Vote me, I support Corbyn – A hollow battlecry


Telling someone you’re a Corbyn supporter so they should get your vote is not enough, taking a vote for granted because you say you’re a socialist is not enough. There needs to be more, much more in order to galvanise the kind of support we need at grassroots level.

That means setting out a local vision, working within local communities and building an (at first) informal bottom up structure within our local constituency. The internal struggle within the CLP over Corbyn is one huge distraction, it’s a movement – it isn’t about Corbyn, it isn’t even about the Labour Party *gasp*. It is about that hungry person you passed on your way to work, or that homeless person you see outside your local shop, it is about a single mother facing eviction, or an elderly person that dies because of winter. It is about those suffering at the bottom, and the more we get bedded to internal struggles, the more we let them down, the more we look internally, the less we are doing externally.

So don’t expect people to support you just because you support Corbyn, or just because you’re a socialist. You need to prove to the people that you are worthy of their support, you need to show them, with your actions not just your words that you are on their side, and that they can rely on you to fight with and for them.

The vote me because I support Corbyn message is unsustainable (Corbyn won’t be here forever), while it will galvanise us to a degree, it can’t go much further than that. I want to vote for a local candidate whether that is in an internal election, a local election or a general election because I like what they’re having to say, I like where they want to take my community and I can see through their track record that they’re trustworthy – they mean what they’re saying.

If we want to transform our communities we can’t rely on Corbyn, we can’t wait until the next GE. The power to transform our communities is with all of us, the power of the movement is not with one man at the top, but all those engaged in the struggle. Less vote me because I support Corbyn, and more tapping in to that message of hope and unity that he brought to the mainstream.

Now is our chance, so let us harness the energy Corbyn has unleashed and utilise the message, but let us take ownership of it and make it our own. Make it local, make it relevant, take it and make it part of the DNA of our communities.

I could see the necessity when Labour were in a full blown civil war, but we have won that war, it is now time to win the peace.

Practical solidarity: Labour must adapt the way it campaigns so it helps those most in need


One day campaigns and calls for Theresa May to sling it are great at galvanizing support, but if the next election isn’t within the next six months, we run the risk of running out of steam.

Words have power that is clear, but words and actions working in unison will lay the foundation for the kind of change we need to see in our society. Which is why it is unsustainable in the long run to keep up momentum indefinitely.

Why? Because if there are no results, people will grow bored, people drop out, and slowly but surely the momentum slows to a crawl before going in to reverse. We have momentum on our side, at the moment, and no doubt the Tories will be trying to delay until the winds change in their favour.

So what can we do to help sustain activity, to keep our momentum up?

We need to adopt a more community minded, grassroots approach to our campaigning – non traditional forms of campaigning which seek to build up networks within communities, and effect real change within them.

It’s great marching to end homelessness, or against the harsh reality of the cuts, those kind of public displays of peoples anger, and dissatisfaction with the system are integral but you hardly ever see immediate results.

Contrast a march against homelessness with a Labour led drive to support the homeless within their communities, to alleviate the harsh realities of the cuts. When you see that a homeless man is going to get a roof over his head, or isn’t going to go hungry that night, you see a direct return on your political capital.

When you are bringing your politics to life through your work in your community and help stop a family getting evicted, or put food on a single mothers table, so neither her or her child go hungry that night – you see results. Politics in action effecting change on a community level, which feeds back into a national narrative.

Not only this but it is through these networks of resistance that we can sustain momentum, we see small successes, thus keeping people engaged politically. While at the same time engaging with the people that a) need our help the most and b) we need to have a political voice c) providing the apparatus/network for future political work

We need to be radical, we need to be innovative. Combine the social, community and the political, and provide cross community solutions – you have a presence, you are fighting back at the system, and you’re carrying out practical politics.

History is littered with examples of it being successful, and it is a political necessity in this country already. People on the bread line can’t wait to the next election, a disabled person house bound due to cuts, cannot wait to the next election. The people who are suffering most cannot afford to wait, and we shouldn’t leave them behind.

