So there we have it, we finally know what it’ll take for Labour back-benchers to move on Corbyn. They’ve drawn a line in the sand and now they’ll brace for the inevitable consequences of breaking hive rules. Corbyn’s historic affiliations with the IRA didn’t spark sufficient outrage amongst modern born-in-the-90’s Labour supporters, but an attack here and now, on British soil from an unscrupulous superpower has united not just the government, but the British public.
Corbyn and select loyalists on his front bench stand alone in defending Putin, and maybe, just maybe; this time he’s gone too far.
It’s uncommon for parties to split so acutely on foreign policy, and there could be a case to argue that this is just Corbyn being Corbyn—rightly or wrongly a man of principles but one whom undoubtedly lacks the political savvy of some of his predecessors when it comes to on-the-spot rebuttal. Corbyn is known to ‘lose it’. In ruptures of frustration, Corbyn repeatedly forgets to ask a question during PMQ’s, and his long-held beliefs on foreign policy have long been cause for concern amongst Labour moderates. His ability to make friends with all the wrong people have time and again put an unhealthy spotlight on the party.
So when the Labour leader, a man whom not too long ago found himself accused of being a soviet informer, points the finger at the Conservatives for being too close to Russia— the room turned firmly against him. Corbyn sparked further fury when he pointedly refused to lay the blame for the attack with Moscow. Did the absolute boy somehow stray from the script?
33 Labour MP’s singed the Early Day Motion saying they unequivocally accept Russia is responsible for the attack. Just recently, a Labour MP expressed to me how she liked working with Corbyn because he was refreshingly open to new suggestions and ideas, but on Friday the Huffington Post reported comments from Corbyn ally Chris Williamson threatening MP’s who didn’t back Corbyn with de-selection. Labour operates behind an emerald curtain and a well-timed breeze just parted the drapes long enough for us to steal a glimpse.
Are we certain that Russia was behind the Salisbury poisoning? Well, yes— as much as we could ever be without the Kremlin signing an official confession.
Novichok nerve agents were secretly developed by the former Soviet Union back in the 1970s. The chemical makeup of the nerve agent is much like a fingerprint; Novichok was specifically created by Russia to be unknown (and known) in the West and as such it has been one of their most tightly guarded secrets. No one else knows how to make it and it was always intended to be self-incriminating— the formula is a calling card from Russia. To our knowledge it’s never been used in active warfare but a Russian Scientist developing the agent died after being exposed to a small amount that had leaked from a rubber tube.
On Thursday, Corbyn took a half-step back conceding that all the evidence points towards either the Russian state or a “rogue element” being behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. He told ITV News that he is “disappointed” some Labour MPs have “decided to misinterpret” his stance on Russia and that this was either a crime authored by the Russian state or that state has allowed these deadly toxins to step out of control. There were no further threats of de-selection and Corbyn appears to be back on script.
The grassroots movement Momentum have had their tenterhooks in Labour since the 2015 elections, now in the midst of a party-takeover; their propaganda warfare is changing the face of British politics, maybe forever. Their MO is a winning combination of fake news and intimidation to implement submission or de-selection. Labour or Conservative, online of offline, Momentum are producing tidal wave headlines pertaining to accusations of bullying and sexism. They’ve even been rumoured to sit in the Public Galleries of parliament and watch; a sinister question begs, why?
Like the Hyrda of Lerna, if you cut of its head, two more will grow back; the next Labour leaders are waiting in the wings as a split through the green benches thrusts Labour down in the polls and weakens Corbyn’s leadership position; Momentum will replace him as they will continue to thrive and advocate a left-wing agenda within the Labour. The takeover continues at the longest serving Mayor Sir Robin Wales has been replaced in May’s local elections by Rokhsana Fiaz. I’d confidently assume that it’s too late for the Labour moderates to regain control of their party linearly. Radical reform is needed across Britain as the public would need to reject communism in all its forms.
Corbyn confessed last week that his spin doctors had banned him from wearing his tracksuits out in public— and after this week I can imagine they’ve added a few more things to the banned list.