The hard-left faction went full pelt in their attacks on UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis yesterday (18-02-19). They were calling for Saint Corbyn to “LAUNCH A STRUGGLE TO KICK OUT BLAIRITES AND FIGHT FOR SOCIALIST POLICIES”. The term Blairite of course being Socialist party code for anyone who does not agree with their crackpot view of the world. I always find it interesting that the Socialist party feel they are able to dictate Labour party policy, or are in any position to demand anything of them.
The hard-left faction were claiming that Prentis comments were sympathetic towards the independent 7; I have to confess that I struggle to see it. If you can see it in the statement below, please point it out to me.
Commenting on the announcement today (Monday 18-02-19) that seven Labour MPs have resigned from the party and are to sit as an independent group, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“This is terrible news and the last thing public service employees across the UK will want to hear.
“Working people need a Labour government but split parties don’t win elections. Labour’s overriding concern must be to look long at hard at the reasons why the MPs feel they are no longer able to stay in the party.
“The party must get its act together over Brexit and ensure the country is spared the calamity of a no deal. Crashing out of Europe would be disastrous for public services and ordinary people across the country, and it must be stopped.”
The below statement was put out by unison action broad left.
SEVEN MPS’ QUIT LABOUR IN ANTI-CORBYN SPLIT – CORBYN MUST LAUNCH A STRUGGLE TO KICK OUT BLAIRITES AND FIGHT FOR SOCIALIST POLICIES
Many UNISON members will have been unsurprised to see the long-awaited split of some Blairite MPs away from the Labour Party finally manifest itself as the Independent Group in parliament of 7 MPs.
Unfortunately the first statement from our general secretary appears to have more sympathy for the seven than for Corbyn.
These MPs have been firmly hostile to the leadership of Labour by Jeremy Corbyn, and his radical manifesto in 2017, that put forward many of the demands that trade unionists have been making including a £10 an hour minimum wage, renationalisation of the railways, a mass council house building programme and more.
Corbyn’s repeated victories have been followed with a strengthening of the left in UNISON and the beginnings of a more combative policy to fight for our members interests.
Instead these Blairites wish to take us back to the past with neoliberal policies and support for austerity, as expressed in their statement of their views:
“Britain works best as a diverse, mixed social market economy, in which well-regulated private enterprise can reward aspiration and drive economic progress and where government has the responsibility to ensure the sound stewardship of taxpayers’ money and a stable, fair and balanced economy”
If these MPs had remained within the Labour Party they would have continued to fight for such positions and sabotage a Corbyn-led government from implementing its programme.
Therefore it was entirely correct for those on the left to argue for support for mandatory reselection so that such MPs could have been challenged by the members rather than being able to leave on their own terms.
The seven are far from the only Labour MPs who share their views, with the majority of Blairite MPs still being of the opinion that it is better to attack Corbyn from within the Labour Party.
UNISON should immediately withdraw any financial or other support from these MPs.
Corbyn should withdraw the whip from any MP who helps to prop up the Tories.
These events make even clearer that what is needed to consolidate the victory of Corbyn in two leadership elections is the refounding of the Labour Party, restoring a socialist clause in its constitution and the collective rights of trade unions and opening it’s doors to all groups who wish to join.
For those of you that have been watching events unfold in parliament over recent months, you will have noticed that opportunity after opportunity to hammer the Tories has been either missed or ignored. The labour leadership have pissed away the chance to make clear ground and bring us closer to a Labour government. I do not agree with the actions of the 7, but I do share their frustration.
Prentis is quite right in his call for the party to look at reasons that the 7 have left the party, this should be a priority. The fantasy politics of unison action broad left are just that; fantasy. This naive statement shows how monotheistic their ideology is and how clueless they really are. They are content to worship at the altar of Corbyn whilst labouring on their own genitals, ignoring the world collapsing around them. Anyone who shows any descent from their world view is to be vilified, cast out and labeled a Blairite or right-wing. This is a convenient way of ignoring the bleeding obvious, so they never have to confront the flaws in their arguments. The shouting down of opponents and the bullying of them is common place, however they refuse to recognise this behaviour in themselves, but are quick to point it out in their opponents.
The nihilistic braying of unison action broad left damages not only UNISON but the Labour movement. Their outragous attacks on Dave Prentis bring us all down. One of the worts examples of yesterday’s comments was “our general secretary has always been a spineless bastard”, a comment that has no foundation whatsoever.
I have been a lifelong member of the Labour party and I want nothing more than to see a Labour government in power to undo the mess the Tories have left us in and to rebuild a caring and supportive society. I recognise that we will need people of good conscience from different backgrounds to help us achieve this. I am saddened by the 7 MPs who have left the party, but I respect the fact that they believe they had no alternative.
On the opposite side of the coin, we see they party re-admiting Derek Hatton into membership. This was a man who cared nothing for our members or our party and I can see that nothing has changed. He caused more damage to our movement than anyone else in the eighties and the ban on his membership should have been lifelong.
Always check the facts reader, the truth is out there.
Thanks for reading.