If ever there’s been a time to stand with Jeremy Corbyn, it’s now

Jeremy Corbyn
Fréa Lockley

The right-wing press is in full attack mode against Jeremy Corbyn. Again. It’s now churning out rumours about a “soft coup” against the Labour leader. After four years of attacks, and perhaps with a general election looming, this isn’t surprising. Because in all honesty, the attacks never stopped. But now, more than ever, it’s vital for the grassroots supporters who elected Corbyn to stand strong. We need a Corbyn-led socialist government, and the establishment’s throwing everything it has to prevent that.

I Stand With Corbyn

On 13 October, the Sunday Times ran a story that said shadow chancellor John McDonnell is:

leading a “silent coup” against Jeremy Corbyn amid claims that he has replaced the Labour leader in all but name.

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And, of course, the right-wing press jumped all over this. Some divisive Labour MPs like Jess Phillips, meanwhile, had already thrown their names into the hat.

But afterwards, the hashtag began trending on Twitter. This level of support is one thing the right fails to dent. Because despite constant smears and misrepresentation, grassroots support for Corbyn remains strong. In fact, as one Twitter user pointed out, no matter how hard they try, Sunday Times owner Rupert Murdoch or the establishment media can’t force people to abandon Corbyn:

Others, meanwhile, pointed out the simple fact that Corbyn’s a twice-elected leader with a huge mandate:

And as Johnson’s Brexit carnage continues, aided and abetted by the Lib Dems, others pointed out that Corbyn’s solution is the only option that acknowledges both sides of the Brexit debate:

Labour voters made it clear that, even if there is another coup underway, they’ll stand by Corbyn no matter what:

Coup or no coup?

That there’s another attack on Corbyn isn’t in doubt. But who may be behind a ‘third coup’ remains unclear.

The right wing seems intent on pointing the finger at John McDonnell. And the shadow chancellor certainly didn’t do himself any favours by agreeing to an interview with Tony Blair’s former communications chief Alastair Campbell. Despite Campbell’s goading questions in the GQ interview, McDonnell didn’t attack Corbyn. When asked what may happen if Labour lost the general election, McDonnell said:

What we’d do is as the tradition, which is have an election for a new leader.

Not really rocket science. But the establishment media leapt on his response and reported on little else. Corbyn’s now defended his position, saying:

John gave an answer to an interview that he undertook. My answer is this: I am leading this party to go into an election. We have hundreds of thousands of members determined to win that election.

Sky News has since claimed to have seen internal emails suggesting certain jobs within Corbyn’s office may be under threat. Apparently, one Corbyn ally said “a faction loyal” to McDonnell had launched a “political power grab under the radar”.

However, some people remain sceptical about the accuracy of Sky‘s reporting:

A Corbyn-led government will challenge the powerful and the privileged. And that’s always going to be where the attacks come from:

We’re just a whisper away from a general election. So the millions of people who do support Corbyn need to hold strong, ignore the establishment, and make sure he becomes prime minister.

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        1. nobodylicksme is a machine-troll. It doesn’t really comprehend anything, but just responds to trigger words with drivel in the way it was programmed to.

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          Of course Jeremy Corbyn is the only logical choice to help save this nation, but we can’t really expect an algorithm or machine to appreciate facts like those, particularly when it has been programmed to be divisive, and hampered with poor coding in the first place.

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    1. #ISTANDWITHCORBYN

      John McDonnell did us no favours with his comments re Blair & Campbell and Watson.

      It is galling for me as he, as JC’s “right-hand man”, was one of the reasons I joined the Labour Party – I remember him saying “I would crawl through vomit to vote on this bill” and thought “He’s a good man”.

      Making overtures to the Blairites is not helpful. Appeasement never works.

      At best naive at worst really stupid and undermining. Whatever his motivation his timing is very bad.

      He also needs to remember that people sing “Oh Jeremy Corby” not “Oh John McDonnell.”

      Since JC was elected Labour have become the biggest political party in Europe. The finances of the Party are in good shape. We have a transformative manifesto. We have a great Leader.

      #ISTANDWITHCORBYN #GEFIRST

    2. ex Labour MP Ellman confessed that the impetus for her resignation was the 2017 election result…suddenly she realised that a Corbyn government was possible. What a state of affiars that the LP’s MPs don’t support the elected leader of their own party…time for the PLP to resign en masse.

      1. ‘The honourable member for Tel Aviv’, as Corbyn once described her, has resigned at the prospect of her party winning the next election. She will, however, remain as the head of Labour Friends of Israel. It strikes me that LFI should consider becoming a breakaway party. It’s fairly synonymous with the ‘centrist’ PLP. They could run on a platform of support for the ongoing Israeli colonisation of the West Bank. I’m sure the nation would back them in droves …

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