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Jess Phillips Emerges as Establishment Pick to Replace Corbyn


Kit Knightly

Interesting trends last weekend show that Jess Phillips MP is now the establishment pick to replace Corbyn as leader of the Labour party.

Firstly, this interview appeared in The Times (registry required) on March 9th: “Jess Phillips: ‘I think I’d be a good prime minister’”. It’s a pretty glowing write-up, considering it appeared in The Times, which is essentially the Daily Mail with an Oxford scholarship.

In the interview, Phillips does virtually nothing but criticise her own party. There are passing words about the Tories, but the vast majority of her ire is aimed squarely at the left. She says Momentum is full of people who never have to worry about money, that Marxists are all misogynists and that Corbyn thinks he’s “perfect” because he won’t admit he’s a sexist antisemite.

In short, she props up an endless line of easy targets and knocks them down with an efficient vulgarity. Insulting Corbyn, Chris Williamson, and the entirety of Liverpool Wavertree CLP in the process.

She, of course, has nothing but glowing things to say about The Independent Group and Tom Watson. Declaring her love for Luciana Berger, and how she cried when he heard about the “terrible abuse” she had suffered and the “bullying” of Berger’s CLP when they held a vote of no confidence in her.

The interview is laced all through with everything wrong with modern politics – an obsession with gender issues and identity politics, along with a disdain for ideology. All in all, it’s just more of the same.

But this was just the beginning.

Once the interview was published the “liberals” came out in force to promote the glorified Hello! article as if it was some sort of hard-hitting political manifesto.

Jonathan Freedland, never shy of heaping exultant praise on the mediocre and undeserving, went with this:

Whilst the forgettable Miliband went with:

Even a Tory MP, Nick Boles, was spreading purple prose over the information super-highway:

Could you even imagine a Tory MP saying anything 1/1000th as flattering about Corbyn? Shouldn’t a Labour MP being roundly praised by The Times, Tory MPs and neo-liberal vultures like Miliband be a cause for concern?

It didn’t end there.

Just the previous day Phillips had a column published in the The Guardian, and then on Sunday the 10th this nauseating offering in the Independent, headlined: “Only Jess Phillips can save the Labour Party – Corbyn would be mad to let her go”

It contains some sentiments that will take your breath away by the shear weight of delusion:

In an interview with The Times, the Brummie Dorothy Parker scattergunned the zingers.

It is only March, but this is clearly the front-runner for “Worst paragraph of the year”:

The most instinctively gifted communicator of the age, she might do here what the young Democrat megastar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing in the US. She could electrify centre-left politics. She could be the lightning bolt that revives it from the stasis in which the dismal decade of Blair-Brown feuding left it.

Even if you put much stock in “AOC”, and frankly I don’t, comparing her and Jess Philips is patently absurd. For one thing, Ocasio-Cortez at least spends most of her time attacking the other side. Something which Phillips has failed at miserably.

The sudden push to force Jess Phillips on to the Left as our new “woman of people” did not go down well. Partly because, as with so many media-launches recently, it has the air of fakeness about it, but mostly because people really don’t like being abused.

You’re not going to win working class support by calling all Momentum members champagne socialists.

You’re not going to win Corbyn supporters over by calling them racists. Or sexists.

You’re not going to convince poor people that austerity is OK by claiming their “class politics are old fashioned”.

You’re just going to piss them off.

Predictably, there was some backlash, mainly aimed at the idea that Phillips was some kind of survivor of a gritty life on the never-never, when in reality her mum had a very good upper-middle-class career.

In the face the backlash, the media doubled down – launching articles in defense of the “attacked” Phillips in the I and the Guardian, among others.

Inveterate opportunist Chuka Umunna gleefully saw a chance to get the boot in on “old fashioned” politics, Corbyn and Labour’s “army of keyboard warriors”.

All of these, oddly enough, were written and published within 24 hours of the original interview. It very much had the feeling of the media rallying around “their guy”.

So, that said, maybe we should take a look a the record of the next “people’s champion”:

In 2015 she took part in Harriet Harman’s craven abstention on the welfare bill. This vote enabled austerity to continue, who knows exactly how many have suffered.

In 2015 she backed Yvette Cooper for the leadership. She has since suggested the fact Cooper, Kendall and (later) Eagle all lost is because the left has a “problem with women”.

In 2016 she took part in the PLP attempted “coup”. She was one of the mass-resignations from the Labour front bench in an effort to force Corbyn to resign, and then naturally voted against Corbyn in the no-confidence vote.

She backed Angela Eagle for Labour leader in the shortest, saddest, leadership campaign of all time. When Eagle pulled out Phillips claimed Labour was full of sexists. She then backed Owen Smith (I don’t know if she said he was a sexist or not). In the same interview she said she might well resign if Corbyn won (she didn’t).

She voted in favour of spending £200 BILLION replacing Trident. A machine that has never been used and, if used, would set the world on fire.

She’s a member of the Labour Friends of Israel.

Oh, she also voted against an investigation into the Iraq war. I don’t know why, maybe investigations are sexist too.

That’s her career. Short, and not that distinguished. Just about what you’d expect from a “centrist” back-bench MP of four years standing.

So why is she famous?

Well, mostly because she says inappropriate things. This is tolerated by the media, of course, though they would never do the same for Corbyn or his allies (remember the fuss over that “stupid woman” nonsense). She is portrayed as the “ordinary MP who tells it like it is”,when really she’s just crass and insulting:

She infamously went off on one about “knifing [Corbyn] in the front” and later claimed to have told Dianne Abbott to “fuck off”, which was apparently very brave (although Abbott insists it never even happened).

Lying about being rude to make yourself look cool is, I suppose, a bit better than actually being rude.

Her first real “claim to fame” was receiving “600 rape threats” on twitter. Though there’s no (publicly available) evidence this ever actually happened. This claim has been used, by both Phillips and other MPs and journalists, to call for a “crackdown” on social media, and totally destroy online anonymity.

That’s literally all she’s known for. That’s her career. And yet suddenly she’s Labour’s leader in waiting?

How did that happen?

Well, partly through a process of elimination. Five prominent Labour MPs have already lost leadership elections to Corbyn. They’re out. Eight much-less prominent Labour MPs just resigned the whip to form their absurd business (it’s not a political party). They’re definitely out. Tom Watson is a slimy careerist who won’t risk his position to make a run for leadership (yet). Options are thin on the ground.

Enter Jess Phillips.

She backs Trident and Austerity and Israel. She hates Corbyn and Williamson and Leftists in general. She doesn’t believe in class politics or ideology, but she does talk about gender all the time, and says “fuck” a lot, in a midlands accent no less, so she’s definitely hip and cool and down with the kids.

The Times Magazine is clearly at the head of this push – having previously done a glossy interview with Luciana Berger (just last week), where she accused Labour – again – of being institutionally antisemitic. (Phillips mentioned in her interview that Berger’s interview made her cry). They then had an interview with Stephen Kinnock and his wife on Sunday 10th, just a day after Phillips’ was published.

It seems The Times is willing to give column inches to just about any “Labour” MP willing to insult and undermine their leader, and is determined to try and tell the public which politicians are the “trendy” ones. To bring back that “cool Britannia” New Labour image. To force us to like them by clamouring about how progressive and normal and popular they are.

They’re not popular, of course. But they are firmly in the middle of the road. Sitting on a fence. Eating white bread. They are centrists to the bone and they’re running out of cards to play. That Phillips is their best hope betrays that desperation.


Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Not You
Not You

Christ you lot are so full shit.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar

Jess Phillips is unfit to be Prime Minister as she is incapable of treating men with respect. 95%+ of men are far more decent than she will ever be, groomed as has been with Deep State psychopaths and corrupt politicians.