While momentum is on our side, while we have the Tories on the run, it is the perfect opportunity to expand our political activity and get out into our communities supporting those in need, with our actions and deeds.

Theresa May


Theresa May, you should have stayed at home yesterday
Ah-ha words can’t describe the election and the way you lied
These games you play they’re going to end with Tory tears some day
Ah-ha Theresa May it shouldn’t ever have to end this way
It’s 53′ and that’s the year that it’s always been
We got your message outside downing street
Conditions normal and you’re staying put
Theresa May, is Thatcher proud of her clone today
Ah-ha the stability you give, it’s never going to fade away
Theresa May, it shouldn’t ever have to end this way
Ah-ha Theresa May, you shouldn’t have taken our dreams away
It’s 53′ and that’s the year that it’s always been
We got your message outside downing street
Conditions normal and you’re staying put
Theresa May, is Thatcher proud of her clone today
Ah-ha the stability you give, it’s never ever going to fade away

We’ve been DUPED!


verb: con; 3rd person present: cons; past tense: conned; past participle: conned; gerund or present participle: conning

  1. 1.
    persuade (someone) to do or believe something by lying to them.
    “I conned him into giving me your home number”

past tense: duped; past participle: duped

  1. deceive; trick.
    “the newspaper was duped into publishing an untrue story”

As the dust of the election begins to settle one thing is obvious, we’ve been duped! With the Tories being propped up by the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party), their election attacks on Labour over a coalition of chaos, or a Sturgeon puppet master reveal that no lie is too great or too small if it will hand them the keys to the kingdom.

Cast your mind back if you will to the days before election night to the Tory campaign and its mastermind strategy (so mastermind they tried copying 2015 *cough* coalition of chaos). We were warned that voting for Labour would mean a coalition of chaos, a weak Labour government propped up by the likes of the SNP. We were told that Sturgeon would be the puppet master pulling all Corbyn’s strings. So afraid they thought this would make us that we would turn out in our droves to vote for them, this repackaged project fear not only failed but it looks like the shoe is now on the other foot.

Theresa May couldn’t have made the choice any clearer:
“The alternative which is Jeremy Corbyn propped up by the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Nationalists presiding over this coalition of chaos”
Well it looks like there was one alternative she didn’t tell the electorate about, and that is her regressive alliance with the DUP, her very own coalition of the duped. If ever a sound bite came back round and bit you on the backside, this is it.

The DUP the political wing of the unionist paramilitaries, a party that actively tried to sabotage the peace process, are the Tories now terrorist sympathisers? Is May a terrorist enabler? The same DUP that is full of creationists, that is against women and LGBTQ+ rights?  Are we suppose to believe that is a better alternative to a Lab-Lib-SNP progressive alliance.

Could it get any worse than a ConDUPe regressive alliance, and their coalition of the damned?

Owen Smith wins the leadership election.. now what?


So Owen Smith gets elected Labour leader with a narrow margin, what happens now? Are all the Labour Party problems simply going to evaporate? Now with Corbyn and his thuggish supporters thrown into the wilderness, are we going to return to the strategies put forward in 2010 and 2015? Or is there going to be a new vision?

First things first it is highly likely we will see the biggest drop in membership in party history, in fact the membership will completely implode as hundreds of thousands rip up their cards, foaming and angry that their political voice has effectively been silenced. The bitterness towards Labour felt in Scotland becoming full blown alienation, while like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones it will slowly spread south, winter would not be coming, it would have arrived. So we will see a significant drop in membership, and a lot of bad blood as hundreds of thousands of people are left with a bitter taste in their mouths.

No doubt these now disenfranchised and angered voters and supporters will seek new representation, so maybe a second Green surge – or a new party will emerge. Which will tackle Labour from the left and ride on the back of resentment that is going to be felt against the Labour Party and its elite.

