Imagine the reaction of the press establishment if a German, French or Spanish national, who had lived here some time and had dual nationality, joined the Tory Party and cast a vote at a crucial local association meeting, shot a video of the occasion, and was then called out by the Canary, Skwawkbox, or Novara Media as “foreigners infiltrating the Tory Party”. They would be ridiculed as conspiracy theorists.
So perhaps all those overpaid and underworked pundits who like to call “conspiracy theory” on New Left Media outlets would like to square that one with today’s front page from the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph. Here, readers are told “Iranian régime ‘has infiltrated Labour’”. A dastardly foreign power has wormed its way into that mass movement of dem SAYSHLISTS! High TIRRIBLE! Whatever next?
But as with so much that comes out of the Tel nowadays, not only would those cobbling together this, yes, conspiracy theory nonsense not have been let in the door at the Telegraph of old, the story, such as it is, is complete bunk. But let’s take it nice and slowly, starting at the very beginning, as it’s a very good place to start.
The Tel lumps together one insignificant event with another to which Labour should be paying serious attention. Here’s their spiel: “The Iranian régime was last night accused of infiltrating Labour and undermining a pro-Israel MP, who faces being ousted from Parliament”. So it’s only an accusation, and not a fact. Hence the quote marks.
Do go on. “A journalist from Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster which is banned from broadcasting in Britain, joined the constituency party of the head of Labour Friends of Israel some months ago, The Daily Telegraph understands … On Thursday night, the journalist … was entitled to cast a ballot in a successful vote of no confidence in Joan Ryan at her Enfield North constituency party meeting”. There is more.
“[He] was also able to film and broadcast the meeting for Press TV”. Now that is the part that should concern Labour. Any broadcasting of proceedings is supposed to be banned. At the very least, someone failed to monitor that party member.
It does not, though, justify Ms Ryan claiming “I’m horrified that they’ve infiltrated the Labour Party in this way”. “They”? What if it’s a local resident who’s lived in Britain for years and has dual nationality? Does that mean “they” have infiltrated the Labour Party because he joined it? Ms Ryan’s claim that “the Iranian broadcaster specifically targeted her because of her support for Israel” is not stood up by the available evidence.
How do we know the bloke from Press TV is part of “the Iranian régime”? Are we supposed to believe he joined Enfield North CLP on the off-chance that there might be a no confidence vote in Joan Ryan somewhere down the line? And why does the Tel manage to miss that, even if he hadn’t been there - one assumes he cast a vote for the no confidence motion - that motion would still have passed?
The press establishment can’t have it both ways: if it’s a conspiracy theory when New Left Media run it, it’s a conspiracy theory when the Telegraph runs it. That is all.
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Too hilarious for words. I gave it two weeks before the far right came up with more propaganda bullshit.
But they outdid themselves this time. In a few DAYS we got this Iranian garbage, Brown, Blair, and now today that awful creep Umunna calling party members "dogs".
It still hasn't occurred to them that the old corrupt propaganda methods simply don't work anymore. They're stranded knee deep in a disgusting swamp of their own making. If not ignored, they're just laughed at.
Much more of this nonsense and we'll be able to write a comedy script of it.
Meantime, party membership grows as a response to the muck thrown at the leadership, all while the muck-throwers are held in deep contempt. In the end the muck-throwers only smear themselves.
Umunna is such a cretin. 'Call of the dogs' indeed. How hypocritical of them to say the party should unite to fight this disastrous government now when they've spent the past two years refusing to call of their many ill-fated coups against Corbyn. McDonnell is spot on in his criticism and the sooner the selection process is returned to the party the better
Note to Daily Telegraph hacks: -
I have just visited the Labour Party online.
One of the conditions of Party membership is being on the electoral register at the address they provide for correspondence and issuing of a provisional membership card.
If someone is not on the electoral register (i.e. not entitled to vote in UK elections), they cannot join the Labour Party.
Ironic given that Helllograph are open propagandists for the Chinese Communist Party!
Odd that the Torygraph is owned by two tax dodging brothers the Barclay Brothers who live in the Channel Islands and unable to vote in UK Elections but able to influence UK elections, odd that the Torygraph neglects to mention that or that its hero Bozza was born in the Big Apple..
Sounds like racism. Imagine what these people and media would be saying if same was said about an Israeli journalist.
By the way the guy on Twitter who I assume this article refers to says he is not and never had been a Labour member and was not at the meeting.
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