As she is so superior, I will lay down five policies for which should face the death sentence without trial:

1. Men are inferior to women.
2. Going to war in Syria, Iran or Yemen to appease genocidal US nazis and Zionazis in Israel.
3. Supporting Israel’s theft of the Golan Heights on behalf of her new sponsor Rupert Murdoch’s Genie Energy investment.
4. Reversing the greatest democratic mandate ever given, namely leaving the EU. Ms Phillips has never procured 17.4 million votes, nor will she ever in a General Election….
5. Refusing to abide by International Court Verdicts, notably regarding Diego Garcia, to protect the torture operations her future US masters have being carrying out there.

I am wholly in favour of the death sentence for Jess Ohillips if she appeases US global torture, generalised lawlessness and global instigation of coups yet makes out she is some kind of female saint.

Once you get into bed with torturers Ms Phillips, you are a torturess yourself. A man would have every right to slap you very hard, every day, for the rest of your days once you had become a torturess.

Why?

Because you think the Geneva Convention can be ignored whenever you feel like it.

So we can all ignore all YOUR human rights whenever we feel like it.

Still think you would make a good Prime Minister, you misandrist feminine biatch?

Aspnaz
Aspnaz

“She’s a member of the Labour Friends of Israel.”

Explains everything.

Rob
Rob

She doesn’t represent the ideas that have given the labour party the surge in popularity it has enjoyed since Corbin took leadership.
She’s just another blairite trying her luck.

davemass
davemass

If she or anyone else from the slimy ‘centre’ does do for Corbyn, I can cancel my membership and save 60 quid a year! And 300,000-odd will do the same.
Which, of course is what the elite need and want, to bring Labour back under their control…

Sean Sprague
Sean Sprague

I’d be one of the 300,000, be sure of that!

terryindorset
terryindorset

with a depleted membership what good is a blairite labour party ? as useful as a chocolate tea pot.

Wilmers31
Wilmers31

That’s why Rupert Murdoch owns the Times, and later bought the Wall Street Journal because these papers are influencers – as long as we allow them influence us.

” The interview is laced all through with everything wrong …..” exactly what you expect from a Murdoch paper (or TV program)..

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

Wilmers – howdy!
One good remark of Tone’s was that the government is (actually) there to “represent us” – and not to “manage” us. Or was that remark aimed at the globalists?
Lemme know.
HT.

Redveg
Redveg

Jess Phillips thinks she would make a good Prime Minister.

I think she is about as inspiring as a cup of cold sick.

But let’s not be too despondent. Even that is a considerable advance on the stinking political corpse which has taken siege of 10 Downing Street and is refusing to vacate,

Personally I’m still rooting for Jezza, Warts an’ all, he’s still better than any Tory or Blairite you can mention by a country mile!

Pincus
Pincus

Phillips is The Chosen. She likes to The Cabal.

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

I like the cabal too…they give lovely dinners!

Linda Vaux
Linda Vaux

The establishment can ‘pick’ whoever the hell they like. Fortunately they have no say whatever in the choice of Leader of the Labour Party, and the majority of those who do, ie; Labour members, will make sure gobby Phillips has zero chance of being chosen. Ever.

Wilmers31
Wilmers31

Goodbye, Britain my love. I discovered you in 1961 when I was a teenager and spent my summer holidays there. I briefly considered staying because they built a Wall in my hometown and tanks confronted each other at Checkpoint Charlie. But of course that could not be done. I thought it was great when Britain entered the EU, lovely, let’s dance together. We worked in Britain later and I would not be in Australia without our London agent.

It is just such a pity what I read from Britain now, my sense for order and justice is violated. Austerity, children without shoes or food, aircraft carrier and F-35s. What kind of priorities does Westminster have?

Elsewhere I read “Three years after the UK voted to leave the EU – two weeks before the official Brexit day – Parliament appears to be in meltdown with no unifying solution in sight.”

Is that incompetence or simply exaggerated individualism that is blind to the damage it causes? Goodbye, Britain, my love.

