Everyone, except notably the mainstream Media, has been commenting profusely on the recently leaked report on The Labour Party's internal investigation, entitled The work of The Labour Party's Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014-2019.
Several Left-wing writers and bloggers have dissected the report and catalogued offending snippets of social media communications in order to show that there was an organised and concerted campaign to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Party. These highlighted excerpts do indeed prove that this was the case.
It appears that the report was commissioned by the current General Secretary, Jenny Formby, with the aim of pinning the blame for the failure to investigate antisemitism on her predecessor Iain McNicol, together with leading members of the Witch-finder General's office, AKA The Governance and Legal Unit.
The person(s) who leaked the report and those writers who have investigated it, listing the names of the culprits involved in this activity and the evidence against them, have done the Public a service.
Of course this is not how Corbyn's successor Keir Starmer sees it. No, for Starmer, the most pressing issue is to hunt down the whistle-blower. Starmer has form in criminalising those who act in the public interest. He was instrumental in the fast-tracking of the extradition of Julian Assange and in pressurising the Swedish authorities to take this route.
Starmer was part of the so-called 'Chicken coup' in 2016, and was among those MPs who resigned. He was not an innocent bystander while all of this underhand activity was going on, and as it has turned out recently, he had a lot to gain from it.
There is evidence in the leaked report that investigations into alleged incidents of antisemitism were deliberately archived rather than being dealt with. The aim being to show that the Corbyn Leadership didn't take the issue seriously, and that therefore Corbyn himself must be antisemitic. Although this tactic did have some effect, it didn't undermine the support for Corbyn among party members and the general public to the extent that the conspirators had hoped for. They needed another weapon to supplement this one, and that appeared when the General election was called in 2017.
The report shows that this clique worked against their own party during the election campaign. They would rather have had the Tories remain in power so long as this meant the end of the Corbyn leadership. This was a step too far!
This was no longer a battle between the Right and the Left in the Labour Party. The chicken coup from the previous year had now developed into a real coup d’etat.
The dictionary definition of a coup d’etat is 'the forcible removal of an existing government from power through violent means'.
Well let's look at that definition.
Was the Labour Party the government in power? No, but there is no doubt that the 2,700 votes by which it fell short in the general election were only a fraction of what it lost due to the negative campaign tactics of the conspirators. The LP would be in power today if there had been no conspiracy!
Was violence used in order to keep the said government from power? It is my understanding that If you know that your actions will cause loss of life, then you are deliberately committing an act of violence.
We don't need to look at the leaked report for evidence of this violence. Since 2010, 200,000 people have died due to cuts in public services, and a further 150,000 have died due to the welfare reform bill. The Corbyn manifesto contained plans to end the causes of these deaths. Those MPs, officials and staff of the Labour party involved in securing their own Party's defeat knew this to be the case. They are guilty of malice aforethought in the execution of their crime.
The plotters had a close shave in the 2017, and they needed to ensure that the results were more definitive the next time. Enter Sir Keir, leading the elephant of Brexit into the room just in time to save the day. Finally Corbyn threw the towel in after the 2019 election, an election, it must be remembered, would not have taken place if the previous one hadn't been sabotaged!
Of course no one could have predicted the current crisis, but I think it goes without saying that if the Corbyn government had been in power for the last two years, Britain would not now have the second highest death toll in the World from covid19.
Not a bloodless Coup by any stretch of the imagination!
⏩Mike Craig is a member of Left Horizons.