A letter to Jeremy Corbyn from ‘the poor’ you wear as a badge

My name is Lisa, I am a qualified social worker, and for 6 years I watched the deliberate exploitation of inequality as a response to austerity and I lived with it while I raised my daughter under attack by the Tories. During this time I watched the Labour left you represent, abusing people and demanding they didn’t discuss politcial consensus while you manufactured a Labour focused anti-cuts movement. THis particularly affected social work, vulnerable children, social care, and women like me. Single parents. My trade union said some cuts were ok as long as it was UNISON members hit repeatedly. I got a cast iron demonstration of how the working class were disenfranchised and I got it from the Labour left. Our trade unions were loyal to you but not us. You wanted us as objects in your identity and there was no opposition to austerity.

You are the protective seal around neo liberalism. I know that the Labour Party are looking to understand ieequality, am at LSE’s new Inequality Institute and I know that the problem we have goes much deeper than Labour policy. The economic advisor Thomas Piketty, who resigned from your economic advisory panel today, is an early challenger to synthetic inequality modelling and we are long way from understanding and addressing this crisis. But thanks to the labour left I got a demonstration of HOW the working class are disenfranchised over 6 years. I will always be grateful for this demonstration and will be using it as a chapter in my phd.

In the period where I was living with austerity I got a demonstration of what the country is seeing now. Your rentamob elite white male left, who are abusive to women, abuse people online and do everything they can to defend you, used to do so to protect your ability to white wash  consensus on austerity for labour. .

On Thursday night while you were asleep I, like many people, was stunned as Britain voted to leave the EU. Even though I knew this was a catastrophe and is, I understood the punch that had been thrown and it was thrilling. But it is still a catastrophe. THe economic and political consequences of that moment have already resulted in the disintegration of our political system, our finance system may never recover and the people who will pay for this are people like me. Not you. The people I know. The people you already disenfranchised to have your Labour focused anti-cuts movement that didnt actually discuss austerity. My friend lives round the corner from a shop that was firebombed, I have other friends suffering racist abuse. I watched as Nigel Farage attempted to throw away all our negotiating cards at th EU parliament and read the world’s shock at the political vacuum that has opened. For you it was like Christmas had come early.

You only had one job when you woke up(FINALLY) on Friday morning. Your job was Leader of the Opposition. Your friend John McDonnell is the Shadow Chancellor, These are important jobs. We needed three things this week. 1- A government 2- an opposition 3- a plan.

Your views on Europe made your position untenable. THis wasnt a big deal. This happens. You should have resigned. The world needed Labour to send out politicians with platitudes about calm and unity, but you saw an opportunity. John McDonnell and yourself decided to attempt to take over the Labour Party and shut down democracy. The same rentamob of elite white activists who prevented discussion of austerity as equality was rolled back for working class women, decided this was your moment. On the eve of the most important day in British history, our Shadow Chancellor invited 10000 people to the lawn of Parliament Green. You deliberately generated visible crisis the night before the most important day in years. You did so knowing the world was watching to see if we had the political stability to get through this crisis. You knew the impact of this. So did I. You decided to hold the country hostage and tear apart your party because this was your moment. This is not your moment.

Like many women I have spent days being abused by your followers. This is not new to me. Nothing more threatening to the elite white left than a clever working class woman who understands their place in things. I have spent today trying to patiently explain to your followers that when you demand your rentamob takes precedence over parliamentary democracy that that is dangerous. They explained to me why your coup was necessary, why it was that your democratic mandate meant they had the right. They didnt know they dont.

They didn’t know you can only get democratic mandate in one place. From a voting booth. They didn;t know that in a democracy the ONLY way to get democratic mandate is in an election regulated by the electoral commission. They thought you could get democratic mandate to rule parliament through an internal labour leadership election by paying 3quid. They were disgusted when I said you couldn’t. I gave many of them the KS2 educational resources my daughter uses, so they could learn the basics about democracy. You have deliberately created a political vacuum. You haev done this at a time when fascism is a threat and the country is in crisis. While race hate crime is on teh rise. You held my country hostage at a time when we needed you to project the image of political stability and you have done so foryou own gain. It will be me scrimping on food next year, not you. I already had malnutrition once while your culture denied me the ability to discuss austerity.