Labour seeking to appeal to the falling UKIP vote (UKIP clearly peaking and now on the decline), begin ramping up the immigrant rhetoric. After all they have to appeal to peoples concern on immigration (a line we keep hearing from them). In an environment of rising xenophobia and hate crime in a post brexit country, we see a Labour party that far from standing as a beacon against xenophobia, starts adding fuel to the racist fire (that mug anyone?). This of course alienates some of Labours BAME vote, with them seeking representation elsewhere, after all why would they stick around in a party which is effectively becoming a watered down UKIP with its immigration policy and rhetoric.

Then we have the unions, trade unionists on the most part being wholly behind Corbyn, will either continue a civil war, running campaigns against right wing Labour. Or as some were doing prior to Corbyn’s election seeking to leave the party behind, if a new party is formed out of the ashes of a Corbyn defeat, they could be integral in setting it up, or supporting it. Labour’s union support will clearly be rocked by the coup, and no doubt there will be a lot of angry and bitter trade unionists. The argument of the left sticking with Labour will become an extremely bitter pill to swallow, when after we had a left wing leader democratically elected, they plotted, undermined and removed him. So justifying support when the disaffiliation motions start cropping up, is going to get more and more difficult. It will become even more difficult if this next thing happens…

Owen Smith once getting elected through appealing to the left wing base, after all Corbyn has shifted the narrative in the Labour Party back to the left, no longer has to pander to the left wing support. There being no way he can be removed, with the PLP rallying around him and shoring up his position. He begins coming up with reasons why he cannot follow through with the Corbyn policies he has stolen, he cannot follow through with x,y,z and he brings in a whole selection of policies and rules he kept quiet about. Chief among them will be changing the election rules, and the membership rules in general. Those Labour members who didn’t leave in disgust, will be pushed out in a great left purge, the smokescreen being that they want to stamp out abusive behaviour in the party.

We see a softening of the media towards the party, after all there will no longer be a core group of Labour MPs constantly briefing the media against the party. So the sections of the media that were hostile to Corbyn will shower praise onto Smith, and we will see Smith court the likes of Murdoch, and become just the same as any other wannabe politician. Winning is more important than principles, and if to win we have to get on our knees and play with Murdochs balls, then that is what we shall do! While this is going on there will be a huge backlash against Smith and Labour on Twitter and social media, as the youth vote abandon the party in droves.

Then we come to Labour’s core support who have clearly rallied around Corbyn, and want the party to go in the direction Corbyn is calling for the party to go in. We will see (only online the media won’t report it) loads of stories of people “never going to vote Labour again,” “voted Labour all my life, but not after this.” The amount of non-voters in the next election will be huge as millions of Labour supporters simply don’t turn out to vote for Smith, or they vote for a new alternative – maybe the Greens. This will of course hand the GE to the Tories, as the Tories always appeal to their core support.

Thus we come to the biggest contradiction, the strategies put forward in the failed 2010 and 2015 election of pandering to the Tory vote has one big flaw. If you have no foundation and no core support, you neglect your main base. When you neglect your main base, they either don’t turn out to vote, or vote for another party – so while you may gain 1 Tory voter with your centre right rhetoric, you will lose 2 Labour voters. Now it could be argued if that 1 voter was in a marginal seat then it doesn’t matter because of our electoral system, but if this is replicated on a huge scale, say for example what happened in Scotland – What happens then? Labour support will implode.

Thus Labour are wiped out, their core support abandoned them, many bitter at what the party has done and is doing. Unions leaving the party left right and center, and a new democratic socialist party rising to take its place. What will the point of the Labour party be again? It will have turned its back on its core support, turned its back on the people who created it, and ultimately disowned its own legacy. The future of this party is at stake and ultimately if it continues on a path to be Corporate Labour PLC, instead of The Peoples Labour Party, it makes you wonder just how it will be relevant, or survive? We may occassionaly get power as people get bored with the Tories, but what will be the point of power when we just continue where the out going Tory government left off?

Corbyn offers real change, a break from the neoliberal consensus and this is why we are seeing neoliberal forces rally round to take him down. Yet even if Corbyn is removed as leader people are beginning to stir, and removing him won’t put the cat back in the back. What Corbyn represents isn’t going away and if it isn’t allowed to manifest in the Labour Party it will manifest somewhere else. So Labour can ride the times and be part of the future, or they can resist them and be resigned to the dustbin of history.

