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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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.

Momentum – shrinking back into Labour

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Momentum, the social movement set up in the wake of the phenomena that was Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for Labour leader has steadily and consistently retreated from the spirit of the campaign, and its founding ethos to the point it is in a real danger of becoming irrelevant to the wider movement.

The writing was on the wall when the right wing of the Labour party came out publicly attacking Momentum. Momentum’s response to this was revealed in a Guardian article entitled “Corbyn’s Momentum group moves to block influence of hard-left parties.”

Within that article it declared: “It would mean members of other leftwing parties such as Left Unity and the Communist party would not be allowed to attend its decision-making meetings. Momentum has decided that office holders in the group must all be Labour members and it is urgently preparing plans to develop a more democratic structure.”

This was a sign of things to come, firstly Momentum is not Corbyn’s group, it is suppose to be a grassroots social movement. The campaign to get him leader was led by many different forces in and out of the Labour party, and they have now been effectively expelled from a movement they were integral in creating.

Secondly, Momentum now has unequal membership, it sees Labour members as more important than the rest of us. How can a social movement be one, when it is now excluding large parts of the movement from involvement, or decision making?

Momentum had its first national meeting of delegates (no observers allowed), and it reinforced this previous position by voting to exclude at every single level, members of other parties, even if those parties campaigned to get Corbyn elected, and have similar values to that of the Labour party, and the trade unions.

The exact decision reached is as follows: “The Committee decided that Momentum should become a membership organisation. Members of other political parties will not be eligible for membership of Momentum.”

This is incredibly short sighted and extremely damaging to any movement Momentum was hoping to create, and for Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in general. Without his supporters outside of the Labour party, he will find himself extremely isolated, it is the pressure and power of these collectively working together which is his biggest weapon against the right wing, and the media onslaught he has faced.

Within this context Momentum’s decision is nothing short of a betrayal, a betrayal to those that helped get him elected and a betrayal to the wider movement, as Momentum retreats into the Labour party to become an internal echo chamber, a Progress of the left.

I’m not a member of any other party but I had hoped that Momentum would be a vehicle for change, where forces from across the left could come together under the banner of Momentum in order to fight for the values put forward during the Jeremy Corbyn campaign by all those that supported him, both inside and outside the Labour party.

It feels that Momentum was dishonest about what it was from the start, as it clearly is no longer a social movement, nor can it be under its current structure. It clearly has changed from its original intentions which were: “The group is designed as a grassroots network to create ‘a mass movement for change, for real progressive change in every town and city’. Momentum describes itself as the successor to the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign, but it is independent of the party’s leadership. It will work both inside the Labour party and organise in broader civil society.”

Momentum also wanted to effect change within the Labour party, hence the massive pressure it has come under from Labour MPs attacking it, but it was suppose to be independent of this Labour influence. In any case the solution to sheltering the Labour party from any outside influence that can be of a negative nature, was to have Labour members within Momentum organised, so that part of Momentum’s work is carried out by Labour members, the solution they have come to however is to exclude everyone, which shows extreme weakness and is going to damage Labour’s electoral chances.

It seems however these internal problems are going to bog down Momentum, this has already happened to some degree, Momentum has slowed down and well lost some of its momentum – a victory for the right who wanted this to happen. It looks like the Momentum leadership are trying to appease them, rather than effectively create a social movement that aspires to change society, while helping those in need who as it was put when it was founded, cannot wait for a Corbyn led government.

The steps it is taking are not new, not radical and I cannot see it achieving its aims unless it drastically begins to change. It is just a new name but carrying out old methods, we live in the internet age, we should be looking to have an inclusive movement that incorporates new media with a non-hierarchical structure.

Look at how Podemos are doing it in Spain, there is another way but mimicking the old methods isn’t going to reach the masses, and the more Momentum gets dragged into part of the internal Labour machinations, the further it is going to be from helping the people that cannot wait for a Corbyn government.

If Momentum is going to be successful it needs be brave, it needs to be bold but more importantly it needs to break away from the shackles of the Corbyn campaign, so that it can begin achieving change in our society, while it lays the foundation for a Corbyn victory in 2020.
I’m still going to be a member of Momentum, and everyone that reads this you should get involved too. We need to shape Momentum in its early formative months, and the more people fighting for an inclusive radical looking and acting Momentum, the better.

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Lets keep the Momentum we need alive and kicking.