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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.



May could face loss of seat over #Abbott comment electoral breach #GE17 #BBCQT

I doubt anything will happen as she is the sitting PM, however the pressure must be kept up


As the SKWAWKBOX reported on Sunday, Theresa May has been reported to police over false claims she made during Friday’s BBC Question Time special about Diane Abbott and police DNA records.

May told the studio audience and millions of viewers around the country that Abbott had advocated the removal of the DNA samples of ‘criminals and terrorists’ from police databases – an accusation that is completely untrue.

bbc qt croppedTheresa May during last Friday’s BBC Question Time special

Making false statements about a candidate’s ‘character or conduct’ during an election campaign is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

Paul Cardin of the Wirral in it Together blog reported the matter initially to the Metropolitan Police, as May is based in Downing Street, but the Met has advised that the matter needs to be investigated by North Yorkshire Police (NYP), because the programme was…

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Britain: For the Love of God, Please Stop Theresa May

A great article well worth the read. If you are undecided please read this. If you are going to vote against Labour due to the ‘magic money tree’ please read this.

I just ask you to read it and then ask yourself the question. Is austerity working? Are we actually cutting so much that the level of cuts are so steep that it’s impacting the ability of the economy to grow. Growth that will provide valued tax receipts to help with the debt.

Also ask yourself this, if austerity is a nessiasry thing. Why do the rich get tax breaks? Surely we must all play our part?

Benjamin Studebaker

On June 8 (this Thursday), Britain has a general election. I care deeply about British politics–I’m doing my PhD at Cambridge. But more importantly, Theresa May’s government has managed the country’s economy and public services with stunning fecklessness, and I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do my part to point this out.

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The Prime Minister is not Credible on National Security, and Public Safety

You may remember back in 2015 George Osbourne announced that there would be ‘no cuts to the police’ BBC NEWS

This surprising announcement came about due to pressure on the chancellor and home office about the scale of the cuts that were proposed.

Why is this relevant today is because of this. The then Chancellor passed across to the Home Office their budget and the level of saving that they needed to make. The then home Secretary (Theresa May) came back with a scale of cuts which was primarily focused on cutting the front line police, and was far deeper than the chancellor had asked for.

Think about this for a minute – if it wasn’t for George Osbourne, and the campaign by Andy Burnham the situation facing us at the moment would have been far far worse than they are now!

So you wonder why George Osbourne was relegated to the back benches, and then why he chose to stand down this election. It is because even the architect of UK austerity, cannot stand Theresa May. That speaks volumes in itself.

But its not just this instance which shows us that she is not credible with the police.


She was warned by the police ( no less than a community award winner) that the cuts she was focusing on front line policing would inhibit the ability to gather intelligence and have real community ties and trust within communities.  Theresa May claimed this was scare mongering and the police crying wolf.

Looks like their fears were realised in the past 3 months. The Tories have gone on damage limitation, and have tried to even claim that they have increase the budget and numbers. This is laughable and only true if you look at it over the last 10 months, and even then its an increase on the previous period, but its still a case that more police are leaving the service then being recruited.

ITs poor planning and policy, if you have to cut only, to replace them later on. It provies that it was wrong to do so. The plans for the tories to bring the police numbers back up are actually spread out until 2020 and not like they are trying to make it shound from the get go.

This was from this weekend after the latest attack in London. The myth that there are extra police on the streets is a fallacy. Its a case that police are being sucking in from other areas and forces to make up numbers, leaving other areas dangerously exposed to both terror and crime. Police are working overtime and 16 hour shifts. This is not sustainable, nor is it putting more police on the streets. This is just Theresa May trying to paper over the glaring cracks in the service.

Don’t let it be used as an excuse that the cuts were from the last government and imposed by Cameron and Osbourne, That Theresa May was not responsible for them. She was and continues to be. As can be seen from this she is trying to take the public for fools. If she had her own way the cuts to the police would have been far far worse than they have been. This is a woman who cannot be trusted with our safety as her primary focus is how to line the pockets of her cronies.