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i have not posted to the list lately on the Leadership crisis in the UK
Labour Party.  My excuse is that I have been thoroughly immersed in the
twitter traffic and at some stage I should do  reflection on that whole
experience. To tweet is hopeless in terms of analysis but great in terms of
egalitarianism and immediacy. I have had likes from George Galloway (2 😋),
one from a Labour MP😄 and one from Aaron Bastani of Novara Media (alas
only one 😧). I have been studiously ignored by Owen Jones, whom I like but
think needs to toughen up, and George Eaton who is on the right of the
Labour Party spectrum, so who cares?. Worst of all all though Richard
Seymour doesn't even seem to know of my existence 😖.

But apart from my desperate search for strokes, what have I learned?  Well,
I think it is worth noting that twitter provides an outlet for people who
normally would be isolated.  Thus the purge unleashed on the  Corbyn
supporters in the Labour Party membership has created a twitter storm.
Moreover it is one that Watson, the Deputy Leader and Ian McNicol the Party
secretary have had to address. It is no longer the case that someone can be
made to vanish quietly from the electoral rolls.  Victims tweet and their
screams echo throughout the twitter sphere.  Barristers appear and offer to
defend the expelled.  Curses and imprecations are showered on Watson and
McNicol.  No one, it would appear goes quietly into that good night anymore.

Tweets attempt to contain analyses in the form of photos of texts and
references to blogs and articles. So there is some scope to educate oneself.

Best of all that tweets have heavily advertised Richard Seymour's book on
Corbyn.  I have to give a talk on it for the Socialist Alliance and will
try and post it to the list as well.  But for now I cannot recommend the
book too highly.  Richard belongs to the "pessimism of the intellect"
school of Marxism, while I think we badly need some optimism even of the
slightly foolish variety. But I loved his clinical analysis of Labour and
what was for me almost holy scorn directed at the Blairite wing of the
Labour Party.  The book is superbly polemical and thoroughly analytical at
the same time. In sort it is a brilliant achievement.

But what happens now?  Well I think the purge will not be of sufficient
dimensions to prevent a Corbyn victory. The 172 parliamentarians that voted
against Corbyn will then have a stark choice. They will either fight on in
some form or seek surrender terms.  Corbyn will accommodate them,I think,
but his supporters may be difficult to control. There is real anger at the
first wave of Blarite resignations that sought to force Corbyn to resign.
There is even more anger springing from the second stage of the coup when
Tom Watson of the Old Right and McNicol of the Soft Left took charge of the
plotting. Their petty maneuvers to restrict members' rights and to raise
the cost of being a supporter and to purge Corbyn's supporters have all
generated hatred and that is not too strong a word to use.

But it is significant that question time in Parliament yesterday, Labour
members for the first time publicly supported Corbyn. So some of them would
appear to be looking at the wall and noticing the writing and reacting

Hopefully, I will get time to talk more on the "what now?"


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