Tish Farrell

Indeed, your words remind me. What on earth happened to Philip Alston’s, (UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights), damning critique of the state of the UK? Wonder what Ms Phillips has planned to fix things: https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/poverty/pages/srextremepovertyindex.aspx

Jon G
Jon G

Well, it’s very easy for people to compliment Jess on all her many qualities. So now she has decided that she is leadership material. Who’d have thought it? Not Jess when she was interviewed by Zoe Williams in the Guardian in early February: “Wondering if this is a long-range leadership bid, I ask who she fancies as the next leader. She is resolute, and believably so, that she doesn’t want the job; it looks too hard on the soul. And the candidacy is solidifying around Angela Rayner or Emily Thornberry – between the two, she would pick Rayner: “She let me sleep on her floor for the first three weeks I was in parliament, and that has to count for something.””

Unlike Jonathan Freedland and David Miliband, I can’t see Jess as a charismatic, principled future leader. Just an embittered maverick who keeps telling the Party that she is answerable to nobody and is capable of running amok at any time of her choosing. Maybe like Tony Benn she immatures with age.

Perhaps if Angela Rayner let Jess sleep on her floor again, Jess would take her hat back out of the ring.

Eileen
Eileen

You lost it for me with your derogatory comment about Tony Benn

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

I’m with ya there, Eileen, Tony Benn is a cut (or a million) above that other Tone (der ‘Tuner’)! “The govt. is (should be) there to represent us – not to “manage us” (as does the Globalist)!

Jon G
Jon G

Tony Benn spoke a lot of good sense, and also a lot of naive nonsense. He loyally supported everything his son Hilary Benn has said, even when it has been contrary to his own views. He even respected Enoch Powell. And Tony Benn was always the most ardent Leave supporter. He hated the EU. He had a naive belief in the virtues of our Parliament. Sorry, but Tony is not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy. Let’s not contribute to the myth that Tony Benn was a true socialist and visionary. In many ways he was similar to Jess. Narcissistic.

Ted Edwards
Ted Edwards

I know what your saying Eileen but I am sorry to say it but I also see the point Jon G is making.
I am someone who voted for him in the leadership election and got some stick from many for having done so. But that said for all of his rhetoric when in power he was no way as far left as he was later in life out of power. Imo when your wealthy as he was as much as you want to you really do not have an understanding of the struggle that ordinary working people have in living and bringing up children. However he stood far higher than many of his parliamentarian colleagues at the time or since.

Some Random Passer-by
Some Random Passer-by

I watched a documentary (think it was linked here on a different article) from the sixties, when the shipping yards were being closed. Just one line from Benn (IMO) destroyed his credibility.

“Some of you will have jobs, some of you won’t”

Someone got very rich from closing those yards, many families suffered.

There is also the issue of Benn making much noise about him being from a family line of politicians and showing off the portraits in the HoC.

Seems we’re never going to get someone who really has teeth andand empathises with the average poor Brit.

Eric Blair

The establishment is in full naked emperor mode. Their motives, and tactics, are clumsily transparent (bashing Corbyn, obligatory appeal to identity politics, denouncing the left, having a cry over a non-issue…all the boxes ticked and wrapping up with the odious Freedland adding his seal of approval). It’s all so obvious to anyone who has paying attention.

tom197482

Yuk, did Boles really say that? No wonder his constituency association had had enough of him.
The political and media establishment hate the idea of man of principle like Corbyn as PM as he would end their corrupt practices and work for the British people – rather than constantly antagonising, dividing and impoverishing them, as Theresa May’s godawful regime does.

mark
mark

Boles, the Tory boyfriend of Phillips, who finds her “irresistible” and “would walk over hot coals” for her, has just resigned from the Tory Party to avoid getting deselected over Brexit.

We can only hope he takes the irresistible Jess with him to join the irresistible Luciana and the rest of the gang.

I hope they’ll be very happy together.

Shardlake
Shardlake

I’ve just taken a (very scant, admittedly) look at the Labour Friends of Israel website and briefly it sets out what it seeks to promote as an organisation : to strive for peace, calling for the renunciation of violence, supporting constructive discussion and a long list of other admirable aims and aspirations; all of which experience has shown to be nothing more than pretence of sincerity.

