Momentum risks undermining its own cause

A simple trawl through the Facebook pages of Momentum reveals a number of posts which are quite incredulous, there are filled full of undemocratic, entryism, in some cases misogynist and hypocritical posts. While some of these posts appear on the main Momentum page – this is by and large pro Labour, pro Corbyn and anti Tory. However go to the local branch pages and this is where things take a different turn.

 

 

Posts appear which are critical about the labour party, with comments about having to hold ones nose while voting for them. Decrying other parts of the party specifically Progress, who they claim are trying to marginalise them, yet at the same time pointing out exactly what they need to do to remove Progress, and removing MPs who are not fervently loyal to Corby.

The result of the Election should have been a rallying cry to present the party as a united front, where as the local branches of Momentum have been waging an internecine war. They are dragging the party though the mud, unearthing dirt against their own party, and then plastering it all over social media, in an airing of the dirtiest of laundry.

This is the same issue I have with some the left wing media, who gained a lot of credibility in the pre election period, reporting on things the mainstream media didn’t. However since then they have turned inwards looking to purge the Labour Party of anyone who doesn’t share their view. This is done in the name of ‘democracy’ but they are anything but democratic in their approach.

I also have issues with the left wing media delving into ad revenue chasing sensationalists. Where as they were a huge influencer last election, they are undoing all that work especially to those who are not necessarily wedded to the Labour cause. They were able to harness mass readership, and now they have it, they need to be carefull and consider what they are projecting.

The left needs to learn how to work with others, or once again risk tearing its self and the party apart, and undermining the very cause for they stand.

Yes before I know I am being hypocritical against my own point here by posting this. No I am not advocating that people don’t speak out, just that they consider what they saying, and those who run Momentum local branches pages, should be more savvy or maybe its a time to the leadership of Momentum to step up and take ownership of their members and their action, and present a plan to unify the broad church of views in a common direction.

I ask what is more important. Putting up a united front against the Torys, or trying to purge in public those of differing views.

 

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David Davis branded ‘thick as mince’ and as ‘lazy as a toad’

Dominic Cummings the mastermind behind the £350million to the NHS Brexit bus and former special advisor to Michael Gove during his time as education sectary has  branded David Davis as a lazy toad and thick as mince.

Before I continue with the article, I must profess I have a profound dislike from David Davis, from the time he was at a student Q&A question time style session at Hull University in the mid noughties. HE was in the middle of a session when his phone went off ( fair enough he is a busy politician) but he then proceeds to leave the area (again fair enough) when he comes back in, no apology, just him giving a curt comment about the phone call being more important than the Q&A. (again to be fair it probably was) The distain he said this in, and his lack of tact gave me an instant and lasting dislike for him, as he clearly had no time or care for the next generation.

Back to the issues at hand. The more we see of David Davis and the Governments approach to brexit, the more it seems like it is based of bluster and bravado. There is no constancy, no plan, no vision for what post brexit Britain looks like.

You have world leaders such as Trudeau stating how the UK is turning inwards, and hitting the self destruct button. We have a government that is still more focused on sound bites than policy. As can be seen with the offer to EU citizens in the UK. They are still being supported by the Murdoch media, to the effect that the EU made their offer on  12 June. Two weeks later on the 26th June the Government responded.

This was reported as a first move, and that the EU had rejected it. What is was, was lengthy delay in responding, and coming back with something that was far inferior to the EU proposal, something that wasn’t even a counter proposal and against what was promised by the government,, that no one would lose out, that people would not be used as political pawns. However that is exactly how our Government intends to use them.

The fact is the breixt camp isn’t a unified camp. There is no consensus on how to approach the negotiations within the government or the brexit factions. Labour also are not the answer here. While their approach is wrapped up in words like Jobs first, they are still a hard brexit party. They have outlined more than the Government but it by no means a cohesive plan.

So while Dominic Cummings labelled David Davis as thick as mine and a lazy toad, this is probably more indicative of the government as a whole, who is woefully out of its depth, and blustering along in the hope that some where some how it will work out. This should be a cause for concern, whether pro brexit or not, as it seems this government is incapable of delivering.