LRT. Not a no brainer, by any means. But the only way to stop this utterly corrupt behaviour by the self righteous anti-democratic corrupt bigots who have lied their way back in charge of the Labour party is to make it very difficult, hopefully, impossible for them to win.
The democratic process Labour's reactionaries can't game, that they can't control is at the public ballot box. It is here where they will have to be fought. Because if not, they win. And they will say that because they win their actions are right. That should be allowed to happen
These people know this. They've done this. They tried to throw two general elections. They spent 5 years trying to deliver defeat. It is the language they understand. This is their strategy. It needs to be used against them. It needs to be used to get them out.
Stand independent candidates. Vote for independent candidates. Abstain. Spoil. Do not campaign. If this is not done, if loyalty, even grudgingly, is given to this set of dirty reactionaries it will be used to justify everything. Not just witchhunts but the re-writing of history.

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If you need any more evidence that the leader of the *Labour* party is a Management Man and nothing more, his response to staff concerns about the ongoing health and safety crisis is "long term plan", "give credit", "attainment gap" (target obsessiveness).

His words betray you.
It's just textbook CEO from Starmer. "I hear what you're saying, however". Never mind the health issues, safety issues, well being issues. Never mind the people. Never mind the damaged and the dead. What you people, need is a plan, a bit of praise and some targets to motivate you
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My settled position on this is that they don't consider the social crises we face, the economic crises we face or the environmental crises we face as anywhere near as important as the presentational crisis they obsess about. Image
Everything goes through a filtration system that leads to "how does this make the Labour party look?". Facing up to problems, thinking ahead, looking outside the short term concerns of "how do we look" and "what will we hear on the doorstep" just falls away. Everything is PR.
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And what is it with the "I know" thing? Why the Jessphillipsisation? Almost makes me think that the main purpose here is not to talk about business (or hey, we could say 'organisation', because not everything has to make a profit to be socially useful) but pushing the great I am.
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