|Advert in 'The Morning Star' - March 2018|
Campaign bosses managed to convince the Labour leader they were doing what he wanted by spending £5,000 on the ads designed to be seen by Corbyn and his advisers, but that others couldn't see, as reported by The Sunday Times
An official explained, 'if it was there for them, they thought it must be there for everyone. It wasn't. That's how targeted ads can work.'
|JC and the People - Heartlands, Cambourne, Cornwall - 10.08.2017 - Proud to be there!|
Wow! What price democracy when your enemies are that close. I remember waiting and waiting and waiting for the call to campaign when that 2017 General Election was called by Theresa May and so little materialised by way of campaign materials or money or direction. It was almost as if national HQ - and by extension Regional HQ - had decided that since the Labour Party could not win in the St Ives Constituency - it was a marginal seat with the battle for control between Tories and Lib-Dems and the best outcome would be a Lib-Dem victory - the less activity from the Labour party the better. In the event, the Labour vote rose by nearly 5% on the back of the Corbyn surge. But the Lib Dem's vote rose by nearly 10% with, one suspects, thousands of tactical votes from those Labour-inclined. Yet the Lib Dems still fell 312 votes of unseating the Tory MP.
All this I offer as an explanation in my role as an academic and a historian seeking to understand my experience.
|Labour Party Saturday morning stall in St Ives - May 2018 - in memoriam of Pedyr Prior (wearing the shades), former Constituency chairman who has since died whilst undergoing cancer treatment. Pedyr was one of the good guys.|
Back to Koser and her revelations and the other stories that are emerging of local and national Labour politicians who have had their identity shaped by the assumptions of what Tony Blair called 'The Third Way' - a New Labour Party that rejected the possibility of ever gaining power by offering the people a socialist vision. Such Blair-like politicians seem adamantine in their resistance to change.
Koser wrote further in her post:
'Blairite domination is certainly rife in the West Midlands Regional Labour (my own area) and I doubt there are many more devious regional bureaucracies to be honest. I've been a member since June 2016 and I've observed some rather shocking practices that I have taken the liberty of reporting to the NEC and directly to Labour's General secretary, Jenny Formby. However, despite chasing them for nearly a month now, I've had little joy in getting anyone to respond, let alone getting any kind of resolution … in my opinion, if we're going to take control of the party out of the hands of this small clique of right-wing, anti Corbyn zealots then we need to start speaking out and sharing evidence.'
|Jeremy Corbyn-supporting Labour Party activists campaigning in Hayle during the General Election campaign in May 2017|
So here are some of the details Koser shared online to date: