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The Forde report and the lessons of the Corbyn movement

The long-delayed Forde report was finally released earlier this week. Commissioned by the Labour Party as an independent inquiry into the findings of the 2020 leaked report (aka ‘LabourLeaks’), Forde confirms what many on the left have known all along.
 
by Socialist Appeal 

Part 4 - Smears and slanders
 
In truth, the response to the right wing’s shenanigans should have come years ago. The original leaked report came out as the Corbyn leadership was leaving the building – but this was too little, too late.

Even when they were in the driving seat, however, the left leaders failed to advance the struggle against the right in the party in any meaningful way. Indeed, they even hindered efforts by rank-and-file activists to do so.

Attempts by grassroots members to introduce mandatory reselection, for example, were thwarted by the leader’s office. At the same time, the left leaders pursued a policy of appeasement and conciliation, hoping to placate and pacify the right wing. In doing so, the left sadly sealed their fate.

From the then-shadow chancellor John McDonnell, to former Momentum leader Jon Lansman, to prominent journalists such as Owen Jones: all of these lefts went along with the establishment’s smear campaign – accepting the baseless allegations that Labour was institutionally antisemitic – and calling for unity and compromise with the party’s right wing.

Indeed, even after Starmer had taken over, with a McCarthyite witchhunt in full swing, and Corbyn booted from the PLP, McDonnell and co. still urged Corbyn and the left to “keep on apologising” for antisemitism.

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