Media Narrative Manipulation; Momentum & Corbyn “Thug Life”

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Go to any mainstream media website, open any news paper and no doubt you will find similar stories about Corbyn, he’s a friend of terrorists, a director of bullies, a mob leader that would make even Al Capone quake in his boots, he has an army of rabble doing his evil bidding up and down the country, terrorising his opponents, all in all he is a mean guy that is trying to control our politics through the use of force. This is actually the subtext that the media are trying to create, this is the narrative they are creating, and this is the reality they are trying to shape. This is all of course in an effort to discredit him, but it is very dangerous what they’re doing. It is now so obvious that the media do not report on reality, but try to shape it and create it.

Recent events really expose the dark nature of our media and how they seek to influence and shape our democracy, but it runs much deeper when they’re actually trying to shape our perceptions of the world around us. Just to highlight a few examples Malhotra having her office “broken into” in order to “intimidate her,” first and foremost if you have a key and you enter using a key it isn’t breaking in, secondly, if you’re the office manager, it’s your job to.. manage the office but finally and most importantly, it stopped being her office the moment she stepped down from her position in the shadow cabinet. But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of shaping a false reality and furthering your agenda.

When there is no actual evidence that it has anything to do with the Labour party or Corbyn, this hasn’t even stopped them. Look no further than Angela Eagle and her “constituency office window” being “bricked.” the media are leading us to believe this was done by some “Momentum thugs,” that Corbyn is bringing political violence to our streets. Yet there is no evidence what so ever that what happened had anything to do with politics, and if the Labour figures and media commentators know something, perhaps they should take it to the police. The worst thing is, it wasn’t even her office window! It was a stairwell in a shared office block! It gets even more slanderous when it was revealed she lied about closing her surgeries due to police advice, and pulling out of a press conference because of threats. But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of shaping a false reality and furthering your agenda.

They are calling on Corbyn to do more, they are all saying he isn’t doing enough (sounds familiar), but what more can he do? He has condemned it, he doesn’t conduct himself that way, he doesn’t bully, doesn’t insult, he doesn’t do personality politics. If members of the Labour party are breaking party rules, then they will be dealt with. What they’re hoping to do through this is alienate Corbyn from his support, they want him to come out against Momentum, and isolate him from his supporters in order to weaken him and bring him down. They hope that they can make him turn on his supporters, by constantly piling on the pressure, in effect what they’re doing is bullying, but what they’re doing is bullying, then victim blaming.

Alone these things could be harmless, but when taken together it is very worrying and completely destroys any notion of a free press in this country. There is no critical analysis taking place, they’re printing lies In order to discredit Corbyn supporters, they’re building up a narrative which seeks to undermine the ideas that he represents, because they cannot combat these ideas any way except on a underhanded level. This is all in an effort to essentially brainwash unengaged people that just digest the news. It is like we are living in a country where the press are operating with Goebbels handbook as a go to manual. They have even tried linking Corbyn to the killing of Jo Cox, or at least implied that it is somehow similar to the actions of his own supporters, which is completely and utterly distasteful and shameful.

There is no doubt in my mind that MPs will receive abuse, especially on the internet which is rife with trolls, but that isn’t just Corbyn rebels, that happens to all MPs. Corbyn has got death threats, he just hasn’t run to the press and tried framing it into a false moral panic. People are angry, and they are entitled to be angry at what the Labour MPs have done, they have acted in a dishonourable and underhand fashion, and ultimately put their own self interest before that of anybody else. But doesn’t it stink of hypocrisy? The fact that one of the MPs strategies for making Corbyn resign was literally bullying him into resigning? Or the fact the media have basically non stop bullied Corbyn? (LSE study revealed overwhelmingly negative stories in relation to Corbyn in the media).

