Labour Blimps

Architects for Social Housing (ASH)

On Friday 13 July thousands of Londoners took to the streets to protest the arrival of US President Donald Trump on these shores. Trump wasn’t in London, but having tea with the Queen in Windsor Castle. Undeterred, around 100,000 people attended the protest – mostly students, middle-class women and muslims – which was interpreted as a show of popular sentiment. A quick look at the numerous placards, however, showed that the protest was, in fact, a coalition of the usual suspects – the Socialist Workers Party, the People’s Assembly against Austerity and Momentum, with the organisers – typically for the left there are two groups (the SWP’s Stand Up To Trump and Owen Jones’ Stop Trump) both claiming precedence, neither talking to each other – a role-call of Labour politicians, Labour supporters and Labour-supporting unions. In other words, this was another Labour political spectacle, and, of course, Oh Jeremy Corbyn…

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