Archive for October, 2016


A couple of weeks ago, the SKWAWKBOX covered the shameful, anti-democratic attempt by the right-wing, Progress/Labour First faction to rig Labour’s National Executive Council (NEC) against leader Jeremy Corbyn by crowbarring additional, unelected members onto the Council to cancel out Corbyn’s democratically-achieved majority on Labour’s principal steering body. This move amounted to a second, silent coup.

The attempt was temporarily successful, primarily because the Conference Chair ignored party rules to prevent a proper ballot on how the rule-change would be voted on. The SKWAWKBOX article closed by highlighting the step that Corbyn needed to take to undo the coup attempt:

If the measure passes a Conference vote, Jeremy Corbyn must take any actions necessary to negate it, whether that be shuffling people like Jon Ashworth, who has voted against Corbyn in every NEC vote, out so that they are removed from the equation and replaced by a better MP, or…

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The mass, opportunist resignation of right-wing Labour MPs (and those weak enough to be influenced by them) and the eventual leadership challenge that ensued will be well known to most readers, as will the fact that Corbyn was re-elected with an increased mandate – in spite of extensive gerrymandering via a huge purge of Corbyn supporters by the Labour ‘machine’ he inherited and has had to work with.

What may be less well-known to some is that only the day after his victory, his recidivist opponents in the PLP, the party structure and deposed members of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) launched a ‘silent coup‘, by ignoring party rules and Conference procedures to force through the appointment of two additional anti-Corbyn representatives to the NEC. The aim was to nullify Corbyn’s democratically-achieved majority on the NEC that took office after the conference closed – 6 new…

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