Yet if there is any genuine abuse, it is getting lost behind all the fake smears, half truths and lies, and in the wake of the murder of a Labour MP by a far right extremist, surely it’s very dangerous to be doing that. This kind of narrative creation isn’t just reserved for Corbyn, but if they can successfully paint a long standing Labour MP, a pacifist, and an avowed peace and equality campaigner, as the complete opposite of all those things, then just think for a second what other narratives they are creating and what purpose it is all serving.

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Labour Civil War? This Is A War Of Ideology

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What is happening within the Labour party is much bigger than Corbyn, it’s much bigger than the Labour Party. Within Labour we are witnessing a break down of the Thatcherite consensus which has dominated the Labour party since the days of Blair and New Labour, alongside this we are witnessing a backlash against Neoliberal ideology and Thatcherism in wider society. Corbyn is the figurehead, or the representative of this change and his opponents in and outside the Labour party believe the maxim “cut the head of the snake” but the paradigm shift that is occurring cannot be stopped so easily.

When Thatcher got elected, many said she couldn’t do it, when she became PM, people didn’t believe it. Yet since then, we have seen a huge shift in the political consensus to the right, in fact the One Nation Tory ideology that Thatcher effectively destroyed became irrelevant. She managed to shift our politics so far to the right that people even buy the lie that left wing politics can never win an election (if you repeat a lie often enough…). This has been the generally accepted view since the eighties, coincidently there was a huge back lash against this shift to the right, sadly ending in the defeat for the left. The war however is far from over, and we are now witnessing a realignment, politics much like a pendulum is swinging back the way it came.

The establishment political, media and business have joined together in an evil triumvirate of ideological power to try and preserve the system that has enriched them, or as Chomsky puts to “manufacture consent”. They do not want the change that is coming, hence their alliance in shutting Corbyn down. They are going with the old narrative that left is unelectable, they are fighting back to protect neoliberal ideology. The power of Thatcherism is waning, and the confidence of the public in the establishment is breaking down. The media is losing its power to the internet, and the rising tide in anti-establishment sentiment because of the banking crisis, the expenses scandal, cash for questions, corrupt tax dodging business practices, all of these have crept up on neoliberalism, slowly but surely eroding peoples confidence in business as usual, in the generally held paradigm espoused by the establishment.

In a post Blair world the Blairites have become the dinosaurs, they have become the fossils, an insult so readily dished out at socialists and the like for just not “modernising.” In a scandal ridden world, where the new norm has become corruption, in a world after the expenses scandal, the bankers crash of 2008, and the ever widening income gap, their ideas and arguments seem alien to our generation. We are the products of the failure of neoliberal ideology, and we are open to something else, we haven’t lived in a world where socialism, or left wing politics has been in the mainstream.

It has been over thirty years since a left wing alternative was put to the electorate, in fact since the Thatcher years we have had an unbroken line of Thatcherism, Neoliberalism at the heart of our government it festering like a poison at the heart of our politics. Many people alive today myself included have never been presented with typical left wing arguments, they have become the ‘new’, they have become fresh, because neoliberal has become stale, and we have not been offered a credible choice for decades. This isn’t just happening here in the UK, it is happening all over the west, look at Sanders in America, and the agents of neoliberalism are becoming ever more desperate and dangerous, because it is happening on the flip side too, look at Trump and Farage.

People are crying out for change, we have had the occupy movement, we have had waves of protests, and unrest around this country and the wider world, the political landscape has shifted vastly, the rise of the SNP, the shadow of UKIP and Brexit. In a world where so much has changed since the Blair years, how can people think “business as usual” can win the day? This belief completely flies in the face of the problems the Labour party was facing prior to Corbyn becoming leader, it completely removes the party from its recent history and the context of where it finds it self.

Thus the ideological war which many believed to be over, the end of history, the fall of the Berlin Wall, has come out of no where to frighten the establishment inside and outside the Labour party. They have completely and utterly closed ranks in order to conserve the ideological consensus they have worked at over the last thirty years. If a left wing leader does win a general election, the narratives they have built up to protect neoliberal ideology will come crashing down. They lose justification for their arguments, and it is they who will be pushed into retreat. We are witnessing the desperate lashing out of its advocates, whether they are being directly pushed by their ideology or on a more subconscious level, because they are in a fight for their survival. If they lose within the Labour Party, an opposing ideology will start being presented in the chamber, if they lose a GE, a new ideology will start drafting policy.

