Clive Lewis & Emily Thornberry who declared their candidacies to stand for Labour leader prior to the new year. It appears Jess Phillips for once wasn’t just being a fucking publicity whore in yanking everybody’s chain to grab headlines but not actually following through with the shit she has said, which has been far too often a tactic Jess has pulled, now hopefully we’ll get to see her given far more scrutiny & put far more on the spot, I’ve already seen a Channel 4 News interview where she was asked about the shit she said about knifing Jeremy Corbyn (a very poor choice of words considering the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox), maybe in the leadership hustings somebody will ask Jess about the £20k she’s received from the Murdoch’s media empire of evilness, hey maybe Jess will get endorsed & funding from JK Rowling considering they’re both TERFs.

Considering Jess has been in the pay of the Murdoch’s empire of evilness & that Blairite scum seem to be flocking to support her, maybe she’s far more the establishment’s choice for Labour leader over Keir Starmer, despite Keir having a shit ton to him proving he’s an out & out Blairite. But I have a question now there appears to be a rush of Labour MPs entering the Labour leadership contest & that’s where the fuck is Rebecca Long-Bailey?

Ian Lavery & Rebecca Long-Bailey

Rumour is Ian Lavery & Rebecca Long-Bailey are squabbling which of them should be the candidate of the left as Jeremy Corbyn was back in 2015. Oh you can’t fucking be serious with Ian Lavery, fuck me if he ever became Labour leader then the party might as well kiss its very exitance goodbye, he doesn’t have the revolutionary zeal appeal which Jeremy Corbyn had rather he comes over as some bloody-minded stuck in the mud out of his time northern bloke who’d be far happier if he was time warped back to the fucking 1950s.

Will the left get behind Rebecca Long-Bailey already because she is seriously the only one who appears interested in being Labour leader who could return the party to government & ensure Labour doesn’t suffer yet another lost decade. I really don’t fancy Labour resorting to be all soulless & hollow mounting to being Tory light, well that’s what will happen if Blairites retake control of the party & its obvious they’re already pulling out the stops to do so.

Keir Starmer Suspiciously Takes An Early Leader in the Labour Leadership Election & The Mainstream News Media Have Begun Smearing Rebecca Long-Bailey, Oh & When Will Jess Phillips Either Piss Or Get Off The Potty

Keir Starmer appears to have taken an early lead over Rebecca Long-Bailey in the Labour leadership election if a YouGov poll published yesterday in the mainstream news media is to be believed, yeah if you actually believe a poll conducted by a market research company which was co-founded by Nadhim Zahawi who’s now a Tory MP & a member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet which was published in the mainstream news media who since the moment Labour lost the GE2019 have been touting Starmer as the favourite to take over from Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. I find the YouGov poll suggesting Starmer to be the frontrunner in the Labour leadership election somewhat fishy (then some!), supposedly a 1,000 Labour members were surveyed by YouGov yeah likely a 1,000 Labour members who’ve affiliations with Progress & Open Labour or some other Blairite groupings within Labour who have spent the best part of the last 5yrs undermining the Labour leadership. Yes Starmer has said he wants to build upon the socialist platform put forward by Jeremy Corbyn (continuity Corbynism) & has been making speeches about how Labour were right to have taken a radical approach to tackling austerity, but he’s merely attempting to play to the gallery, attempting to fool a Labour Party membership which is generally now on the left of the left when we all know he’s an out & out Blairite.

Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer hasn’t as yet officially announced his candidacy to stand in the Labour leadership election & nor has Rebecca Long-Bailey who’s the favoured continuity Corbynism candidate, but despite Rebecca Long-Bailey not having officially entered the Labour leadership election this hasn’t stopped the mainstream news media from launching a smear campaign against her because she is the continuity Corbynism candidate. Apparently the guy Rebecca Long-Bailey has enlisted to coordinate her campaign to be elected as Labour leader is a self-proclaimed Stalinist & Rebecca has said she would want to rule Labour with an Iron Fist, well at least we now know what Rebecca’s walk on music will be if she is elected Labour leader cue Lemmy & the boys.

Rebecca Long-Bailey

So far Emily Thornberry & Clive Lewis are the only two Labour MPs who’ve actually officially announced the their candidacy to stand in the Labour leadership election, Emily Thornberry has a history of making gaffes & well after all that’s happened over the past 5 years I just think I’m sure Emily has a good heart etc but no her being Labour leader, Clive Lewis seems to be a genuinely nice guy who’s on the left of the party but I don’t necessarily think nice guys always make great leaders.

