(THIS ARTICLE IS MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)
documentary The Big Lie made of Christopher Reeves (2020) is a story about the unreal treatment Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn were exposed to – primarily by their own. It's a nightmare-like tale of lies and blackmail to remove a menacing politician. The film has explosives in abundance for those who care about ethics in politics. It is about a leader who brought together – and still brings together – young, old, women and men of all stripes with promises of a new Britain. It's about the lies to crush the man who threatened the powerful and rich. Because the country's elite could not just watch that Corbyn, a 'socialist', mobilized at high speed on his way to becoming Labour's next Prime Minister. Something had to be done.
Yes, what does it really take to become prime minister in Storbritannia, let alone a Labor Prime Minister? That you are the magnet and speaker who doubles the membership of your party to become the largest in Europe? That you have committed yourself wholeheartedly to the country's, indeed the world's, poorest and oppressed for more than 35 years as a member of parliament? That you throw yourself into anti-war, solidarity and anti-racist work at all times of the day? That you can talk to the people and notice when the people love you back? That you are an ardent socialist?
To succeed in British politics
Error. Jeremy Corbyn had all of this, but that became his path. Because what is needed to succeed in British politics, including Labour, is that you come from the right circles. Noble, perhaps? That you support increased allocations for defence, nuclear armament, NATO and have a self-image like a freight train. That you are not a socialist and that you support Israel is obvious! Yes, that you do not criticize Israel's abuse of the Palestinians and not supports the Palestinians' struggle against occupation and oppression.
In the modern media society, it is crucial to have the press at your back. The media moguls, Murdochs and Maxwells appoint governments on an assembly line. And when also 'liberal' The Guardian attacks you, it is impossible. Corbyn experienced that.
The Big Lie collects documentation in buckets and buckets, about how the culture in Labor degenerated. This with testimonies from people who tell of a long life for the party, who are suddenly thrown out because they have come into conflict with factions that steered the party apparatus against Corbyn. Labor under Corbyn's leadership was a "problem" that threatened the privileged – the aristocracy used to leading if ever so incompetent, the arms manufacturers, the Israel lobby and those who would dismantle the costly welfare state. What made the deepest impression was the list of people who have been evicted. And at the top of their list of sins are accusations that they spoke 'anti-Semitic'.
Keir Starmer dreams of becoming the country's new Tony Blair. That is Labour's Margaret Thatcher.
Today's Labor leader, Keir Starmer, threw himself into the fight against his predecessor, with an appetite that only Stalin could display in the erasure of former party veterans. Starmer is 'lord' and is accordingly titled 'sir Keir'. He has ambitions. He has managed the feat of declaring a dozen Jews in the party to be anti-Semites. He has ousted the party's previous leader and ousted a successful London Labor mayor, Ken Livingstone – both for anti-Semitism. Sir Keir dreams of becoming the country's new Tony Blair. That is Labour's Margaret Thatcher. For him the word 'socialist' is a slur, and the upper class are wizards.
Settlement with the privatisations
The Big Lie shows that Britain is divided in two. We've known that for a long time. But the divide is not, as one might think, between Labor and Tory or between Corbyn and Johnson. It goes right through Labour. The gap is precisely between the socialist Corbyn and Sir Keir. Nothing showed this more clearly than an email uncovered by a review Labor carried out after the 2019 election. Staff at mudrs party office celebrated that they had lost the election and warned each other against celebrating too openly.
What did they celebrate? That the country not got a Labor Prime Minister, that they not got a leader who was against the new development of nuclear weapons; zealously working for the Palestinian cause and who would hold Israel accountable for abuses against Palestinians; was in favor of strengthening the health system; to re-nationalise water and railways and to ensure people's right to know when important decisions are made in their name. Corbyn would deal with the disorderly privatizationone after Thatcher's and Blair's dismantling of welfare.
Blackening British press
We are writing the year 2015. For 32 years, Jeremy Corbyn had been a stalwart of the party, a backbench MP for the Islington North district in London. He immediately found himself in the limelight and was elected leader after a landslide election. Young people flocked to Labour, which finally showed a socialist face. But Corbyn quickly became aware that he was opposed, not least by the party's own employees. And all foul techniques were legal in this battle against the leader.
At the forefront of the media battle against Corbyn was the 'liberal' newspaper The Guardian, which has otherwise invested in blackening Assange and WikiLeaks after they had sucked the profit out of their relationship with them for over ten years. The Guardian teamed up with media billionaire Murdoch. The British press stood like a wall against which Corbyn had no chance, it turned out.
In the British media, an impression was created that Corbyn had failed in every way.
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis highlighted one of the simple tricks used against Corbyn: an attempt at personal, financial ruin. A court case that was pushed forward by money-rich forces, which after a while withdrew, so that the case was resolved amicably. But it left Corbyn millions in debt in legal fees. lawfare it's called, and it's effective and deadly.
The class battle was no exception
"He is un-electable", "He cannot win elections", were slogans used by both the Tories and Labour's Corbyn opponents. You didn't need documentation, you just threw crap that you thought would stick around. In the British media, an impression was created that Corbyn had failed in every way. But not just in the UK. Klassekampen (KK) in Norway is no exception, as on 21.12.2022 December XNUMX 'locomotive driver and SV member' Magnus J. Delsett with several, also full-page, slanders in the best (worst) Tory style about "Why Corbyn went on the nose". A Corbyn with a knitted hat on snow sets the tone as an illustration. The article addresses a "radical left-wing party with broad ambitions" and could thus have been written by Ole Brumm.
Yes, let's take a closer look at this lesson through Delsett's prism. Not because the Norwegian debate about Corbyn is particularly significant, but because Delsett hums the tunes of the British right and reveals how easily headless voices – in the UK, as here on the mountain – slip in and oversimplify the level of knowledge and the debate.
