Socialist Worker

Showtime for Blairites

Issue No. 2493

A new kind of politics? Not everyones cup of tea

Straight talking, honest politics. Not everyone's cup of tea (Pic: The Labour Party)


Labour has a problem with bullies—but not the ones you might have heard about.

Some of the party’s young activists met in Scarborough last Saturday for a weekend of squabbling by the sea.

Accusations of bullying and intimidation were rife.

Labour’s “moderates”—anyone from the soft left to hard right—are particularly upset at being called Blairites.

Labour MPs weighed in. Jess Phillips threatened to “kick off momma style”. Wes Streeting said the conference showed “the worst, most poisonous form of student politics”.

In truth the right are outraged at any threat to their control.

Labour politicians like to show how politics should be done at their weekly meeting on Mondays.

Last month anonymous sources delighted in telling of how they shouted down shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry as she gave a presentation on opposing Trident.

This week a Labour peer turned up with a bag of popcorn to let everyone know he was enjoying the show.

“I’m literally bringing popcorn with me!” he said, just in case anyone didn’t get the joke.

Socialist Worker doesn’t believe in turning the other cheek. Any Labour MP that supports Trident and war should be challenged.

But we won’t hold our breath waiting for the findings of Labour’s investigation into its members’ behaviour in Scarborough.


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