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‘Red Wall’ Voters Turn Against Tories.

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Rees-Mogg, Johnson was “very rigorous about the rules.” Needs no criticism from his ‘humble servants’ (Channel Four this evening)

Exclusive: ‘Red wall’ voters turn against Tories, poll suggests

This is on Channel Four News now.

Gary GibbonPolitical Editor

Labour is in the lead by 11 points in “red wall” seats, according to an exclusive poll commissioned by Channel 4 News.

Not everybody is happy. Former Labour supporting site Skwawkbox comments:

Written by Andrew Coates

January 19, 2022 at 8:22 pm

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  1. Keir Starmer on form again at PMQs. Johnson standing there with his blond hair askew like a man facing a hurricane . Unable to do anything but burble on about the ‘inquiry’, or in reality, his self-appointed whitewash. This whole fiasco is the best news Labour have had in ages. But somehow I wouldn’t bet on Johnson resigning. As for the Rees Mogg, what do you expect from a man who thinks that extreme wealth makes you a special class of citizen, and still dresses like it’s 1940 ?

    Jeff Smith

    January 19, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    • (towards the end of the Channel Four News programme)

      Andrew Coates

      January 19, 2022 at 9:33 pm

  2. In the 1920’s, Stalin welcomed into the Comintern Chaing Kai Shek at the same time that he was expelling Trotsky and the Left Opposition. Shortly after, Chaing and the Kuomintang repaid the favour by slaughtering thousands of Chinese Communists. Today, we have Starmer welcoming on board right-wing Tories at the same time that he expels thousands of long-standing Labour members.

    Wakeford has renounced not one of the right-wing ideas he supports, which might give pause as to how those ideas are compatible with “Labour values”. Starmer clearly sees no conflict with his own values and those of the right-wing new New Labour PLP. Of course, the same thing happened under Blair, and then the Tory MP’s soon got promoted to being Ministers, as did other Tories like Digby-Jones and so on. Now doubt Wakeford hopes for a similar benefaction. What choice will the actual members of Bury South CLP have in the matter?


    January 19, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    • The only thing I like about this defection is the problems it’s created for Johnson.

      Andrew Coates

      January 19, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      • That is not sufficient. Firstly, Wakeford could have defected without Labour accepting him. Secondly, the problems it causes Johnson are minor and transient compared to the problems it causes Labour’s internationalist and socialist rank and file, as the PLP de facto splits away, and moves in an increasingly reactionary nationalist direction. Thirdly, the problems being caused Johnson are not problems caused by a progressive, internationalist LP, on the basis of political principle, but problems caused him by the reactionary nationalist, petty-bourgeois wing of the Tory Party! The opportunists of the PLP are being dragged headlong towards that same reaction, by aligning with those Tory reactionaries for immediate parliamentary advantage, i.e. parliamentary cretinism, whose longer term damage will be far more severe.

        If Johnson is seriously damaged by what is going on, it will be a success for those to his Right, the petty bourgeois nationalists that are attempting a coup attempt against him, as he has had to backtrack on Brexit by force of material reality. The result will be nothing good, as the consequence will be that he is replaced by an even more reactionary character, who will no doubt rush to shore up the votes of all those petty-bourgeois reactionary nationalists in those red-wall seats, and the lumpen elements attached to them. Such again is the proof of the idiocy of tactics based upon lesser-evilism and “my enemy’s enemy is my friend, which lies behind the repeatedly failed srtategy of the Popular Front.

        Of course, if your strategy is that other favourite of Stalinism to enable someone worse than Johnson to take his place in the hope that after them its our turn, supporting the reactionaries against Johnson would make sense. But that strategy has been even more disastrous than the PF.


        January 21, 2022 at 1:53 pm

  3. An interesting little side story to the Wakeford defection is that the whole affair was initially set up between Wakeford and a Labour MP and his staff acting independently, before Kier and LOTO moved it to finalise it. An that MP, inducing a treacherous centrist to make his move across the floor and into our midst? Step forward, the hero of the left and of the alt left media, Barry Gardiner. Now that this is known, Steve Walker will be no doubt be producing a new ‘exclusive’ post slamming Gardiner for confirming that underneath it all, he was still an agent of right wing revisionism. Read the full story in Labour List; https://labourlist.org/2022/01/christian-wakefords-defection-how-did-it-happen-and-what-comes-next/

    `David Walsh

    January 20, 2022 at 11:43 am

    • Who in their right mind ever thought Gardiner was Left to begin with? Even more with the grovelling Reeves and Burnham.


      January 20, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      • Certainly Steve Walker who runs the Skwawkbox site sung (and still sings) paeans of praise about BG e was the one who floated the idea of conferring on Gardiner the ‘Mantle of the allotment plot’ after the departure of Jeremy, and anointing him as the leader in waiting for an expectant left. As Skwawkbox is still grunting about Wakeford, you might want to challenge their previous support for the man who facilitated the defection in their correspondence section. https://skwawkbox.org/2022/01/20/if-it-turns-out-to-be-true-starmers-new-tory-turned-lab-mp-attended-lockdown-party-it-will-be-hilarious/

        `David Walsh

        January 20, 2022 at 6:18 pm

        • My point entirely. As I said “Who in their right mind”. That is not a characteristic I would appoint to Walker or Skwakwbox, and for the same reason, would not lead me to waste time posting comments on it!


          January 21, 2022 at 2:00 pm

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