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The Reader confronts this from The Times:
Headline: Jeremy Corbyn could start a new party. Does he have the friends or funds?
Sub-headline: Talk of a run for London mayor is wide of the mark, but Corbyn’s exile may be the catalyst for a rival to Labour. It’s giving some of his long-time loyalists the jitters
Do the editors of the newspaper ‘think’ that their readership has forgotten this ‘book review’ by Dominic Sandbrook of Tom Bower’s book on Jeremy Corbyn?
Headline: Review: Dangerous Hero: Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power by Tom Bower — portrait of a monomaniac
Sub-headline: If Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister, he would easily be the most dangerous, most indolent and least intelligent holder of the office in history
This ‘book review’ was part of the campaign of hysterical defamation against Corbyn, carried out by the respectable Times. By the Dailey Mail’s Dominic Sandbrook, might The Reader see an emerging pattern? The headline and sub-headline give the game away, but an exploration of the ‘political diagnosis’ offered by Sandbrook via Bower is ‘damming’ …
This is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. It is a forensically detailed portrait of a man with no inner life, a monomaniac suffused with an overwhelming sense of his own righteousness, a private schoolboy who failed one A-level and got two Es in the others, a polytechnic dropout whose first wife never knew him to read a book.
It is the story of a man who does not appear to have gone to the cinema or listened to music, takes no interest in art or fashion and refused to visit Vienna’s magnificent Schönbrunn Palace because it was “royal”. It tells how he bitterly opposed the Anglo-Irish Agreement, deeply regretted the fall of the Berlin Wall and praised the men who attacked New York on September 11, 2001, for showing an “enormous amount of skill”. In some parallel universe, this man would currently be living in well-deserved obscurity. In reality, Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of Her Majesty’s opposition and the bookmakers’ favourite to become our next prime minister.
Mr. Bower as ‘biographer’ described by Sandbrook …
For the veteran biographer Tom Bower, whose previous subjects include Mohamed al-Fayed, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell, Tony Blair and Prince Charles, Corbyn is the easiest target imaginable.
The Reader might look to Mr. Bower’s latest book on Meghan Markle, as ‘reviewed’ in The Telegraph… more of that ‘pattern’ emerging?
Headline: Unlike Oprah, Tom Bower’s unauthorised Meghan Markle biography will pull no punches
Sub-headline: After scathing books on Prince Charles, Robert Maxwell and Simon Cowell, the bloodhound of biography has a new target: the Duchess of Sussex
The Telegraph sub-headline sums up the ‘literary career’ of Tom Bower: ‘the bloodhound of biography’. A not very discreet way of naming opportunism
The Reader can explore, for herself, what I have presented, of this verifiable record of Anti-Corbyn Hysteria, and the part played by Sandbrook, Bower and The Times.
In this political moment of self -serving political amnesia, is the operative strategy of both Newspapers, Writers and Citizens: call it a survival strategy? This newspaper now presents itself as an ‘honest reporter’ ,on the future of Jeremy Corbyn in any context? Some quotation of this ‘news story’ by Patrick Maguire:
Patrick Maguire is Red Box editor for The Times. He is the co-author of Left Out, the authoritative history of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
Penguin Books provides a quick summery of The Times’s political hack’s ‘History Made To Measure’ of Corbyn and Corbynism:
‘THE POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR’ Tim Shipman
A blistering narrative exposé of infighting, skulduggery and chaos in Corbyn’s Labour party, now revised and updated.
* A Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times and i Newspaper Book of the Year *
Left Out tells, for the first time, the astonishing full story of Labour’s recent transformation and historic defeat.
Drawing on unrivalled access, this blistering exposé moves from the peak of Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity and the shock hung parliament of 2017 to Labour’s humbling in 2019 and the election of Keir Starmer. It reveals a party at war with itself, and puts the reader in the room as tensions boil over, sworn enemies forge unlikely alliances and lifelong friendships are tested to breaking point.
This is the ultimate account of the greatest experiment seen in British politics for a generation.
‘Gripping… Every bit as good as people say’ Guardian
‘Reads like a thriller…told with panache and pace’ Financial Times
‘The definitive post-mortem of the Corbyn project’ Sunday Times
- A stunningly good book with jaw-dropping revelations on every page, Left Out is the ultimate inside story of how Jeremy Corbyn went from the brink of victory to one of the worst defeats in British political history. It is both a breath-taking work of political journalism and a gripping first draft of history that is unlikely ever to be bettered. Unquestionably the political book of the year
TIM SHIPMAN, author of All Out War
The incestious character of the Anti-Corbyn hysterics.
