Barely weeks after the murder of Jo Cox, the Daily Mail incites people to “kill Corbyn”

Support us and go ad-free

During the attempted anti-Corbyn coup this weekend, one shocking article almost went unnoticed. Just over a week after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, self-declared “tribal neo-Blairite” Dan Hodges insisted in his weekly Mail on Sunday column that the party needed to “kill” its leader. But Corbyn supporters on Twitter were not about to ignore this or anything else related to the coup.

Here’s Hodges’ headline, which was almost immediately reported to the police:

Hodges later wrote on Twitter about the “viciousness” he expected to see from Corbyn supporters in the wake of the coup, but seemed completely oblivious to the vicious nature of his own words.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Corbyn sympathisers like former Economics Editor for Channel 4 Paul Mason, however, were not oblivious to Hodges’ rhetoric. The commentator slammed the article’s “language of violence” and asked “is it now clear who is coordinating the coup?” Hundreds of others, meanwhile, believed that police action was in order.

A thoroughly Blairite coup

As a number of shadow cabinet figures resigned their posts on 26 June, the hashtag #DeselectThem began trending on Twitter as Corbyn supporters reacted to Labour right-wingers disrespecting the democratic voice of Labour members. One Twitter user said:

Others criticised the coup plotters for:

  • Distracting people from Tory divisions and increasing racism in the UK.
  • Slamming Corbyn over Labour’s Brexit campaign, even though 63% of Labour supporters had voted to Remain and Corbyn had met the objectives set for him by his detractors.
  • Ignoring the fact that post-Brexit Labour had drawn level in voting intentions with the Conservatives.
  • Ignoring Labour’s achievements so far under Corbyn’s leadership.

And comedian Frankie Boyle made a very poignant and cutting point:

This was echoed by former UK Ambassador Craig Murray, who argued that “no rational person could blame Jeremy Corbyn for Brexit” and that the real timing of the Blairite coup had been determined by the upcoming Chilcot Report. The report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq would expose Tony Blair’s lies and would push Corbyn to apologise on behalf of the Labour party for dragging Britain into the destructive, counter-productive, and illegal war. Labour right-wingers, Murray said, would find it utterly “traumatic” to see Corbyn stand up in parliament and condemn the former Labour Prime Minister.

Corbyn supporters retaliate against coup plotters

On 26 June, The Canary wrote about how many people in working class communities backed Brexit on 23 June not because of racism but because they were sick and tired of being consistently ignored by an out-of-touch and elitist political establishment – one that was represented for over a decade by Tony Blair’s New Labour. This is why The Canary pointed out that continued Blairite power games are a negative rather than a positive for Labour – and are likely to backfire big time. The party simply doesn’t need more reality-detached and career-driven MPs, but more (like Corbyn) who are prepared to listen and reach out to current and potential Labour members.

Aware of all this, Corbyn supporters on Twitter rallied around the current Labour party Leader. Hilary Benn, a shadow cabinet member sacked by Corbyn at the weekend for leading the coup, was mocked for the ill judgement that saw him support the invasion of Iraq. Heidi Alexander, one of the shadow cabinet ministers who resigned on 26 June, was slammed for having urged Corbyn previously to criticise junior doctors during their dispute with the Tory government. Lucy Powell, meanwhile, had her resignation letter marked with a red pen and given a grade E for her inconsistencies.

One MP sarcastically celebrated the resignation of Corbyn’s detractors from the shadow cabinet:

And a number of others (like Diane Abbott, Andy Burnham, and Ian Lavery) also stood firmly behind Corbyn’s democratic mandate:

Even Green party MP Caroline Lucas chimed in, insisting that progressive forces ought to be focusing their efforts on defeating the Tories:

Corbyn supporters will rally outside Parliament on 27 June at 6pm to make their feelings about the Labour Leader very clear.

The right-wing forces in the parliamentary Labour party, meanwhile, will probably be put under increasing pressure by Labour members to either accept their chosen leader, face deselection, or join another party.

And Dan Hodges? Well, he could be receiving a visit from the police or the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) any day now.

Get Involved!

Make a complaint to IPSO or to the Mail itself about Dan Hodges.

For Canary readers who are current or potential Labour supporters, you can sign this petition to back Jeremy Corbyn (if you haven’t already).

Featured image via Kerry-anne Mendoza

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed