LABOUR PURGE: Councillor Deselected For Being ‘Too Working Class’.
You may not have read much about Momentum recently but they have been keeping themselves busy purging the Labour Party, in true Stalinist style, of anyone who doesn’t sign up to their particular point of view and isn’t totally loyal to the Dear Leader, Comrade Corbyn. No doubt they will tell you they are busy making Labour the authentic voice of the working class, however, just like Right Said Fred discovered he was too sexy for his shirt, Labour councillor Kieran Harpham recently discovered he was too working class for Momentum and therefore for Labour.
Mr Harpham has been labelled a Blairite for signing a letter on a vote of no confidence against Mr Corbyn. His father, a miner, was such a staunch socialist that when Margaret Thatcher died he tweeted a picture of him toasting her death with a pint of beer. He was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers and took part in the 1984-5 strike. He later became deputy leader of Sheffield City Council. Jeremy Corbyn attended his funeral after he died of cancer, describing him as a ‘decent man dedicated to justice for working people’.
A Labour councillor in Sheffield said:
Kieran’s problem is that he’s too authentically working class and not enough of a Left-wing intellectual for them.
A former councillor added:
Being a Labour member there [in Broomhill] is no longer about working-class people and who represents them.
Mr Harpham attributed his deselection to the rise of Momentum:
The problem is the influence of the people who have become members over the last two years.
‘Before the rise of Corbyn and Momentum, Labour members were happy to disagree but would get along with one another. I don’t think it’s constructive for getting work done within the party
So, there you have it. Labour. Not about working class people and who represents them. Intolerant of dissent. Sounds like a Party dominated by the few at the expense of the many to me.