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Fragmentation of the Left, Part Two: Disintegration of the Corbynista Blogs (Rachael Swindon).

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‘Rachael Swindon Says No Vote for Labour.


Rachael Swindon is a well-known name on the left, for her tweets and for her Blog.

Meet The Woman Leading Jeremy Corbyn’s Twitter Army

The present Blog has a lot of respect for Rachael Cousins (‘Swindon’).


As a plain-speaking left-wing woman living in Swindon she does not talk in wooden phrases. More to the point, she has said a of plain truths about the difficulties ordinary people face in our lives. She loathed the Tories and right-wingers.


She did tweet some views we would not agree with (to say the least): Twitter ‘suspends’ Rachael Swindon’s anti-Tory account.


That’s as may be.


She was very pro-Jeremy Corbyn but above all she helped the left.


This marked her high point.

As a reward for all those efforts as one of Corbyn’s “social media outriders”, Rachael Cousins has gathered attention and recognition from the MP and his top team.

“She’s got two cards from Corbyn,” her husband pointed out. After some digging around in a cupboard.

Now this, as her Blog and Tweets have become a voice for the professional Anti-Keir Starmer crowd, has  happened.

Did you know that months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th in them?

And be careful if you happen to find yourself in Salt Lake City, Utah, because you can be fined up to $1,000 for whistling on a Sunday.

And finally, it is thought if Keir Starmer waves his flag on a Sunday, he will be twenty points clear in the polls by Monday.

Fair enough, I made the last one up.

This is the crunch,

My local council has been Conservative-held for many years, although Labour are strongly represented. Normally, I would vote for whoever the Labour candidate might be in my ward, knowing it won’t make any difference because my ward is around 80% Conservative.

But not this time, unless the candidate truly represents socialist values, because these are the values of the real Labour Party. The Labour Party of Hardie, Attlee, Benn, and Corbyn. If the local candidate doesn’t hold these simple values, I will not have the motivation to get off my backside and give them my vote.

She concludes,

Anything less than HUGE Labour gains on May 6th will be a disaster for Starmer, no matter how they try and spin it. 

I’ll be watching closely, and I’m sure you will be too.

Enjoy your day guys,* and take good care.

In effect, she is washing her hands of politics.

Some are already suggesting that the strategy of the Corbynistas-in-mourning, Corby canal-historique, is to wish that Labour does as badly as possible in elections.


* ‘Guys’, an American expression which is said to include women under the male term.


More disintegration:

Against no-platforming at ‘Stop the Labour Lockout’, an event billed to campaign for free speech!

Joint statement by Labour In Exile Network, Labour Left Alliance and Labour Against the Witchhunt

We are very concerned to hear that Esther Giles of the successful campaign Save Our Socialists and Labour in Exile Network, has been de-invited from the February 7 ‘Stop the Labour Lockout’ event. She was billed to speak next to Alan Gibbons and Gaya Sriskanthan of Momentum, Matt Wrack of the Fire Brigades Union, Leah Levane of Jewish Voice for Labour and Socialist Councillors and many more.


But the day before the event, she was contacted and it was explained to her that some speakers had threatened to withdraw from the rally if Esther was allowed to speak. The reason: three years ago, she supported a comrade who was pressurised to make a statement about trans women. Esther’s feeling was that – regardless of the issue of the debate – nobody should be bullied. We continue to campaign side by side with all those oppressed by this capitalist society, including (but not only) women and all our LGBT comrades.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 7, 2021 at 5:10 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    February 7, 2021 at 5:23 pm

  2. Well if Labour don’t make huge gains they can’t blame it on antisemitism or Corbyn’s sandals/whatever this time. At least every single person who has had the misfortune to make a claim for Universal Credit ought to be voting against the Tories I would have thought, having now had their own personal experience of the shambolic and punitive mess of a Social Security system the Tories have imposed upon us. Not to mention all the cronyism involved in Covid PPE deals etc. If Labour doesn’t get ahead now they never will do.


    February 7, 2021 at 6:20 pm

  3. From the little I know of her, Esther Giles seems a generally OK person. But I wonder if deeper, murkier, waters lie in all this ? In the replies section of the open letter you highlighted is one response to the appeal document to reinstate her as a speaker to tonights event. It reads “Ironic that Esther Giles and SOS refused to publish statements from suspended officers who had false allegations of AS included in their suspension letters. So free speech for her but not others? Surprised LAW would support this.”

    david walsh

    February 7, 2021 at 7:26 pm

  4. A choice so tainted on both sides that, to mark the sad death of Hilton Valentine, ex-lead guitarist of the Animals and good bluesman, “We’ve gotta get out of this place”.

    david walsh

    February 7, 2021 at 7:56 pm

  5. I think a lot of the Labour left were willing to give Starmer a chance and some even voted for him, but the way things are going, I don’t see the anti-Starmer voices getting more marginal. Pretty much everybody sees Starmer as a politically vacant managerial opportunist, including even the right of the party.


