All political parties enter the conference season with trepidation. Those riding high in the polls are desperate to
ensure they don’t do or say anything silly, and those at a low ebb eye the opportunity to rally the troops.
And so the Labour Party headed to Brighton – well to be honest – Momentum headed to Brighton, determined to control proceedings in that classic Marxist/Trotskyist fashion. Resolved to crush or hush anyone in the party that was guilty of wrong-think! And my word have they done just that!
Moderate Labour MPs – many of them household names – were banned from the conference floor. Only approved delegates (Momentum speak for those who have been vetted by the hard left faction) were allowed to speak.
Momentum thugs patrolled the floors and fringe corridors with overt malice. Intimidation prevailed everywhere creating an atmosphere I have never before witnessed outside the soviet bloc! The media were pushed around and treated like Trump supporters at an Antifa coffee morning! It was truly horrible and I never want to be in that position again.
Even journalists who have been loyal to the Labour cause over the years were ripe for intimidation, but the biggest shock was when the BBCs Laura Kuenssberg appeared with a hired bodyguard of some considerable height. Corbyn’s storm troopers denied all accusations of intimidation and blamed the BBC for smearing the cult that is Corbyn-mania!
This article has been limited to a few hundred words so it not possible to list all that was so very, very wrong here in Brighton. Labour’s Jewish groups were made to feel afraid for their safety, moderate female MPs were in a state of shock at the levels of misogyny openly displayed by their own male colleagues. The most important subject of our time “Brexit” was reduced to a “behind the scenes” platitudinous masquerade without minutes or press briefing.
At breakfast this morning, I sat with a well-connected Tory journalist – he was the happiest I’d ever seen him. “What are you so cheerful about?” I asked, and with an unconcealed smugness he replied, “I’ve counted half a dozen moderates who have converted to the cult, the scribblers for the Tory conference next week in Manchester are going to make sure the foul-stinking mud of this week sticks to every Labour moderate from A to f**king Z!”