While the Labour party is the main focus of this war of ideas, it is only one battlefield, and on a wider level what happened with Corbyn’s election is just a wider indicator of the paradigm shift which is happening to the wider public. So even if Corbyn is toppled, even if they put a neoliberal business as usual stooge in, they cannot stop the march of history, it has become too big now. So whether it happens inside or outside the Labour party, a big change is coming, and it is one that is going to realign our politics. We can either ride that wave and fight to create the kind of world we want to see, or we can get dragged along by it.

Corbyn Is The Antidote Not the Poison

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With everything that has been thrown at Jeremy since his election, you could quite easily forget that the Labour party lost two elections, had been completely abandoned by Scotland, while suffering from a rather deflated, demoralised and flagging membership. I guess you could be mistaken for forgetting the majority of major unions were growing rather discontent with the Labour party, you could be mistaken for forgetting that there were talks and motions of disaffiliation flying around union branches.

The Labour party faced a uphill battle prior to Corbyn’s elections, in fact its situation was pretty dire. Yet it is almost like we are suppose to believe that the problems the Labour party are facing today are completely and utterly the making of one man, and everything will go back to ‘normal’ if we get rid of him. Normal like I guess losing elections and plodding along without any real direction or momentum, but hey at least Murdoch (& the Neoliberals) will be happy!

We are told repeatedly that we want a strong leader, and only if we have a strong leader will we get votes, I guess Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown just weren’t strong enough leaders to lead us to victory, perhaps they ought to encourage Nigel Farage to join! After all if Nigel does join they might win back some of that lost UKIP vote they keep harping on about. While it can only be assumed that the vast majority of Labour members don’t know what kind of leader they want because they clearly picked the wrong one, does that mean the other candidates just weren’t strong enough leaders?

Anyway it all sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Because to anyone outside the elite Labour bubble it is, while they are running around undermining and playing politics with the party, peoples lives have been ruined. At a time when they should have been getting on with the task of winning an election, they took it upon themselves to constantly groan about electability and leadership, the irony of their actions clearly lost on them. These plotters are clearly in denial about where the Labour party finds it self, and they obviously do not have a credible answer or alternative to offer. The party found it self in a very dark place before Corbyn came and switched on the light, and people would do well to remember that.

Corbyn since before his election was opposed by sections of the PLP, they have been planning to get rid of him since before he was even elected, they have constantly undermined the party, and constantly undermined Corbyn, because to them their main mission isn’t to oppose the Tories, it isn’t to try and improve this country or our lives, it is to get rid of Corbyn, override the rather foolish decision of the membership in voting someone in they actually want to represent them, and to ultimately run the left out of the party. They were after all the self entitled heirs to the Brown-Blair era, and they clearly know a thing or two about electability, after just losing back to back elections. I wonder if they had all the answers on how to get elected, why they didn’t use them just over a year ago and win the election.

Labour lost Scotland to a more left wing option the SNP, off the back of the destructive referendum campaign where the Labour party joined forces with the Tories. This epitomises the wider view of the electorate, “couldn’t even get a rizla between the two parties” comes to mind. Labour lost in 2010 under Brown, off the back of losing 400,000 members during the Blair-Brown era (let alone 4million votes), it suffered a devastating defeat under Miliband. The party became devoid of ideas, devoid of vision, it stopped offering people hope, and resigned it self to just offering a little more than what the Tories were.

They believe rightly or wrongly that if you stick to the center ground you will win, as they attempted to emulate Blair’s winning formula (though clearly not a winning formula anymore), but they completely failed to realise that Blair won because he commanded the loyalty of huge sections of the left at the time. Just chasing Tory votes is the reason that Labour lost votes in its heartlands, embracing the Tories is the reason it lost Scotland, and parachuting people in to safe seats, forgetting about localism, led the party to the abyss. Corbyn has changed all that, and this is what scares his opponents, the people have taken control of the party, it is no longer controlled by Lords and big donors, the people are now in charge, and the MPs do not like this loss of power.

