Letter Defending Corbyn in Private Eye

This fortnight’s Private Eye for 10th – 23rd January 2020 has a number of letters from annoyed readers defending the Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn after slights from the Eye itself and letters from Tories in last fortnight’s issue gloating at Labour’s defeat. One of the letters is from Tim Mickleburgh of Grimsby, who writes


Comments in your “Election Special” need to (Eye 1512) need to be challenged. First, 68 percent of the electorate didn’t reject Labour’s policies, rather they wanted to “get Brexit done”, being unhappy that Labour had reneged on their 2017 promise to accept the 2016 referendum. And Corbyn was right to claim Labour “won the argument” if not the election, for the Tories had moved away from the austerity policies of Cameron/Osborne, promising more for the NHS, 20,000 new policemen and to consider re-opening closed railway lines.

Just the opposite from 1997, when Tony Blair’s New Labour won a landslide majority but promised to continue with Tory spending plans and generally accept the Thatcherite agenda.

This is correct. The areas of the north and midlands that turned Tory were those that voted for Brexit, and Labour’s manifesto policies were actually supported, according to polls, by 69 per cent of the public. The Tories also had to compete with Labour in promising more for the NHS and other parts of the economy. That hasn’t and won’t stop them breaking those promises, but it does show that these are issues that will help Labour to win if the party tackles them properly.

It’s important to stress this now that Corbyn is resigning and the Blairites are struggling to come back, repeating the old lies that only by accepting Thatcherism and becoming the Conservative Party version 2.0 will Labour become electable.

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4 Responses to “Letter Defending Corbyn in Private Eye”

  1. trev Says:

    And boy are those Blairites trying! They refuse to accept and admit that Brexit was the main issue in the Tory election victory. They adamantly insist that Labour needs to change, i.e. abandon Socialism. They vehemently blame Corbyn for everything under the sun, and persist in referring to Corbyn’s Politics and supporters as being the “Far Left”, or the “Hard Left”, instead of just accepting that there is no such thing as “Corbynism”, there is only Socialism, which is what the Labour party is supposed to be – Socialist! I don’t know why these *bleep* don’t leave and form their own party, or just join the LibDems or Tories. It’s time that Progress was proscribed.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Absolutely! They’re nothing but Tory entryists, as I’ve been saying for a long time on this blog.

      • trev Says:

        According to some of them I’m a “Stalinist”, apparently, who would be “more at home on Vox Political” ! LoL

  2. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

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