Clive Lewis & Emily Thornberry

I did hear a Labour backbench MP say yesterday that no member of Corbyn’s frontbench team should be standing in the Labour leadership election as the entire shadow cabinet are collectively guilty for one of Labour’s worse ever General Election defeat which GE2019 definitely was, but if this is any kind of endorsement between the lines of Jess Phillips then please fuck off. Jess Phillips is another Labour MP who its rumoured to be thinking of entering the Labour leadership contest, sure she’s been dropping hints she might but this is what Jess archetypically does, she’s a publicity whore who yanks people’s chains to grab headlines but never follows through. All solidarity with Jess when it comes to all the shit she was subjected to by Carl from Swindon, aka Carl Benjamin, aka weirdo rapey tweet man, no female MP in fact no woman should ever be subjected to the rapey bullshit that fat slobby fuck subjected Jess Phillips to & why the fuck isn’t he in prison for it I don’t know, but my problem with Jess Phillips isn’t just she’s a self-serving attention seeking publicity whore, it’s also that she has endorsed WPUK a known transphobic hate group, yeah Jess is a TERF.

Jess Phillips

As yet I’m not sure as who I’ll back to be Labour leader, I had wanted Angela Rayner to stand to be the next Labour leader but it appears she’s made a pact with Rebecca Long-Bailey & will now only be standing for Deputy Labour leader the position Tom Watson vacated to take up a career as a gym instructor. One thing I’m clear about already clear in my mind about in regards to the Labour leadership election is that if Jess Philips does enter the contest & has any sniff of being elected leader or as consequence of a good showing in the leadership contest is rewarded with a position in the shadow cabinet, I will withdraw my support for Labour considering Philips is a TERF & for fucks sake there should not be any countenance of transphobia within Labour a party which purports to be the party of equality & social justice.

#OhJeremyCorbyn

I saw earlier today #OhJeremyCorbyn was trending on Twitter, I think this might have been in reaction to the chant of ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ having been distinctly audible amongst the crowds watching the 2020 New Year fireworks display in London last night, bit fucking late isn’t it to be chanting ‘oh Jeremy Corbyn’, people had an opportunity to radically change this country by electing Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister but turned their nose up at seizing that opportunity, hmm wonder if some people might now be suffering from a severe case of buyer’s remorse from having voted Tory.

Over the past week we’ve witnessed two antisemitic attacks, a knife attack in New York where at least 5 people attending Hanukkah celebrations at those of a rabbi were stabbed & in London where Jewish businesses as well as synagogue were targeted with antisemitic graffiti, despite this obviously being a consequence of the rise of far-right hate particularly going by some the antisemitic shite the suspect in New York knife attack is supposedly meant have blurted on social media & elsewhere, I’m still surprised the likes of Rachel Riley & the Israel Advocacy Movement & other Zionist trolls haven’t tried to blame Jeremy Corbyn for this, fuck it why not blame Jeremy Corbyn for the antisemitic attacks in London & New York as they’ve helped to smear Jeremy with everything else over the past few years which has had a hint of being motivated by antisemitism, oh no need for them to do so as the election is over & Jeremy lost.

The government’s ‘antisemitism czar’ John Mann has announced he’s going to launch some kind of hate probe into The Canary & other ‘far-left’ websites, rrrright you mean websites which campaign against racism including the racist policies of the Israeli government against the Palestinian people, hey John if you want probe anybody about antisemitism why aren’t you probing Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson our current Prime Minister who has a history of spouting antisemitic garbage. I think Boris bollocking on about Jews controlling the banks & the media & fiddling elections is more then a tad antisemitic, this is the kind of antisemitic conspiracy theory bullshit ripped straight from the pages of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an infamous antisemitic diatribe written 120 odd years which I know John Mann like myself is familiar with particularly as it notoriously inspired the likes of Hitler.

I’m surprised Zionists haven’t tried to twist it that it’s in fact Jeremy Corbyn not Adolf Hitler who’s to blame for the Holocaust, hey why the fuck not as Zionist trolls have been trying to distort & twist everything Jeremy Corbyn has said & done to make out he’s an uber antisemitic bigot when he’s nothing of the sort, so yeah why not attempt to rewrite history & associate him with every egregious crime committed against us Jews.