It confirms to foster close links between progressive Israelis and Palestinians and to enjoy strong bonds of friendship to ensure a two-state solution to resolve the issues between them. All this while target shooting unarmed protestors with sniper rifles using lethal ammunition.

To question this would almost certainly render the objector to the charge of being antisemitic and I wonder if on this basis a LFI member did raise it, that s/he would be committing an act of apostasy and subject to suspension from the Labour Party.

Jess Phillips is nothing more than a career politician with her eye to the main chance and I suspect cares more about those who will lend her support from whatever quarter to advance her personal ambitions than for her constituents. Hence no point in being in the Friends of Israel club and pally with the Berger woman et al, if it isn’t going to produce some personal benefit.

I say this to Ms Phillips : If Cooper, Kendal, Eagle, Burnham and Smith all had a go at contesting the leadership with Mr Corbyn without success, then maybe you’ll be sixth time lucky. With what I’ve read above you seem to have a great deal of backing from your club friends and right wing press; you can’t lose, can you ?

stevehayes13
stevehayes13

You left out of her excellent CV the fact that on television she bravely threatened to leave her children on Theresa May’s doorstep.

David Hawkins
David Hawkins

During the Blair years membership of Labour Friends of Israel was almost a requirement for ministerial office.
Labour members who will elect the next Labour Party Leader should ask themselves this simple question “is Labour opposed to Racism ?” The answer aught to be an unequivocal ” YES” ! So why are 90 Labour MPs members of the openly racist LFI ?
We the ordinary members of the Labour Party should reverse the Blair years. Nobody who is a member of LFI should be eligible to be Labour Party leader or a Labour MP. Labour is a Broad Church but that Broad Church should not extend to defending Ethnic Cleansing or blaming the victims of racially motivated murder.

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

Dave, ole chum: woss der LFI – owt ter do wiv Boris Johnson?
And d’ya reckons Shakespeare were anti-semitic?

Musulman
Musulman

Down with Labour friends of israelDown with Jess philips!

Maggie
Maggie

Absolutely spot on David.

”Nobody who is a member of LFI should be eligible to be Labour Party leader or a Labour MP.
Labour is a Broad Church but that Broad Church should not extend to defending Ethnic Cleansing or blaming the victims of racially motivated murder.”
They are accomplices, and should be tried as such.

The Trojan Horse – Jewish Lobby and it’s motives have been exposed and they should all be encouraged to vacate this country immediately. Israhell would welcome them with open arms. (it was easily managed with the Windrush generation?) We should not wait until we have an American situation where there are more dual citizens sitting in government working for Israhell, than people who have the host country’s interests totally at heart.
”The Jewish Lobby”

Hmm
Hmm

She’s perfect for the establishment – dim and therefore easy to control. The mainstream media detest anyone with intelligence or principles. As a graduate cadet on an Australian newspaper in the 1980s, i was sneered at by colleagues who claimed the best university was ‘the university of life’. I was by no stretch an intellectual giant, but many of my colleagues were defensive and hostile. Gough Whitlam, a giant intellect, scared the bejesus out of the Australian elites and the media attacked him relentlessly (some having initially backed him thinking he’d fall into line). But seriously, who cares what the media report? I always get a laugh when I see the po-faced seriousness of the TV news discussing what the papers say. Journalists talking about what other journalists have written. Like journalists interviewing other journalists on TV. They don’t take a Hippocratic oath you know. They aren’t obliged to tell the truth or ‘speak truth to power’ (that’s a particular favourite of mine). Consign the lot of them to the dustbin of history.

Roger Morgan
Roger Morgan

“She’s perfect for the establishment – dim”
Oh no, she isn’t dim. There are a lot of bright MPs and it takes intelligence to become a front-runner for the top job. She’s in politics for what can be got out of it for Jess Phillips. If she became PM she wouldn’t achieve anything for the people whom the Labour Party represents, but that’s because her goals are different, not because she’s dim.
I wonder what her views on progressive taxation are. I suspect they’re noticeably to the right of Ted Heath’s. Those of you who were around in 1974 may remember that the top marginal rate of income tax on investment income, under a succession of Tory PMs including Heath, was over 90%. I doubt Phillips would want to upset the fat cats by proposing a top marginal income tax rate over 50%.