    February 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

  6. I think you are well behind the curve on this, Andrew. ‘Anti-semitism’ is just *so* 2019, you know. Everyone has moved on. The new issue around which your party is tearing itself to shreds seems to be whether a) men can become women by a simple act of self-affirmation, and anyone who disputes this is a hateful bigot, phobe and Nazi, or b) sex has some material basis in mammalian reproductive biology. The enthusiasts for the first position (which foregrounds ‘gender identity’) seem in no mood to tolerate anyone who affirms the second (materialist) one. They have done a sterling job in capturing the party machine, and righteous ‘no platforming’ of anyone who questions the ‘trans rights’ agenda seems to be their favourite tactic. It’s an interesting schism, in that it isn’t ‘left-right’ in traditional Labour terms. I suspect it may destroy your party, though.


    February 8, 2021 at 12:38 am

    • It has become impossible to discuss these issues without people screaming at a volume that would rupture your ear drums – although this Blog did cover the issues initially when the became debated.

      I tend to the latter critical feminist view, but when a group of people on this side invited anti-rootless cosmoolitan campaigner Paul Embery to speak at its rally my reaction was fuck off.

      Andrew Coates

      February 8, 2021 at 9:41 am

  7. Skawkbox is today giving a green light to similar moves to effectively “down tools” on campaigning for – and, by implication, VOTING FOR – the Labour Party by members. The blog today reports the news of a broadcasting launch of the Labour Black Socialists’ (LBS) ‘selective strike’ campaign on Socialist Telly, backed by Howard Beckett and others. “The group”, says Skwawkie ” has announced that its members will not campaign for Labour candidates it does not believe are fully committed to fighting anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, racism against Gypsy Travellers and transphobia. Members of the Labour Black Socialist group have decided they have no alternative but to selectively down tools in the 2021 election campaigns. The group is still in the Labour party and has chosen to stay and fight for and within the party that they support.”

    Which raises all kinds of interesting issues. It shifts the emphasis away from “Active Involvement” in the party at a local level – recruiting a pool of pool of potential candidates for local councils and mayoralities , the devolved assemblies and parliament, political education to ensure that potentally discriminatory tendancies in sections of the overall membership are challenged and taken on, and active campaigning on the ground – in favour of an abstention from all that and then sitting on their hands when the result of that non-involvement results in candidates emerging who are not to their liking.

    More worrying is that this approach seems to be implicitly – or even explicitly – championed by a NEC member from the Party’s biggest affiliate.

    david walsh

    February 8, 2021 at 8:19 am

  8. Re Paul Embery and LWD – that’s my whole point there, Andrew. On the ‘gender identity’ issue – which small but well-organised groups of activists are pushing to the fore in parties, unions, campaigning groups and institutions – the divisions completely cut across the old left-right divide, the pro-/anti-Israel divide or any of the other familiar fissures. Whichever side you take – or get forced to take – you will find yourself with some unfamiliar allies on that question. Of course, it would be nice if the issue just went away and we could get back to good old-fashioned class politics. But I don’t think it will. The relentless colonisation of the left by student-union obsessions and American fads isn’t going to stop any time soon.


    February 8, 2021 at 11:42 am

    • “Following the debacle over the no-platforming of suspended Labour activist Esther Giles at the Momentum-led “Labour Lockout” rally, we are pleased to welcome the comrade as a speaker at our February 13 conference on ‘Building the Campaign for Free Speech’. It is a great shame that the mainstream left has adopted the strategies of the right – bowing to baseless accusations of “transphobia” reminds us very much of the sidelining, smearing and vilifying of critics of Israel as “antisemites”.

      Wherever one might stand on the debate over trans rights – and the issue is far from as black and white as some make it out to be – we very much “oppose demands for ‘zero tolerance’ and ‘safe spaces’, including on controversial issues like trans rights. They are the opposite of a culture of open debate. The best way to fight prejudice, misperceptions and misunderstandings is through education and debate”, which is how our draft Charter for Free Speech (which will be discussed at conference) puts it.”

      Register here (over 220 people have done so already!)
      The running order and detailed agenda, with all motions, is available here.
      Please note that the deadline for amendments is tonight at midnight. Please email info@labouragainstthewitchhunt.org

      Andrew Coates

      February 8, 2021 at 4:08 pm

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