Follow the money
My eye was caught today by the following paragraph in a devastating assessment of the U.S Democratic Party which appeared in today’s post from Counterpunch:
“Now lost in the fog of Russiagate is the Wikileaks revelations that the DNC/Clintonites tried to promote Trump in the Republican primaries while rigging the Democrat primaries against the more popular of the Democrat contenders. At the end of the day, the Democratic Party is more loyal to its big money funders than its rank-and-file voters. They would rather lose a presidential election than allow someone like Bernie Sanders to run, who raised inconvenient truths about income inequality.” (emphasis added)
Sounds familiar don’t it? It’s been said quite a lot lately that the Labour Party’s very own self-styled Blairite wannabe proprietors would rather see Labour lose the next election than win it with Corbyn. And we’ve seen dirty tricks aplenty, although their perpetrators may not have stooped at the altar of Assange. Anyway, it seems that the one thing that Blair had such a tight grip on – sources of big money – matters less now. Even the BBC reported (PM Programme today) that Labour this year had raised an incredible £56 million, outdoing the Tories’ £45 million. Money which, unlike the Tories came from its many members and supporters (inc. unions) and not a handful of spread betting ‘wealth creators.’ So if the disgruntled ones do go off to form their new party, who will they rely on for cash? The Labour Party has never been better off. That has to tell us something.
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