Lionel Barber and Janan Ganesh take on the question of the danger of the ‘soft left’, a comment by Political Observer

You have to marvel at the Financial Times and their policy of Left political hysteria mongering, here are Lionel Barber and Janan Ganesh in a carefully staged, but strategically brief, political conversation.

‘FT editor Lionel Barber talks to political commentator Janan Ganesh about the leadership crisis in the UK’s Labour party.under the headline: ‘Soft left is the real threat to Labour’

Yet the conversation is taken up by a long, mutually constructed  diatribe about the ‘hard left’. Watch the video here:

Then see Owen Jones’ essay at The New Statesmen which explores the same territory, yet presents a more nuanced picture, although Mr. Jones essay is much longer. The Barber/Ganesh video looks just like what it is propaganda, aimed at the Conservative readership of the FT!  The Jones essay offers this compelling insight into how the respectable bourgeois press, with a careful definition provided by BBC journalist Mark Mardell, handles the ‘left’.

Assessing the Corbyn campaign, the BBC journalist Mark Mardell was intriguingly candid. “It is hardly surprising that Westminster journalists crave the ideologically soft centre,” he writes. “None is on the minimum wage, let alone tax credits, nor are any, to my knowledge, owners of third homes on the Cayman Islands, or running big corporations. They are nearly all university educated and live in London or the South East of England (Yes, all that goes for me, too). There is group-think in the muddled middle, a fear of thinking outside a comfortable box.” Whatever their pretences, the BBC and many of its journalists will be among those attempting to undermine a Corbyn leadership.

Mr. Jones offers valuable insights, he is a ‘left journalist’, yet acquits his journalistic responsibility in a way that puts the Barber/Ganesh agitprop into proper perspective.

Political Observer

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