Disclaimer: Obviously this is a work of fiction but some of the things mentioned here are likely to happen, some less likely – but if Smith gets elected there are many challenges he has to face. It is unlikely that he will complete or continue the project started by Corbyn and his supporters, and it is unlikely he will have the same levels of support as Corbyn. So while he may have more support among the PLP (and media circles) we will sacrifice the support where it matters on the ground, the grassroot support that actually gets us votes. The point of this piece is to serve as a warning more than anything, if you think voting for Smith is going to somehow make Labour “great again” – then you’re not paying attention. Go back and look at Labour’s recent history and why it got to where it is. Therefore even if Smith takes over there are going to be a whole load of problems, and challenges.

For some questions that I think all Smith supporters need to ask themselves check out this blog:

Peoples March for the NHS, Labours March for Election Success.



When I first heard of the Peoples March for the NHS, I was filled with a lot of hope. I was under the impression this could be a real big stick with which to bash the establishment, an establishment which has for successive governments treated the NHS as two things, a gift to give to their jolly old chums, and a magic trick with which to manipulate the masses during election time. A real opportunity to highlight to people from Jarrow to London how much disdain the privately educated mob view their health and well being. How dismayed I was then, when it seemed Labour was now using this march to launch its new election campaign, as it was reported in the Guardian while the march was in full swing: “Ed Miliband will put healthcare at the centre of his general election campaign in a bid to capitalise on voters concerns about the Nhs,” and oh boy were they capitalising. I forget how many Labour politicians and pro-Labour stooges I witnessed falling over themselves to declare their support and address rallies, but I personally got to witness Andy Burnham in Bedford, and the Labour fest that became of the Trafalgar Square rally. You may think I am being overly negative, but ask yourself this, can you trust the Labour party? Can you trust its politicians? I could turn this article into an analysis of how, where and when Labour have betrayed us and the NHS, but most of you already know.

I took part in helping organise the Northampton leg of the branch, a lot of work went into it, I assume a lot of work went into it across the country by all the organisers. A big thank you and a big shout out to all those that made the Northampton leg of the march work, thanks to you all for the time and effort involved. The organisers are the unsung heroes of the march, and to me are the most inspirational thing to take from it all. They were not jumping out of the minibus for every photo opportunity, or given center stage in London, or any stage for that matter, but without them, the march wouldn’t of got past day one. Up and down the country, people gave their time and money to facilitate a march for the NHS, so there is hope there. Well done to all the organisers for their hard work and dedication in making it possible, I only hope they continue to be as dedicated in fighting for the NHS in the long term.

Things soon turned a bit sour when the marchers arrived, they were an hour and a half late, which was fine, these things happen. They were not happy to see us, nor did we get a warm welcome, and things went from bad to worst, as we were walking down with them to All Saints Square, one of our lot began chanting “They say cut back, we say fight back,” he was then told in not so kindly terms, to be quiet as his chanting was too political, this put people off from joining the march, and needless to say, a group left early from the rally because of it. They were then rude to the organiser, and the details of the conversation I will not go into, needless to say, they were very ungrateful for the hospitality and work that we had put in for them, five of them were not happy with the place we had arranged for them to stay and went off to a travel lodge.

I put this down to it being a long day and them being tired, things did not marginally improve the next day, and all in all the experience left me feeling a bit pissed off and let down by something I had a lot of hope for. The other organiser for the Bedford leg had seemed to arrange things behind Northamptons back, and the reason why became apparent as the march progressed. I think I need to add here as well, A core group of the marchers, usually the ones you see at the front of all the pictures, seemed to spend quite a bit of time in the van, and only jumping out for the photo ops (they did do some walking, but I think the hardcore walkers didn’t get a lot of the media attention), coincidently these were the same group of people which were very rude and ungrateful, there seemed to be two camps within the march which polarised different attitudes towards the people helping them, and towards each other (I also got told off a few times for walking ahead of them during the march).

Anyway after a couple of miles, a bunch of people jumped in the van, and we continued walking until we got near Lavendon, we were running behind schedule, so we all got ferried just outside of Lavendon, and the reason for this will again become apparent soon. However when we got to Lavendon a plaque was presented, a nice photo opportunity was had, something the Northampton organiser had nothing to do with. We got to the pub the Bedford organiser had told us to go to, only for the Northampton organiser to start getting grief because the owner wasn’t expecting us (supposedly the whole village would have been out if they had known we were coming something else we got moaned at about, god knows how they knew to present the plaque, and recreate a few photos), all in all it soon descended into a farce, with Northampton taking the flak, because the Bedford organiser went and completely ignored what she had planned. Then why all this was happening, and why the Northampton lot were being sidelined became apparent, we were told we had to meet Andy Burnham at 4.30 at Biddington and we “can’t keep him waiting.”

So back into the minibus we jumped as we got drove from Lavendon to Biddington, there I met a really inspirational lady who had COPD, her grandson died due to the benefit cuts and she wanted to march the mile or so into Bedford with us. How upset I was that the march left us, and this woman had to constantly apologise to the few of us that stayed with her, because she felt a burden as we were not walking with the rest of them. What was this march about? This woman should have been leading us, instead of being made to feel like a burden, she should have felt honoured, I know I definitely did after walking the mile or so with her. All of this, because we couldn’t leave Mr Burnham waiting, just what were we doing this for again? So we met Burnham, something the Northampton organiser had no input on, or was even aware of and marched off to Bedford, I didn’t stay for the rally, I left the march in disgust, feeling let down and demoralised. We later got informed that no one was allowed to stay with the marchers any more, and if anyone joined them, they would have to arrange their own accommodation – thank god we turned around then.

Then fast forward to the London rally, we went down to show our support, after all, who doesn’t support the NHS and want to fight for it, outside of the vampiric establishment that is. Low and behold, two Labour politicians on the podium, and Labour champion Owen Jones, this from something which we were told a few days earlier was not “political.” We have seen now with this and with the People’s Assembly how the Labour party in opposition is using these very good grassroots initiatives to boost their own ratings and to give themselves a bit of credibility. The Labour party betrayed us, it sold us down the river to big business, and now it is coming for our votes, every time we see a Labour politician at one of these events, they should be on their hands and knees begging us for our forgiveness, instead of being facilitated to lie and cheat us, all over again. I stayed around till the end but all in all, I felt really disillusioned with the march and the marchers as a whole. Instead of Labour getting a seat of honour at the London rally, the regional organisers should have been recognised for their commitment in making it happen, I wonder how much support Labour gave to the march organisers, and march along the way? In Northampton, they tried going over our head, then completely ignored us.

My overall opinion on the march is that it seemed to descend into a media frenzy, it became more about getting that good photo opportunity than actually spreading a message of resistance against the establishment who are seeking to destroy the NHS. Hats off to all those who walked, no matter how far, and for all those that made the march possible. I think it is great that the darlomums did this, do not get me wrong, I think they started out with the best of intentions, and it is magnificent that people up and down the country came out in support of the NHS and made this march possible. But what now? The vibe I seemed to be getting was that we need to vote Labour to save the NHS, was that the aim of the march, to get people to vote Labour? Labour sold the NHS down the river once before, how can we trust them not to do it again? We cannot continue to treat Labour as honoured guests at dinner, when they have been stealing from our house and sleeping with our partners! With hindsight, I think there should have been a much more longer term objective, it would have been great that instead of it being hijacked by Labour, it got behind the NHA or any of the parties which are actively campaigning against the very interests that the Labour party support, or that it went into communities to actually build resistance against the establishments plans, instead of quickly passing through on their way to their next photo opportunity or meeting with a Labour politician. Regardless of the outcome of the next election, whether we have Labour, Tories or a coalition, one thing is for certain, the fight for the NHS is only just beginning.