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Labour ‘Coup’, “Centrist Inquisition” says Skwawkbox. Trump to the Left of John McDonnell? “asks” Labour Stalwart Tariq Ali.

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The Thoughts of Chairman Tariq on the Man ‘Behind’ the ‘Labour Coup’.

His old mucker George Galloway adds fuels to the fire:

Fake News Site Skwawkbox ‘reports’.


Labour leader’s office staff thrown into chaos and anxiety by centrist-remainer take-over – and denied union representation

Centrist-driven changes

The SKWAWKBOX has learned that Lord Kerslake and new office manager Helene Reardon Bond OBE will be interviewing centrist front-benchers Sir Keir Starmer and John Healey on the running of the Labour leader’s office. Kerslake is a long-standing friend of Healey, as he is of John McDonnell.

A senior Labour insider angrily told the SKWAWKBOX:

Labour is a professional organisation with a human resources department and policies, we shouldn’t be subjecting staff to a centrist inquisition. They’re also denying some staff their right to have union representation. That’s wrong and must surely be illegal – and it’s a betrayal of the principles of the movement.

Out of thirty people, twenty-six are unhappy about what’s happened. Morale has collapsed, staff are confused about what the hell’s going on, they’re fearful and some are even saying that the stress is affecting their health.

Sky has a a more neutral report,

Corbyn allies fear ‘under the radar power grab’ as Labour leader’s office undergoes major shake-up

Further high-profile changes in the Labour leader’s office are expected as internal emails, seen by Sky News, reveal a “review”.

The restructuring of Mr Corbyn’s team began last week, with the Labour leader’s chief of staff Karie Murphy and political secretary Amy Jackson being moved from their roles in his office.

But further high-profile changes are expected to follow.

Internal emails seen by Sky News show that last Friday more than 30 members of staff in Mr Corbyn’s office – including some of his most senior communications and policy aides – received messages from a party human resources official asking them to attend “informal” interviews as part of a review into the “management structures” in the leader’s office.

The interviews are to be conducted over the course of the next week by a panel led by the former head of the civil service, Sir Bob Kerslake.

Sir Bob is a long-time friend of Mr McDonnell and has been advising Mr Corbyn on his preparations for government for the last two years.

An excellent comment by comrade Owen Jones puts this into context:


Written by Andrew Coates

October 14, 2019 at 1:56 pm

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  1. Novara Media joins the attacks on comrade McDonnell,

    “The inability of the Labour leadership to consistently mobilise extra-parliamentary struggle so far has been concerning to those of us who believe that our power will not come simply, or even mainly, through elections and parliamentary debates. It is also the cause of some of the most damaging Labour leadership retreats in the last few years. But as the Chinese proverb goes, the best time to plant a tree was ten years ago, and the second best time is today. This is certainly not the time for denouncing committed socialists as traitors or focusing on internal Labour Party wars. Instead, it’s time for McDonnell to reignite his radical and principled alliance with Corbyn, borne in the fire of the mass movements, and brought to power on the wave of hundreds of thousands of Labour members joining the party. We have a once in a generation opportunity to deal an existential blow to a Tory Party in crisis, and elect the first ever socialist leader of the Labour Party into government. The prize is too great to be compromised. We can still win. ”

    John McDonnell’s Triangulation Risks Endangering the Corbyn Project
    by Holly Rigby


    Andrew Coates

    October 14, 2019 at 5:44 pm

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