Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Good Age

Conor McGinn is so important that the BBC cannot even get his name right. I do not know the name of the other one, and nor does anyone else.

If Britain did at last end arms sales to Saudi Arabia, then Jeremy Corbyn would have been vindicated yet again.

Is Alf Dubs also a patsy of the SWP, or does that apply only to Corbyn and to Diane Abbott?

All that this "story" would ever mean to most people is "Corbyn Is A Lefty". Who knew? They do not know what the SWP is, they do not care, and they are never going to care.

If the biggest anti-racist event in British history was not organised by the Labour Right or the Soft Left, then what does that tell you about the Labour Right and the Soft Left?

The Soft Left's whining about the guest list never varies across anti-austerity, anti-war, and now also anti-racist events. I have never known the Soft Left to organise one, though. Never.

One of the most petulant criticisms of Corbyn yesterday came from the man who, 18 months ago, would have been the star speaker.

But the Leader of the Left is now a man who has been in Parliament since before Owen Jones was born.

Contrary to what is often asserted, Corbyn has created the situation in which the Left is led from within Parliament and by people who are, frankly, a good age.

In his way, Jones is as bypassed by that as are many of his colleagues on The Guardian.

Something similar now exists, even more astonishingly, on the Right, under a Prime Minister who clearly does not care tuppence what the papers say.

Peter Hitchens, who has spent 20 years claiming that the Conservative Party had less than 10 years to live, is today claiming that the Labour Party is "very nearly dead", what with its enormous membership and, as he bemoans, the Conservative Government's adoption of its policies from workers' representation to tax avoidance.

He points out, as we all have, that the Great Repeal Bill will seek to do nothing other than declare all EU Law to be that of the United Kingdom.

And he sourly concedes that there will be few, if any, grammar schools, and that the middle classes will not be allowed to attend them.

Bringing is to the latest attack on Shami Chakrabarti, echoing one of the many that have long been made on Diane Abbott. Whatever might Chakrabarti and Abbott have in common?

Grammar schools are not private schools, and vice versa. There has never, ever been any Labour Party policy to abolish private schools.

In fact, they are far more open to the Left than are the schools that are still run by right-wing Labour councillors and their sidekicks this side of the coming clear-out within the Labour Party.

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