Soley speaks out on the Corbynista Hammersmith connection

soleyLord Soley, the former Labour MP for Hammersmith, has spoken out over his Party being taken over by the backers of foreign dictatorships.

The Times this morning reports:

“A Labour peer has described the adviser Seumas Milne as a friend of tyrants, writes Dominic Kennedy

A Labour grandee has launched an attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s closest adviser, claiming that Seumas Milne is a Marxist sympathiser who has long been an opponent of democracies.

Lord Soley, who has known the party’s director of strategy and communications since the 1980s, accused him of being soft on authoritarian regimes.

Mr Milne’s support for Vladimir Putin has become a liability for Labour since a High Court judge on Thursday found that the Russian president “probably approved” the assassination of the former spy Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive poison in a London hotel.

Lord Soley warned Mr Corbyn that he had surrounded himself with advisers, including Ken Livingstone and John McDonnell, who had been favourable to hardline regimes. He claimed that the Labour leader was too reliant on a narrow group of old associates in the capital, which would damage the party’s image in the wider country.

Mr Milne chaired the constituency Labour party in Hammersmith, west London, when Lord Soley, then Clive Soley, was the local MP. The peer said: “Talking to him, and especially when he gave me a copy of his book about capitalism being a sort of card game, I knew very early that he was, if not a Marxist, then some variety thereof.

“He was always overly sympathetic to authoritarian regimes and under sympathetic to countries that enjoyed democracy and the rule of law. He would be very critical of Britain or the United States but not very critical of Russia or Iran, countries or regimes I would keep my distance from unless I was trying to change them. I find it odd that there is this group around Jeremy of him, Ken Livingstone and John McDonnell. They are all people who have identified themselves with quite hard regimes.

“I recognise that Jeremy won a wide vote within the party but the party is not the country. The problem is that Jeremy hasn’t got that many friends who are mainstream Labour and also he has got very few outside London so it looks terrible, especially the promotion of the defence lady. It looks like London luvvies and this does us no good anywhere outside London.”

Schneider speaks to H&F Momentum

momentumbannerLast month I reported on Marxist infiltration of the Labour Party in Hammersmith and Fulham via the group Momentum.

They are holding a gathering tomorrow evening at Askew Road Methodist Church (of all places). On the agenda:

“Establishing the purpose and direction of Hammersmith and Fulham momentum.”

No prizes for guessing that deselections of (relatively) moderate Labour councillors will be on the work agenda.

I worry that the 16 of them that endorsed Tessa Jowell to be Labour’s candidate for Mayor will be labelled Blairites and thus targeted.

I happen to think the Blairite label is unfair (or overly generous depending on your point of view). Cllr Sue Macmillan tried to scupper the Fulham Boys School from opening. Tony Blair – and true Blairites such as Lord Adonis – support free schools. Also surely Cllr Stephen Cowan’s bizarre choice of Michael Mansfield QC to review the NHS in West London will help pacify his Corbynista tormentors? Cllr Lisa Homan can plead for mercy by pointing to her opposition to the right to buy. A true Blairite would avoid attacking aspiration.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be addressed by James Schneider, the national leader of Momentum who is a Hammersmith resident. He voted for the Green Party at the General Election last May. So the Labour councillors will have to justify their reselection amidst pressure from someone who didn’t even vote Labour just eight months ago.

Schneider was a pupil at Winchester College, Corbyn’s spin doctor Seamus Milne also went there. John Betjeman regarded Old Wykehamists as a rather dubious bunch but they can hardly be blamed for where their parents sent them to school. However it does make it rather absurd for Momentum to keep attacking David Cameron and Boris Johnson for having been to Eton. The Corbynistas rhetoric of class hatred is not just unpleasant but hypocritical.