Labour's party office is bought and paid for by Israeli interests.
Delsett points out that Corbyn was unable to "convince people that he could steer the boat in port". Delsett has read the book The Politics of Competence (2017) by the political scientists Jane Green and Will Jennings and wrote several KK articles on this, and consequently becomes Klassekampen's election and Corbyn expert, must know. Right must be right. He has read another paper by Green and Jennings as well. And he cuts from the Tory David Camerons quotes. Delsett freely and pompously quotes: "Corbyn's understanding of his role was weak." He also believes that Corbyn failed as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, and that is what he has to say about the ugly use of the weapon of anti-Semitism against Corbyn – which has eventually been revealed to everyone who bothered to look into it. Labour's party office, which is bought and paid for by Israeli interests – Al Jazeera has covered this extensively in the readily available The Lobby.
Labor used many resources to undermine its own leader, the party's program and not least the Palestine policy that had been adopted at Labour's national conference.
However, Delsett becomes involuntarily funny when he wants to learn from former Conservative Prime Minister Cameron, of all things, about "values and leadership" where Cameron quips: "Put on your tie, put on a proper suit and sing the national anthem." Delsett continues that this Cameron comment "was not primarily about fashion, but about Corbyn's inability to stand behind important values for parts of Labour's voters. Corbyn did not want to sing the national anthem. He turned up to a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of fallen soldiers from the First World War in a wrinkled raincoat". And you can't act like that if you want to be a radical left with broad ambitions, obviously.
Yes, Delsett thinks Labour's leaders should listen more to Cameron, more ties, correct raincoats and royal anthems. On 20 September 2018, in the run-up to the election, The Mirror newspaper could cheerfully report that Jeremy's wife Laura Alvarez was openly proud that the man's attire had triggered Cameron's anger.
The fact that the British do not have an official national anthem has clearly passed Delsett hus by, but so be it. Delsett can safely count on the fact that he has many in the Tory party and among the well-wishers on Labour's right flank with him that a tie, the correct raincoat and the royal anthem are important. It is unlikely to be a socialist fan affair.
The reports about Labour's alleged antisemitism
The Big Lie fully shows how perverted British politics developed. It was the Labor right who brought Corbyn down, who went behind his back, and who used the anti-Semitism weapon well-oiled with Israel- lobbying money. In the film, one of the giants of British cinema pulls, Ken Loach, up the broad lines of the struggle for socialism in Britain as they played out in the fight against Corbyn.
Labor used many resources to undermine its own leader and not least the Palestine policy that had been adopted at Labour's national conference.
Time and again, the power elite in Labor's offices tried to smear Corbyn as anti-Semitic by intimidating his supporters with constant investigations and by shoving those who had supported him out. All the while under the guise of eradicating anti-Semitism in the party. And it was the 'dirt' that was finally left hanging on the wall.
With the Chakrabarti report, the Equality and Human Rights' inquiry and the Forde report, Labor ends up in what the Israel lobby and reactionary forces in the party hoped would provide ammunition against Corbyn and prevent his eventual election victory and prime ministership. But the reports backfired. Starmer's method then became stop direct dissemination of the reports, but extracting opportune parts which could then be disseminated via a Corbyn-hunting press. This is how they managed to establish the 'big lie' that Labor under the leadership of Corbyn had failed British Jews.
"A small, bitter and angry group"
The Big Lie will be remembered for its extensive documentation of this era in the frighteningly recent past. Sir Keir is headed for 10 Downing Street after the Tories have messed it up in the wake of the May, Johnson and Truss disasters, and they will shape the Britain of the future. Mostly because Starmer has all the 'right' people and 'values', titles, rich ties and raincoats on his side. With Starmer, more weapons will go to Ukraine and the British army, more Trident cruise missiles will be deployed, and more support will secure Israel against the 'Palestinian danger'.
As long as Corbyn (for the time being) is out of the picture, the way is open for a new Blair/Thatcher era in British politics. But the dirty road to the top of power will always stick with Sir Keir.
In a summary on Novara Media's website, it is claimed that the fight against Corbyn – 'the big lie' – is about something bigger than him: "Starmer tried to smear socialism itself when he suggested that there was a connection between anti-Semitism and left-wing politics."
The third comprehensive review of Corbyn's alleged anti-Semitism in a short space of time, The Forde Report, which Starmer himself had ordered, did not deliver at all as he had hoped. Al Jazeera's commentator sums it up like this: “No amount of media spin can hide the Forde report's knockout: Labour's own HQ was a small, bitter and angry group, determined to destroy Corbyn. And a collective press corps failed to reveal it.” Locomotive driver and SV member Delsett and the Tory David Cameron obviously do not care about this part of the narrative where they believe that Corbyn "went on the nose".
Starmer, who only two years earlier had taken his oath loyalty to Corbyn, did not go out of his way to even throw his former party leader out of the party – and in 2023, in addition, he refuses him to stand for election in the district he has represented for almost 40 years. Corbyn was not just to be liquidated. He was to be buried. Here surely no Lazarus would come from the dead and threaten Sir Keir. 200 furious members followed Corbyn out of Labour. They had had enough of 'The Big Lie'. But many of them are working today so that Lazarus does not remain a myth in an old book.
About Jeremy Corbyn:
“Yes, what does it really take to become Prime Minister of Great Britain, let alone Labor Prime Minister?
That you are the magnet and the speaker who doubles the membership of your party to become one
largest in Europe?
That you have committed yourself to skin and hair for the country's, indeed the world's, poorest
and oppressed through more than 35 years as a Member of Parliament?”
Corbyn visited Oslo on 4.6 June.