THE terrifying extent of left-wing extremism in the Labour Party is laid bare today.
Marxist zealots have seized control at every level since Jeremy Corbyn became leader — and are poisoning the debate with their hardline views.
An exclusive poll of a broad range of grassroots members reveals how far the party has moved to the fringes, hours after a foiled plot to topple deputy leader Tom Watson.
Labour is now firmly in the grip of revolutionaries who want to get rid of the Royal Family, scrap Britain’s nuclear deterrent and take control of the media.
Fanatics are so dominant that Mr Corbyn will be free to renationalise public services, wage class war and drive out dissenters.
Last night Labour moderates reacted with dismay after a YouGov poll of over 1,100 members showed:
- HALF would feel bored, embarrassed or angry about singing the National Anthem;
- MORE blame the British Government and Army for the Troubles in Northern Ireland than say it was the fault of the IRA;
- SIX in ten want to abolish the royals for a republic;
- NEARLY seven in ten think it would be legitimate for unions to stage a general strike to bring down a Tory government;
- TWO THIRDS believe the party doesn’t have a problem with anti-Semitism, and 54 per cent believe the crisis is the fault of the media or Corbyn’s opponents;
- AND 56 per cent would be opposed to doing post-Brexit trade deals with Israel.
FEWER THAN 30 PER CENT OF LABOUR MEMBERS BLAME ISLAMIC TERROR GROUPS FOR ATTACKS IN UK
The survey was commissioned by Ian Austin. He quit Labour to be an independent MP in February over the “culture of extremism and intolerance” created by Mr Corbyn.
Today Mr Austin launches cross-party campaign group Mainstream, aimed at combating extremism in public life.
He said: “I grew up listening to my father, a Holocaust refugee, warning of the dangers of prejudice and hatred.
“I joined Labour as a teenager and campaigned for it all my adult life.
“But the party of today is not the one I grew up in.
“Under Jeremy Corbyn it has been poisoned by a culture of extremism and intolerance. It is the responsibility of everyone who opposes extremism in all its forms to stand up against this destructive force.”
The poll found 15 per cent are proud of Britain’s history over the past 300 years, with 43 per cent “ashamed”.
Only 29 per cent believe in retaining the monarchy while 62 per cent want a republic.
MORE MEMBERS BLAME UK GOVERNMENT FOR TROUBLES THAN THE IRA
Twenty per cent would be “happy” or “proud” to sing the anthem but half would be “bored, embarrassed or angry”.
More members, 32 per cent, blame the Government for the atrocities of the Troubles than blame Republican terrorists like the IRA (27 per cent).
Just 29 per cent think groups like al-Qaeda are the most to blame for Islamist terrorist attacks in the UK. A total of 28 per cent think the UK and its allies are most to blame, while 40 per cent blame both sides equally.
Meanwhile 69 per cent support using strikes to overthrow a Conservative government.
A huge 70 per cent agree with getting rid of Britain’s nuclear weapons. Almost half, 48 per cent, want to abolish our country’s borders.
A total of 79 per cent support new laws limiting who owns national newspapers. And 51 per cent say a Labour government should take more control of broadcast media.
IT'S A POISON TEARING MY PARTY APART
By Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North
BRITISH people expect their governments to uphold the decent, mainstream values that make this a country to be proud of: freedom, fairness and playing by the rules.
We stand up to extremism, racism and prejudice. That’s the British way.
Sun readers expect their government to defend their country abroad, maintain their security at home and keep their streets safe. They certainly don’t expect a party which might be in power in just a few weeks to tear itself to pieces in the way Labour has done in the last 48 hours.
Tom Watson has given the party he loves decades of service. But because the extremists who now control Labour don’t trust him to bow to all of their demands, they tried to abolish his job while he was at home looking after his son.
Mainstream is a new campaign to stand up for these values and warn people of the dangers of extremism.
We will promote respectable and responsible politics wherever we can, and we will oppose extremism – wherever it comes from.
