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Corbyn was never a Militant Trotskyite

01 March, 2019

 Jeremy Corbyn

• A WEAPON of mass dysfunction is how I see investigative author Tom Bower’s latest offering, Dangerous Hero: Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power, which is littered with inaccuracies, literally from cover to cover.

“Ruthless”? Anyone who knows Jeremy, as I have for nearly 40 years, can confirm that the one thing he is not, and never has been, is ruthless. As for plotting for power, is that not what the voters expect?

Then there is the assertion, nay sneering smearing, that Jeremy Corbyn was a “Militant Trotskyite”. I can confirm with 100 per cent certainty that Jeremy was never a member of the Militant Tendency. Neither was general secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey.

How can I assure you of this fact? Because from 1981 to 1983 I was the Tendency’s press officer, with hourly contact with the so-called editorial board.

In fact, I can confirm that Jeremy, and his long-time friend and mentor Tony Benn, were held in utter contempt by some on the executive committee, who derided them regularly as joke figures.

One retired senior academic who knows the Labour movement well described Bower’s book to me as “all potboiler, no sensitivity with regard to politics. The book is a disgrace”.

PATRICK EDLIN
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