The long-awaited third coup against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party is now well underway. It began with accusations that Labour leader was “weak” on Russia because he was mad enough to ask for evidence linking Russia to the ‘novichok’ poisoning before banging the drum of war.
When this failed, they dredged up a 6-year-old Facebook comment which, they suggest, proves that Corbyn is an anti-Semite. This “news” – in reality, a conveniently timed smear ahead of May’s local elections – led to a farcical demonstration outside Parliament, with the Blairites, who continue to dominate the Parliamentary Labour Party and Labour Councils, joining arms with Tories and the reactionary DUP in an anti-Semitism protest.
It is not often that we see Labour right-wingers attending demonstrations. More often they can be found crossing picket lines or condemning strikers. But earlier last week, John Mann, Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall, David Lammy and others stood proudly alongside known racists and homophobes such as Norman Tebbit and Ian Paisley Jr. in a united front against Corbyn.