We’ll oppose extremism on the far left or the hard right, and today we are highlighting the impact of a government led by Jeremy Corbyn and the hard left.
I thought I knew how badly Jeremy Corbyn had poisoned the Labour Party.
I quit after 35 years as a member to shine a spotlight on the extremism and racism.
But even I was shocked by this new poll showing what Labour members now actually think.
Under Corbyn, half say they would be bored, embarrassed or angry if asked to sing the National Anthem.
Just 15 per cent are proud of our country’s history. Almost three times as many are ashamed.
More than six out of ten want to abolish the monarchy and more of them blame the British Government and our brave army than the IRA and other republican terrorists for the violent troubles in Northern Ireland.
Almost half want to abolish our country’s borders and nearly seven out of ten members think it would be ok for trade unions to hold a general strike to remove a Conservative Government.
More than half either blame the media or Jeremy Corbyn’s political opponents for the allegations of racism against Jewish people instead of the members responsible or the leadership that has allowed it to happen.
Sixty-nine per cent of Labour members now blame Western Governments instead of Terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS for Islamist terrorist attacks on the streets of Britain or think they are equally to blame as groups like Al Qaeda or ISIS!
You would never have got results like that under previous Labour leaders, but the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn and the hard left is completely outside Britain’s mainstream political traditions. They can’t be trusted to uphold our country’s values or safeguard the institutions on which our democracy depends.
Corbyn’s supporters claim he is returning the party to its socialist roots, but it’s just not true.
Clement Attlee’s great post-war government established the NHS and the Welfare State, but he was a proud British patriot who set up NATO, insisted on Britain having nuclear weapons and booted communists out of the party.
There are still decent people in the Labour Party, fighting for common-sense, but good MPs have been targeted, smeared or driven out and all sorts of people from the fringes of politics have joined to support Jeremy Corbyn.
All this explains why we are setting up Mainstream, a new campaign – led by a group of people from different political backgrounds – to encourage a return to respectable and responsible politics, and to banish extremism from British politics once and for all.
To lead Britain, you must love this country, but Jeremy Corbyn is the opposite of a patriot. He could not be trusted with our national security or to defend our country. At every available opportunity, he has backed Britain’s enemies, whether that’s the IRA at the height of the Troubles or groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
No previous Labour leadership would have supported dictatorships in Cuba or Venezuela or have sided with the Russian dictator’s line on Ukraine or when his killers used chemical weapons to bring death to Salisbury. The hard-left think that wealth is the problem and the people who create it the enemy. A government led by Jeremy Corbyn would see John McDonnell in the Treasury, but our economy has never before been run by someone who says he wants to overthrow capitalism or says Marx, Lenin and Trotsky are his most significant influences.
Jeremy Corbyn surrounds himself and works with people from the far-left fringes of politics and they could not be trusted to respect and uphold the independence of our civil service, the impartiality and fairness of our broadcasters or the freedom of the press.
It is a disgrace that he and the people around him have allowed a party with a fine tradition of fighting for fairness and equality to be poisoned by racism against Jewish people.
Under Corbyn, mainstream ideas are being replaced by views that are wildly out of step with the views of the general public. Extremism is rearing its way back into the public discourse in a way that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
We encourage everyone who wants to support our country’s mainstream values in political and public life to join us.
- You can sign up at: www.mainstreamuk.org
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JEZ'S 40,000 ARMY
JON Lansman, the man behind the failed move to oust Tom Watson, founded the pro-Corbyn group Momentum in 2015.
The left-wing grassroots body — set up just weeks after Corbyn won his 2015 leadership contest — now has 40,000 members. It was based on the Syriza movement in Greece and Podemos in Spain, both of which also fought against austerity measures.
Cambridge graduate Lansman, 62, tried to run the party machine last year by mounting a failed bid to replace out- going Iain McNicol as general secretary. But he does sit on the party’s ruling executive.
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