Well, congratulations Labour, you have finally driven me out, after a lifetime of membership. I am officially politically homeless. In case anyone is interested this is why I’ve finally cracked. I know full well that Momentum disciples will be cheering and moderates raging at me for doing it. I will no longer allow myself to care.
Like many people I’d been a Labour Party member for my entire adult life but never actually done anything practical beyond voting and nagging friends and relatives. A demanding job with stupid hours, caring for various family members etc, didn’t lend itself to activism. When all that calmed down, early in 2015, I decided to get involved in my local GE campaign. My CLP was welcoming, as were the people I met from other local CLPs. We all had the same ultimate aim, to help elect a Labour government again. I was impressed at how hard Labour people worked. We were out every single day, 7 days a week. for weeks on end, and a lot of these people had been doing this for years. I was impressed by how much so few people could do.
Along with every other Labour activist I was devastated at the loss that year. We had all, activists and supporters alike, been clinging on for dear life for the day we removed the Tories from Number 10, especially I suspect, those of us who worked for the NHS. It felt like a genuine broad church, some people clearly came from different bits of the Party, but it was never made obvious, and everyone worked together. Like most people pre 2015, I never belonged to any faction, I was interested in ideas from anyone, and never considered whether they were on the right of the Party, the left, up or down, it just wasn’t a THING. I considered myself left wing, and I still do. Nobody in the Labour Party is right wing. Little did I know that there was a faction that truly despised anyone but their own.
During the first leadership election I happily toddled off to hustings to listen to all the candidates. I wasn’t a great fan of Corbyn, I knew some of his less than illustrious history but I was willing to give him a chance to prove me wrong if it came to it. I thought, erroneously as it turned out, that he was wrong on several issues but that he was essentially an honourable man. He soon proved me wrong. He made no attempt to unify the Party. He brought in John McDonnell, a truly odious man who doesn’t actually believe in Parliamentary democracy at all. Then he filled his office with the most toxic team you could possibly imagine. To make matters worse, they were totally incompetent. He paid lip service to unifying the Party. Although many MPs made the effort to work with him, he blatantly allowed his team to undermine them on a daily basis. McDonnell was and still is running the show, and he had no intention of unifying anyone.
Then came the Referendum. Oh dear god. Some of us worked so, so hard on that campaign. Every single day for weeks again. Corbyn sold us down the river. Both he and McDonnell and their cronies have always been anti EU, but you would THINK, being such alleged fans of democracy they would have stuck by the decision of Conference that we were a Remain Party. Nope, Corbyn was all but invisible. His fans still claim to this day that he gave 122 speeches during the campaign. This was NOT TRUE. Not only was it around 10 speeches, he went on holiday during the campaign and his team actively undermined the campaign. Then he made it a million times worse by calling for Article 50 to be triggered the day after the Referendum. I don’t think I will ever forgive him for that loss. Nothing he or the rest of the front bench since has changed my view, simply made it more obvious.
Foreign policy in general is not something Labour can do anymore it seems. Labour is now a party that supports a man who barrel bombs hospitals and murders children with chemical weapons. Assad should be a pariah, expelled from the international community but no. the Labour leader and his toxic little gang give this monster succour, along with his buddy Putin, who has undermined our elections and POISONED PEOPLE ON OUR OWN STREETS. Now we have the unedifying spectacle of Emily (I will do anything, no matter how despicable, for a shot at the Labour Leadership) Thornberry deciding he shouldn’t be attacked because he’s very popular y’know. Give me strength, this once great Party of the oppressed is now in direct conflict with Amnesty International I like how these so called Palestinian supporters don’t give a flying fuck when Palestinian children in Syria are dying at the hands of Assad and Putin. They can get right in the sea claiming to inherit Robin Cook’s ethical foreign policy stance too, he would turn in his grave to be associated with these anti West cowards and appeasers. Don’t even get me started onthese people’s open support of Stop the War and their alter ego rape apologist SWP front groups
This is the Labour Party now, the leader happily protesting, which seems to be all he’s good at, surrounded by communist party flags. A man who appears with rape apologists and lies about it.