Carmel Townsend
Carmel Townsend

Hmm You are so right in all you say. I’m a journalist too – albeit regional, now retired – but watching overpaid corporate journalists pontificating with one another is nauseating. They don’t like intellectual discussions or reasoning; their eyes glaze over. they don’t do the research, or have collective memories about issues of the day. It has been like this for so long now.
I find it a great shock that any member of the public still says: “Did you hear what Andrew Neil/Andrew Marr/ Emily Maitlis said about …?
I’m not interested in their Establishment views- I want proper analysis of the news in order to make up my own mind about current events and issues. so I generally switch off. When you know how the game is played, it gets tedious and is doing the public a disservice.

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

Dear Mr. Townsend, you’n’your sort (mine too, I might add) has been eclipsed by globalisation and the seductive effect of hard cash on the human psyche……consider: Jesus threw them out of the temple, because he KNEW usury was the embodiment of evil; a means of subjugating the “Third Person” (singular). Edward l (in 1290) may not have been able to fully put his finger on his distaste for the Jew, but I suspect he at least realised that their cornering/command of the “money market” usurped his authority – which was, at that time: In gratia Dei.
Regards from Frankfurt.

Some Random Passer-by
Some Random Passer-by

@ Mr/Mrs Taylor

All becomes clear when you read this…

https://goyimgazette.com/truth-talmud/

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

Pretty gruesome, racist and anti-Christ stuff that…..not my cup of tea – thass fer sure.

Some Random Passer-by
Some Random Passer-by

It’s not my cup of tea either, but when accusations fly around, you either stay ignorant or you investigate. It’s not my book, and its all researched…

I’m confused how you can be racist toward a religion though. Prejudiced however…

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

Juss ask any poor Jew, John! They’ll sing yas a songue abartit!

Antipropo
Antipropo

Nice if somewhat obscure refutation of the Jews as a people lie. Clearly Jews are people but as I or anyone can convert to Judaism and become a Jew that means they cannot be of a single racial or ethnic origin. I have posted elsewhere a number of times what should be self explanatory; I can’t convert to Samoanism and call myself a Samoan, convert to Eskimoism and become an Eskimo.

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor

You could postulate on the reasons for Eddie der First of England bannin’ der Jews from the island in 1290….thought occurred to me that he could have, alternatively, decided to join the club and become one hisself; bur he didn’t – and why not? Any suggestions as to why not?

mark
mark

I think Rachel Madcow is on $30 million a year now. That’s probably chicken feed to Anderson “Vanderbilt” Cooper. And so it goes on. You won’t find a journalist of any integrity in the MSM.
Local reporters, the sort who go out and bite dogs, like Sid Scurvy, Ace Reporter for the Twitterton Bugle, usually aren’t too bad.

paul metcalf
paul metcalf

Though a lapsed catholic i am thinking of rejoining the church and having a mass said for her husband.

Michael McNulty
Michael McNulty

Putting forward the unpleasant Jess Phillips exposes the establishment lie that Jeremy is unelectable. Quite obviously he is, otherwise they’d say nothing and watch him lead himself into electoral oblivion.

Even if the establishment does manage to rob us of a Corbyn-led government it still has two problems. Jeremy has shown what can be done with the political will, and that will won’t disappear just because he does. He has shown that a different politics is possible and millions know it, and having led the way another party (with many current Labour MPs?) can appear and present those same policies.

Just as important and maybe more so, if they deny us our right to be politically represented by Jeremy Corbyn, then it is certain that within a few years this country will see riots that will raze it to the ground. They have too few police to stop it, too few firemen to put out the flames, and too many people with nothing to lose.

vexarb
vexarb

Up, Yellow Jerkins!

Kevin Harrison
Kevin Harrison

If you are employed you generally do what your boss tells you to do . If you are a MSM journalist working for a multi-billionair right wing boss …………..