Labour’s Calls to “End the Madness!”

Broke, Bright and British

On August 4, Alan Johnson spoke about how Labour Party founder Keir Hardie had forged a movement “rooted in the decency and moderation of working-class communities” (as if Corbyn was not continuing in that tradition). While accepting that “the Commons vote on the welfare bill was a mess”, he tried to suggest that, by being “disloyal to every Labour leader”, Corbyn had somehow forgotten that “loyalty and discipline” in the party had managed to create institutions like the NHS and the Open University (which left-wingers similar to Corbyn were the most vocal about creating). Subsequently, Johnson suggested implicitly (without presenting any evidence) that Corbyn had not defended Labour’s economic record in government and that he had pretended “that the fiscal deficit can be ignored” (assertions which were not true). Endorsing Yvette Cooper as the “most qualified” candidate, he then concluded his article by saying “let’s end the…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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