Oh you think I’m being ridiculous & offensive, I’ll tell you what I think is fucking offensive it’s having a honourable & decent man continuously smeared as an antisemite by the mainstream news media & Zionist trolls when he has spent a lifetime campaigning against racism & hate, what I find fucking offensive is Jeremy Corbyn & Labour weren’t elected to government largely due to that smear campaign & now a hard-right Tory government having been elected means tens of thousands more disabled people will now be murdered possibly including myself so fuck you! Of course Jews being stabbed is unacceptable, of course Jewish businesses & synagogues being attacked is unacceptable, because any kind violence & vandalism which is motivated by racism is fucking unacceptable & the authorities should come down on the culprits like a shit ton of bricks, but smearing a decent & honourable man who could have saved thousands of lives is also fucking unacceptable!

Is ‘The War On Christmas’ Only A Thing When There’s A Labour Government

I’ve noticed over the past month that my local town centre hasn’t seemed nearly as Christmassy with decorations etc as it did 15 or 20 years ago, which has me wondering if the supposed ‘war on Christmas’ is only a thing which the likes of the Daily Mail & far-right trolls rant about when there’s a liberally minded Labour government & not when there’s a hard-right Tory government? Labour were in government 15 or so years ago & my town centre along with no doubt many town centres were far more festively decorative then they have been over the past couple of years, I remember back then the local shopping mall would be decked out in holly & tinsel & fairy lights & whatever other Christmassy decorations come the day after Halloween, yet the Daily Mail & other Tory entities would endlessly bitch about there being a supposed ‘war on Christmas’ something of which I’ve not heard nearly as much about in recent years when the Tories have been in government.

There have been complaints about the Christmas tree in the centre of Trafalgar Square looking a bit ‘sparse’ & ‘anaemic’ regards its foliage, including from the vilest of vile hatemongering gobshite trolls Katie Hopkins who used ‘Britain’s most famous Christmas tree’ not looking the healthiest of Christmas trees which the Norwegians have sent us, to have an Islamophobic swipe at London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Of course Katie Hopkins will have you believe the reason why local councils haven’t gone as full hog as maybe they use to in regards to Christmassy decorations in towns centres & whatever else is because of the ‘Islamification’ of Britain, when in fact the real reason is due to Tory austerity meaning local councils being short of funds etc.

I bet in response to me writing all this I’ll have some gammon who thinks they’re a smartarse asking why the fuck should I care about Christmas decorations because aren’t I supposed to be Jewish, well I guess it’s unlikely any gammon would have heard the joke about the rabbi & the Hanukkah bush. As its goes I’m not an observant Jew, in fact I’m an atheist, this always confuses the fuck out of gammon not understanding that what qualifies you as a Jew isn’t eating kosher & regularly attending your local synagogue, but simply if your mother was a Jew then you are a Jew & it just so happens my mother was Jewish. Even if I was an observant Jew what’s wrong with liking Christmas décor, anyways what religious significance is there with the contemporary Christmas the vast majority of people celebrate? Saw no mention of trees decorated with tinsel & baubles & fairy lights in any bible verse I’ve ever read nor any mention of roast turkey & plum pudding, nor any mention that it was to be traditional to veg out half comatose on the living room sofa come 4pm on Christmas Day due over consumption, yeah you really seriously going to tell me Christmas has any religious significance to gammon?!?!

Christmas obviously does have significance for practicing Christians, who some of the more devout will whinge no matter what about there being a ‘war on Christmas’ which is code for them not being able to impose how they reckon people ought to be celebrating Christmas on all others. Far-right Tommy Robinson supporting gammon & Christian fundamentalists always love to claim this country is Christian nation & this is the only time Christmas does have any religious significance for gammon as it’s a means to be bigoted fucks towards Muslims, yeah well I got news for gammon that its Paganism which is the indigenous religion of the British Isles not Christianity & in fact much of what we now associate with Christmas comes from it originally being the Pagan festival of Yule.

Though the Tory press might not bleat on as much as about there being a ‘war on Christmas’ as they once did when there was a Labour government, ironically it’s due to the economic policies of the current Tory government which is preventing many people from enjoying Christmas in the manner they’d want to, it’s the Tories who are preventing people from getting a great deal enjoyment from Christmas, it’s in fact the Tories who are the enemy of Christmas not Labour.