The Labour party needed Jeremy Corbyn, the members of the Labour Party chose Corbyn, because of the direction he was going to take the party, they along with the electorate resoundingly rejected the politics of the likes of Harriet Harman,Yvette Cooper, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. They wanted a change, and this change has been long in the making, the majority of people who are young to middle aged, have never been given a choice of left wing policies or ideals, politics has changed.

The Labour pary has changed, it numbers 500,000 members, that is cause for celebration, not condemnation, the party has become a powerhouse the like it hasn’t been in decades maybe even ever. The truth of the matter is, this coup isn’t about Corbyn being unelecable, it isn’t about his leadership, this coup is being launched for two purposes; the ideological motives to remove the left of the party, but most importantly the fear that Corbyn is actually doing a good job, opposing the Tories and being a successful opposition. If Corbyn is successful, they will be thrown into the shadows, they will be thrown into the dustbin of history, for them this is a fight for their survival. So don’t be tricked in the coming weeks with whatever they say, this has nothing to do with the policies of Corbyn, this has nothing to do with Corbyns chances in the election.

This is a battle for our very identity, the very soul not of the party but the country it self, do we have a party that serves the interest of the people, or do we just have parties which represent the powerful.

The choice ultimately falls at our feet…

Jeremy Corbyn: Leadership Qualities

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Forbes wrote an article in 2012 “Top 10 Qualities That Make a Great Leader,” so lets look at them and see how JC stands up to it.

Number 1: Honesty – I think we can all agree that JC is perhaps the most honest politician in parliament, definitely among the top five.

Number 2: Delegate – He seems to be doing this pretty effectively, in fact his leadership style seems to be one of cooperation, and delegation.

Number 3: Communication – Just check out his social media pages, he is really effective at communicating with the wider electorate, and us. Now we can’t know how effective he is at communicating with his staff, but he done a cabinet reshuffle in 24 hours, so the communication has to be there.

Number 4: Confidence – Safe to say he has this in bucket loads, attending huge rallies, standing up to Cameron in PMQs, and most importantly still sticking to his job after this latest coup attempt

Number 5: Commitment – Corbyn has been in the Labour party as an MP longer than most, his commitment to the workers movement and to Labour are second to none.

Number 6: Positive attitude – He won on a ticket of a new kind of politics, where instead of trying to scare you into voting for him, he painted a new vision, a positive vision of what Britain could be

Number 7: Creativity – First politician to have an instagram account, come on guys! But he is definitely an ideas man, and him and his team have put forward some pretty creative policy, peoples quantitative easing, anyone?

Number 8: Intuition – How can we codify this? I think when we look at Corbyn’s record in parliament, not voting for the Iraq War for example, he has been proven to be on the right side of history time and time again. We could say that is down to his intuition?

Number 9: Inspire – The rise in membership numbers to the party nail this one down, Corbyn has literally inspired hundreds of thousands of people to join the party.

Number 10: Approach – His approach is great, the whole new kind of politics vibe, but on a wider level his work with oppressed groups, and delicate situations speak volumes.

http://www.forbes.com/…/top-10-qualities-that-make-a-grea…/…

I would like to add another one, principals, and I think we can all say that Corbyn has those.

So there you have it folks, these are the top 10 qualities that make a great leader and Corbyn has them all. Maybe just maybe, these attacks on Corbyn lacking “leadership qualities,” have an ulterior motive and have very little to do with him or his style of leadership.

Why don’t you make up your own mind and examine this objectively, instead of repeating what the media or his enemies are telling you. Stop and think for a second that they have an agenda, what is that agenda? What do they gain by getting rid of him, what are the real reason behind these attacks, as this shows, it has very little to do with his leadership abilities.