No resignation letter would be complete without a rail against the antisemitism that is now embedded in Labour. Dear god, I knew there were pockets of it, mainly populated by idiots who simply don’t have the brain power to separate the Palestinian cause from the entire Jewish population of the world. Unfortunately they have multiplied, emboldened by the fact they now have a leader in Jeremy Corbyn who basically agrees with them. The level of sickening racism now infecting the party is horrifying. Even my own CLP, a bastion of middle class privilege and hard left hobbyism, posted Corbyn’s grudging and far too late statement on antisemitism then proceeded to dismiss the claims as a right wing plot.
At the beginning of this tsunami of shit stuff happening in the Labour Party I knew it was going to be hard to remain once Momentum was formed. There is only one reason Lansman set up that company like a political party, outside Labour, and that was to organise against it. There is absolutely NOTHING Momentum has done campaigning wise, that they couldn’t have done inside the Labour Party, not a single thing. They might have cosy little meetings where they sit around discussing the Communist Manifesto while crocheting for Corbyn but behind the scenes there’s a different, and far more toxic agenda. By the way, claims they have mobilised thousands of activists all over the country are bollocks, as I’m sure you know. They set out to undermine anyone not on the Corbyn train. They had a plan to take over the internal structures of the Party first, and now they are after the MPs and councillors. No loyalty, no Labour values, just pure hard left factionalism. They claim to speak for members, but they don’t, and democracy apparently only happens when it suits them. They plot and scheme and they get away with it because they know full well that 90% of Labour members aren’t interested in anything other than voting for the leader. So they can happily decide a CLP has made a decision on supporting the hard left slate at a meeting of 13 people out of a membership of over 800.
Those that do turn up split the executive roles between them, hey presto, control. Nowadays people seem to join the party and expect to become chair or secretary, or be given some other post 5 minutes later, or they have been in the Party for years and never actually done any work, but suddenly think they should be the Conference delegate. Then there are people who collect CLP titles like Smarties and do absolutely bugger all to justify the title. BAME, Women’s, Youth, Political Education, union, election agent, social media officer, fundraising officer, milk monitor, bin tsar, there are a gazillion of them, some legitimate posts, some made up and utterly pointless. Call me old fashioned but I think you should pay your dues first. I watched and learned, got to know the people and the Party. I’m a quick learner and it’s not exactly rocket science but I do think you should put some graft in before piling in to take stuff over, and if you’re going to take a post you need to actually do something with it, not just collect them to make yourself look good when you want a job as a councillor or MP.
Last straw locally was letting back in a treacherous local councillor who treated activists really badly then fucked off to the Lib Dems for a few years. Now she’s fallen out with them she has inexplicably been allowed back into the fold. That just showed how little respect there is for those who worked hard to get Labour elected. I wasn’t the only one who left at that point, and it wan’t the first time people had stayed silent over unacceptable behaviour.
There’s an overriding delusion over large parts of the party at the moment. They really seem to think they are on the verge of a great victory. The fact that Labour are behind in the polls against the WORST PM IN LIVING MEMORY just doesn’t seem to occur to them. It’s not going to happen, but I can’t help feeling that while Corbynism remains, that I am relieved. I just hope that one day the Momentum councillors and MPs learn to be Labour councillors and MPs but I don’t really believe they will.
There are still good people in Labour, MPs and councillors who do speak out and do stand up for true Labour values, and I wish them luck. I stuck with it because I believed the moderates were worth it and had each others’ backs. Now I know I was wrong. I feel badly let down. Much worse though is that the people who need a Labour government are being let down, by a leadership that is far more interested in it’s dogmatic revolution, it’s tame “journalists” spewing hard left hate propaganda, and the deathly silence of the lambs.