I have some news for you Mr.Corbyn. You cant actually discuss inequality and the relationship between our social policy and economics and inequality faultlines through an elite white male left left selling fairy stories of default white working class man, and you  cant be the mediators for that discussion. You have no purpose. You have exploited austerity, deliberately created a political vacuum and are attempting to replace parliamentary democracy with party buraucracy at a time when democracy has never been more needed. A week ago you were a weak leader who needed to resign, and a relic of a culture who have no purpose. Now you are a despot holding a country to ransom and it is the poor you wear as a badge for your political identity who pay for this, It is my friends who pay for this, The people I know. The same way they paid so you could have an anti-cuts movement th\t supported Labour and didnt discuss austerity. I know from discussions with people within the Labour Party, including the economist who just refused to work with you, and the evil Blairites you treat as a bogey man, that the Labour PArty ARE trying to figure out inequality. I know from the Inequalities Institute that they are not the only ones.

The question now Mr.Corbyn is not if not you then who. You have deliberately and recklessly endangered the economy. You have deliberately and recklessly threatened to etar apart our main opposition party and to leave us exposed to fascism. You have deliberately attempted to undermine democracy with your rentamob. The question is now what Labour will do when you are gone. How will they demonstrate they have completely rooted you out, your culture and the rentamob you call your mandate. A union funded private mob who exist only for your needs. Stop exploiting people like me Mr.Corbyn.

There is a part of me which is glad you are demonstrating what I have known about the labour left for a long time. The British public will never forget your attack on democracy at this time of crisis. You may be able to whip up internet mobs but we will never vote for you and you will be remembered as the man at th ecentre of the personality cult that tried to take the country hostage.

You have shown yourself to be unfit for ANY public office and the same goes for John McDonnel and Dianne  Abott., I am writing this letter to tell you not to resign, which you will eventually do, but to tell you the poor do not need men like you exploiting us. And to put on record that it is your culture who ensured that last week people felt so disenfranchised they voted to leave the European Union. And it is us who will pay for your disgusting behaviour this week.



30 thoughts on “A letter to Jeremy Corbyn from ‘the poor’ you wear as a badge

  1. Oh my God. I have never seen such a professional victim. Get a grip love. Of course Corbyn questioned austerity: that was one of the key planks of his success with voters. And if you are writing a PhD, and before you call yourself ‘clever’ (an appellation that only means anything if conferred by others) (also, there are hundreds of working class academics, just ask around and stop presuming) can you please, please, for the love of GOD check your spelling and grammar and support your arguments with evidence. Just as PLP critics cannot hang onto Corbyn as a Demi-God you cannot paint him as some evil force without citing *specific examples*. What, precisely, has he done to encourage sexism: cite examples rather than unspecific accusations; how has he opposed examinations of inequality? Just saying you know Thomas Pinkenny doesn’t immediately add credence to your claim.

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  2. Powerful stuff. Just remember that there are enough of us listening to make the fight worthwhile. We will get our party back and the likes of you will make it better than it’s ever been.


  3. A good piece. Corbyn and his supporters put ideology first. For them it is the class without considering the individual. The abuse they throw at anyone that dares to criticise is very real and very dangerous. The rent-a-mob political outlook is just one of bullying. Pure and simple.

    Corbyn was never in favour of the EU but this supposedly “principled man” never had the guts to say it. He is unfit for government and his supporters do not understand democracy. For them it is always the “party line”. That’s why the far-left fail. They all stand against reason and are unable to represent the dispossessed as a result of their failure to understand basic humanity.


  4. I am a working class white woman, university educated and a social worker too. I think this blog is insane. It isn’t Jeremy who has wrecked the economy or let the voters down, it’s David Cameron. Jeremy is not manipulating anyone and he’s not holding the country hostage. Jeremy is not responsible for the rise of facism and he isn’t exploiting you or anyone.

    It isn’t a cult of personality. We finally have a principled leader a good man and a decent politician leading Labour.

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  5. Typical social worker, “nobody loves me, or worries about me” Stop being the victim for a change and consider what you can do for others, rather than what they should be doing for you


  6. A passionate plea from the heart. You cannot argue with someone who has experienced the worst of the party they believed in.

    No matter where your political allegiance lies, this gives everyone reason to think and to question just who the politicians, all politicians, serve.

    And ignore the comment regards spelling/grammar. Some people just don’t have the capability to see passion and raw emotion in writing. I for one applaud you.

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  7. You seem to presume everyone was a £3 voter. I am a fully paid up Labour member. Sick of the Blairites who can’t see they are getting nowhere – they have lost the last two GE’s. Corbyn bought something different to the membership – hope. I voted for him, and I would again. It is not Corbyn who has behaved disgraceful over the last week, but the 172 MP’s

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  8. I’m not sure that Corbyn can take all the blame for the current mess in the Labour Party. Like you I wanted them to replace him by now, but the factions who have united in opposition to him haven’t had a coherent plan for doing so (other than ‘bullying’ him into resigning. They didn’t build a succession plan, with an alternative leader, and (most importantly) they didn’t open up constructive discussions with the membership who have final say over who should be leader. You see, democracy occurs on multiple levels – it’s not just about parliamentary elections. If you are a democrat you believe that internal democracy in a party is also important. By manufacting the party crisis in this way, without having a proper plan to go forwards, the parliamentary Labour Party have brought the crisis to a head but without addressing all the issues that need to be addressed.


  9. I’m American and watching in sadness what’s happened the past week in the UK and wondering about the effect this will have on friends there who can ill afford this mess. I don’t want to make comparisons that don’t fit, but as a Democrat and a fairly left liberal, I’m struck by your description of the actions of the “rentamob elite white male left” which could very easily describe the experiences of a lot of Americans who were not “feeling the Bern” for Senator Sanders who’s also very old school left and dismissive of any people who say it’s about more than narrow issues of class. Many people of color and women whether working or middle class became alienated toward his campaign and a portion of his supporters harassed and bullied people as if politics were just like Gamergate.

    I still believe in doing everything to address economic and social inequality but a certain contingent of the white male left are more interested in telling than asking people what they need. They’ve rendered themselves thoroughly ineffective for present struggles. I wish all of you the best.


  10. I share a deep concern about the levels of misogynistic abuse coming out of the digital manifestations of political movements, it’s abhorrent, and we need to put an end to it (or replace Twitter in our political discourse as it’s designed to be an argument machine with another system for political dissemination).
    I disagree with you about Jeremy Corbyn, I don’t think he has the capacity to plot or plan the things you attribute to him, I feel slightly sorry for him for me it’s more like he’s a prisoner of a movement that he cannot control, but his principles mean that he is duty bound to ride the wave as far as it takes him he is not the Labour Leader he is a delegate. I have never trusted politician especially not left-wing ones since the Iraq war (I was 18). When I saw that Blair, Campbell & Co were attempting to organise a coup the week before the Chilcot enquiry I felt compelled to Join Labour to defend Jeremy Corbyn, and to defend his place in politics come what may throughout this process.
    It’s not the Labour Party, I’m fighting for, although I will do whatever I can to get Corbyn elected. I’m fighting so that the generation below me has a chance, just an outside chance of being able to believe in democracy.
    I didn’t have that chance all I got was Blair’s Media dictatorship. I think that model is losing it’s ability to lead society and that the way we do politics is changing, if honest people don’t take part in & shape & police these networked movements democracy will become impossible in the near future.


  11. Well that was an … interesting rant, I never knew I could think WTF so many times in one post, Corbyn is not holding the country to ransom, last time I checked Labour were not the government, he was democratically elected and repeatedly undermined by a group of careerist neo-liberal new labour types, they are the ones in the wrong here, what despicable timing to put themselves first their behaviour is corrupt, and who are you to call Corbyn’s brand of socialism a “relic of a culture who have no purpose”, you should ask yourself why people react angrily to the points you make, they shouldn’t be abusive they should take a lead from Corbyn and be civil, but ask yourself why.

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  12. An expression of near incoherent rage, wildly misdirected. Also, in his resignation letter, Thomas Piketty was clear in his continued support for Corbyn and regretful of having to leave the team through pressure of work.

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  13. So I’m actually having a bit of trouble understanding what you’re criticizing in Corbyn’s ideology, and I think it might be due to my own lack of knowledge about the situation. Could you explain how someone could build a movement that was anti-cuts but somehow not acknowledging austerity? In my frame of reference, austerity basically means cuts. I feel like I’m really not understanding you when you say that Corbyn, a socialist, is a protective seal around neoliberalism. It’s clear that you’re no New Labour Blairite, since Blair was neoliberalism given human form and you express opposition to the neoliberal program.


    • His antu-cuts movement was largely used to pretend that austerity was not labour policy to and the same crowd abusing people now would abuse vulnerable people if they discussed austerity that affected them and knew labour policy. It was quite important to them that Labour be SEEN to be opposing without actually having to do so. Our trade unions said same.


  14. Weird mixutre of virture signalling, Orwellian doublespeak, complete fabrication and an almost insanely inverted view of what is actually happening in the Labour party.
    Thank god that Corbyn came along and actually tried to represent all of us that are disabled, sick or alienated due to neoliberalism. Before that we were not only forgotten by the centre but actively attacked and hated by the right and their never ending cuts. The author of this blog seems to be attacking the wrong people. At least from what i can understand.


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