Michael seems like a nice guy and I have no doubt that he is a true progressive. The issue is Corbyn and Milne are not, and journalists like myself have proved this time and time again, but Momentum just keep moving the goalposts. twitter.com/PeoplesMomentu…
First all the anti-semitism stuff was a smear, now it's a problem but one that Jeremy supposedly cares about. But Jeremy is AWOL, his actions are indefensible and his supporters are struggling to patch up the mistakes he is making.
It was really telling that Channel 4 News requested someone from Labour to debate anti-semitism and the leader's office recommended a pro-Corbyn Jewish PhD student with no formal position in the Labour party. LOTO are relying on surrogates to bail them out of this.
Michael, Barnaby and co are doing work that they shouldn't have to be doing. Michael personally called for action on Willsman, there has been no action from Corbyn on Willsman, but Michael is still on the airwaves doing his bit for Jeremy. This is how the party works now.
and moving on to the video. Michael, Momentum and co, listen, I know you all care about wanting a socialist Britain. But let's be very clear, Jeremy has held meetings with war criminals & provided them with platforms. You cannot keep glossing over that and calling it progressive.
Journalists like me are not going to go away. We're not going to stop publishing truthful, accurate stories about the vile and dangerous associations that Jeremy and Seumas have made in the past. It would be a dereliction of duty to do so.
The gaslighting phase of the Corbyn project is done. These videos are made just for the choir. None of you answered questions about Seumas and Putin, or Corbyn and Press TV, or Corbyn and the pro-Assad nun. You just said these were all smears or taken out of context and moved on.
We are just repeating the same old cycles and nothing is changing. But this is on the surrogates now too. LOTO is humiliating you all on a daily basis & is relying on you to provide them with an acceptable face. At this point you are actively enabling the problem, not solving it.
Reminder: Owen Jones pulled out of an STWC event, organised by Jeremy Corbyn, that gave a platform to a pro-regime nun who has been accused of active complicity in the murder of journalists in Syria. theguardian.com/world/2013/dec…
Back in 2013 Owen allegedly had the principles to say platforming this fascist was a red line. In 2018 he is lobbying for the man that made the invite in the first place, and accusing those of us who still remember Jeremy's behaviour in 2013 of "smearing" him.
And I say again, these questions have never been answered by Labour surrogates. They have deflected since 2015. That's why these growing anti-semitism stories aren't new, people are just starting to find out the things that journalists were called "liars" for pointing out in 2015
I'm really glad the anti-semitism stuff is getting the attention it deserves. I'm still waiting for answers on Jeremy's association with pro-regime activists 5 years later though. I'm still waiting for answers on his chemical weapons position.
Not only were these answers not forthcoming, but Seumas and LOTO have simply dismissed our reporting as lies, safe in the knowledge that Michael, Owen and co are never going to actually hold them to account for these things. Everyone's job is just to sing for the choir now.
Remember in In The Loop when Malcolm Tucker is furiously ranting down the phone "you may have heard him say that, but he did not say that". LOTO literally did that to my article on Corbyn endorsing Russian troops in Syria. newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…
The point is the Labour leader's office has no problem lying to people about what Corbyn truly believes and LOTO relies on young activists to keep that facade up. It should be easy in this context to understand the growing animosity between journalists and pro-Corbyn columnists.
Our reporting is dismissed until it's too loud to ignore, some weasel words are made that fall well short of solving anything, then the surrogates arrive on TV to gaslight people into thinking Corbyn cares and has solved everything. And repeat ad infinitum until the next election
Back to anti-semitism, the British Jewish community has asked that Labour adopt the IHRA definition and all its examples. Corbyn has refused and ordered those examples rewritten unilaterally. This is the impasse. Corbyn is telling Jews he knows better than they do.
Having Michael and Barnaby sensitively explain that Corbyn isn't an anti-semite on TV isn't going to change anything. Calling for a tougher line & dialogue on anti-semitism while ignoring the Jewish community's single unanimous demand is an entirely insulting proposal.
And instead of adding progressive codes of conduct for how to discuss Palestine, Corbyn is instead driving Jews out of the party by trying to redefine anti-semitism. The debate is over. Corbyn has made his position very clear, he doesn't give a damn what the Jewish community says
Ultimately having this debate on television is becoming increasingly pointless. At this stage, it is time for the courts to decide whether Labour's decision to unilaterally change the IHRA examples constitutes institutional anti-semitism. There's no gaslighting that, believe me.
David Paxton's piece on Owen's constant shifting of the goalposts sums this up well. This issue has now dragged on for years, and everything everyone said at the time of each scandal is a matter of public record. Sooner or later this levee will break. thegerasites.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/tha…