Pause and consider: the Labour right has been ominously quiet the last ten days or so…

While some sections of the pro-Corbyn Labour Party have been getting worked up about whether one in three branches is an insurmountable democratic obstacle for people who think they can achieve fifty percent in a vote to remove an incumbent MP, or whether a reduced nominations threshold among MPs is a good trade for an […]

TV-star-turned-candidate Nixon smeared by own party as US Dems copy anti-Corbyn playbook

Smeared and smeared alike: Nixon and Corbyn Picture the scene: a popular left-wing leadership candidate threatens the status quo of an Establishment, notionally-left political party, putting at risk the painstakingly-constructed business-as-usual cosiness that it clings to. In spite of huge threats from burgeoning right-wing extremism, the Establishment party turns on one of its own candidates, […]

‘Tory Glasto’ yesterday was absolutely bouncing..

‘Tory Glastonbury’ – or to give it its official title, the ‘Big Tent Festival of Ideas’ – took place yesterday. You could be excused for missing it, since it seems almost everyone else did: No, that’s not a spoof picture. In case you think it’s a one-off or an unflattering camera angle, here’s another from […]

As SKWAWKBOX warned, a #CoupOfCowardice is underway. #NoPasaran

Yesterday, as the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn’s video message to the Jewish community was cynically attacked, the SKWAWKBOX warned that the response removed any reasonable doubt that a new coup had begun: The response of the Labour right and the Establishment media to today’s announcement that no further action would be taken against Barking MP […]

Austin raises Labour morale with hint at intention to leave

Soon to be ex-Labour MP Ian Austin? Right-wing Labour MP Ian Austin, currently the subject of at least two formal complaints for alleged aggression and abuse toward parliamentary colleagues and accused by author Michael Rosen of a ‘full frontal assault’ on Rosen’s testimony to MPs about antisemitism, seems to be going for broke on social […]

Formby collecting CLP data amid reports of mass rogue affiliations and rising GE expectation

One of the key democratic – or otherwise – influences in the Labour Party around the country consists of affiliations to CLPs (constituency Labour parties) from other groups affiliated to the national party. Unions and affiliated socialist societies are entitled to send delegates to a CLP from any branch that has affiliated to it – […]

Leaked Brighton email exposes shameless right-wing hypocrisy and questionable resource use

Over the last few days, Labour’s hard right in Brighton has mounted an attack campaign on social media against prospective left candidates in the selections for the next set of local elections – apparently fearing a ‘Momentum clean sweep’. A toxic fringe publication published a tweet mocking Momentum’s candidate preparation process for its ‘form-filling’: This […]

Greenwich leader loses majority as council announces fraud charges against ally – after denying any investigation

Six weeks ago, the SKWAWKBOX published claims from Labour insiders in the London borough of Greenwich that a key ally of the council leader – whose majority in the group was a single vote – was mired in a property scandal that was being kept quiet. The background This blog had been investigating the issues […]

Video: May flaps as she’s exposed not knowing or understanding own Chequers Brexit ‘deal’

The BBC’s Andrew Marr is not known for intense, probing questioning of Tory politicians – especially Theresa May – and his interview with her yesterday morning was only fitfully interesting. However, one particular exchange that was of interest and for which he deserves credit exposed the extent of May’s utter ineptitude over Brexit – as well […]

Labour members launch petition calling for action against ‘centrist’ sabotage

Last year, the SKWAWKBOX revealed a number of instances of right-wing Labour staffers undermining the party’s efforts and electoral prospects – and yesterday the Times published revelations that showed ‘Southside’ HQ staff faking social media campaigns to deceive the party’s leadership during last year’s general election campaign. Those suffering now under the Tories are suffering […]