On 14th September there was an interesting move; the Guardian reported this move as “Jeremy Corbyn’s team issues list of MPs who it claims undermined leader”. I have previously described the Guardian’s position with regards to Corbyn, in the way that it supports the opportunists over mass movement representation. I am biased but it seems to me that the Guardian’s position is untenable. Examine the recent history of Corbyn:-
1) Corbyn was elected with a good majority.
But the real issue of division that needs to be understood is the division that Blair created. This is the division that separated the Blair opportunists from the mass movement. Corbyn represents the interest to unite the mass movement with ts parliamentary representatives again.
It is interesting that one of the claims amongst those critical of the “Corbyn list” is the fear of deselection. Why are they afraid of deselection? Is Corbyn afraid of the leadership vote? No, because the vote is mass movement. Why are these opportunists afraid? Perhaps because they manoeuvred themselves into power in the Blair era. I use the word “might” because my knowledge is limited but be clear a democratically-elected representative need not fear a democratic vote.
Here is an interesting Guardian article on Corbyn as leader, it cites his voting patterns as having been ratified by history. Does his voting make him a leader? In my view, no, it describes his position. In a democracy what makes a leader – the votes that make him an elected representative. In the situation of Corbyn his votes came from the mass movement, the parliamentary Labour party never voted for him. When there was a vote of “No Confidence”, it demonstrated the distance between the parliamentary MP’s and those that voted for Corbyn. When the vote is finally counted on the 24th the leadership victory will be clear. Amongst the opportunists there needs to be a climb-down acceptance of Corbyn as leader, Corbyn has opened the door for such already. If they do not choose to work with Corbyn it shows the true nature of their opportunism.
And that opportunism comes from a wider source. In this blogpost I have been discussing the voting within Labour as if it was part of an open electoral process. The reality in this Labour party election is the battle to maintain the Veil – “Lifting the Veil” movie, the delusion that the election process matters in terms of real power. Corbyn is threatening this Veil by changing the delusion to something meaningful if he were to get into power, this is the same fear that Wall Street has of Sanders, and it is also the theme of the book “A Very British Coup” in which Harry Perkins threatened the establishment. Within the power machinations around this Veil will exist genuine Labour MP’s who disagree with Corbyn – if their views are genuine democracy then entitles them their opinion. Those genuines then have a decision to make:-
If they choose to remain in the parliamentary Labour party and fight Corbyn it shows their true colours. Those opportunists would not then be genuine Labour activists but pawns for the superrich who want to maintain the Veil, what might be termed the Bilderberg sanction. With the Corbyn vote almost a foregone conclusion now, it will be interesting to see who has the Bilderburg credentials.