Opinion – Momentum’s grassroots democracy can make Labour an unstoppable force | Rachel Shabi | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right to be worried because the hallmark of Momentum is entryism and a desire to reverse trades union legislation plus a desire to let town halls be filled with left wing apparachiks who in the past bled small shopkeepers and businesses dry.

Margaret Thatcher didn’t introduce the Right to Buy Council Houses for nothing  –  she saw what her father had to deal with in Grantham where she grew up. Her programme was designed to stop profligate local authorities spending money they didn’t have which is why she prevented local authorities from spending any of the proceeds of sale. Even Blair only let them spend 25% of the money.

Trades Union bosses, like Len McClusky, want this levelling down process to continue, with rent controls on private landlords and a “land tax” to transfer money from London , Cambridge and SE England to freeloaders in Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the North of England. These people need to be helped not by transfer payments but by a rising tide of export led growth and greater self sufficiency in the form of new micro business creation, crowdfunded startups and systems building.

The 1970s brain drain and a good part of my reason for living and working in America was policies like those proposed by Momentum which led to the bankruptcy of the country, the arrival of the IMF and the bailout of the country by the Sultan of Brunei at the urging of Margaret Thatcher. Interestly, Dr Alf too left the UK in the 1970s in search of opportunity.

Those behind Momentum are one of the “enemies within”; the BBC and Channel 4, the House of Lords represent their not so secret cheerleaders and those who think that there is a “free lunch” to be had without work, study, effort or sacrifice represent the “useful fools” of the 21st Century.

In the past Trades Union leaders like Jack Jones were allegedly “run” by the KGB, in the form of people like Oleg Kalugin  – now one cannot be sure about who is behind Momentum but whoever it is, they are much cleverer than May and her Cabinet which does not bode well for the future. The fact that no-one in the media including the BBC and the Guardian has looked into Momentum’s funding is not an accident because if it was done we would all know what we were really dealing with. I have my own thoughts on this but until one can link the money to individuals who seemingly have no connection with the phenomenon the job of “dot joining” is difficult. That said the clues will come when these funders make mistakes.

Whilst Dr Alf and I might differ on Brexit, we share the fear of radical left-wing revolutionaries at large in the UK.

John Gelmini

What drove Labour’s success? A tough line on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class – Helen Lewis – New Statesman

Here’s a good read from Helen Lewis, the Deputy Editor at the New Statesman. Apart from immigration and an appeal to the middle classes, she proposes and eight other things we’ve learned from the 2017 election.

Source: What drove Labour’s success? A tough line on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class

I won’t spoil your read by identifying the eight points.

But it’s worth dwelling on immigration and the middle classes.

Most people, apart from the Far Right, are now more concerned about the economic outlook than controls on immigration. This could well pave the way to a softer Brexit.

Also the middle classes are rejecting austerity and falling real pay levels because of Brexit uncertainties. So should we now be watching the Corbyn machine target the middle classes?