Briefings seldom come as lurid. At least not when they concern Jeremy Corbyn and emanate from the heart of Sir Keir Starmer’s office, where caution and message discipline are valued above all else. The hard left had got the band back together, said a breathless Labour official: Corbyn’s closest aides had reunited in the office of Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, forming an ensemble cast of Team Starmer’s pantomime villains.
Banned from politics for five years after his conviction for corrupt electoral practices in 2015, Rahman returned to haunt his former party last year. Free once more to stand in his east London fiefdom, he beat Labour and reclaimed the mayoralty denied to him by the courts. Now, this senior party official said, the Corbynites plan to repeat the trick.
Seumas Milne, the Guardian columnist turned spin doctor; James Schneider, once Milne’s deputy; Amy Jackson, the former leader’s political secretary; Andrew and Laura Murray, the father and daughter who advised Corbyn. All were apparently ensconced in Rahman’s office, planning the Corbyn comeback: an audacious run for London mayor against Labour’s Sadiq Khan.
Little wonder an aide to Starmer should paint such a picture so vividly. Here, in Westminster, is the dutiful Starmer, preparing Labour for government and atoning for the sins of his predecessor. And there, in the lair of a disgraced populist, is the Corbynite cabal responsible for Labour’s worst ever defeat, plotting to undermine the party they left in ruins. With this political morality tale, asserted confidently as fact, there was only one problem: not a word of it was true. But like all horror stories, it reveals fears seldom acknowledged aloud and taboos rigidly enforced: in this case that the Corbynites are determined to derail Starmer’s leadership.
Patrick Maguire is the perfect Times defamer of Corbyn, to opine on the comic notion of ‘Starmer’s leadership’: being that Starmer is Tony Blairs political catamite. But Maguire has a mere 976 words left, to expatiate on Corbyn. How might The Reader approach this almost insightful comment, larded with a weak attempt at a pastiche of an exhumation of a ‘Psychoanalytic Methodology’?, demonstrating the utter weakness of his presented claims?
His true ambitions are more modest but no less significant. As The Times revealed this week, Corbyn has resolved after months of deliberation to run against the Labour Party in the seat he has won comfortably at ten general elections over 40 years. Stubborn by disposition and infuriated by his successor’s diktat against his candidacy, Corbyn was always likelier than not to choose defiance and potential martyrdom over acquiescence with Starmer’s mission to rewrite the rules of Labour politics and cast him as a villain. As another source familiar with the former leader’s thinking said: “It’s become personal.” Even before Starmer’s decision Corbyn had released a video, uncannily shot in the style of a party political broadcast, in which he gladhanded constituents and trumpeted his record of local activism. He believes he can win.
Corbyn’s electability has been proven over time, for the House of Commons, yet:
So Corbyn will fight on, isolated from the handful of MPs still loyal to the politics Starmer is determined to expunge. One question, however, is still outstanding: whether Corbyn will pitch himself as a reluctant victim of the Labour establishment, running to give a voice to local members denied the right to vote for him — as Ken Livingstone so successfully did when blocked from running for London mayor by Tony Blair in 2000 — or set up a new party entirely.
Hotter heads in his inner circle believe he could easily do so with the Peace and Justice Project, the campaign Corbyn set up in the weeks after his initial suspension in the winter of 2020 with patrons including Ken Loach, the former Bolivian president Evo Morales and the rapper Lowkey. “They’ve denied it for three years,” one former adviser to Corbyn said. “But Peace and Justice was always going to become a party.” Len McCluskey, the former general secretary of Unite, is among those who have privately urged the creation of a new movement. Friends questioned his seriousness until he tweeted on Tuesday: “I urge comrades to join the Peace and Justice Project.” Doubters worry that it is doomed to fail without cash from left-wing unions still affiliated to Labour, particularly if its ambitions stretch beyond north London.
On one crucial question, however, this most dysfunctional of socialist families is agreed: Corbyn will not back down now, no matter how many of his friends put their own futures first. “Our message is clear,” Corbyn said this week. “We are not going anywhere.” Trapped in a party determined to purge them, his old comrades are quietly saying the same thing.
While not just carefully avoiding ‘The Labour Files – The Crisis I Al Jazeera Investigations’ , that eviserated the ‘Corbyn Anti-Semitism Scandal’: that involves the whole of British Corporate Media. That ‘Centrist Neo-Liberalism’ of both the Tories and New Labour, defines ‘political rationalism’?: Corbyn acts the part of the toxic outsider, to the virtuous insiders of that ‘Centrist Neo-Liberalism’. So the cadre of Patrick Maguire, Dominic Sandbrook, Tom Bower, and many others, in various ‘respectable’ Newspapers and their journalists: lying by calculated omission, has become the sine qua non of these ‘Centrists’ , who will write a History Made to Measure, featuring an utterly irrational Corbyn?