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Posted on 5 August 2013 at 16:14 GMT

Reflections and sycophancy - Kinnock versus the socialist Liverpool council

The Haunting

Tony Mulhearn, former Liverpool 47 councillor

In a workshop that assessed local authority anti-austerity campaigning, held at the last National Stop Stewards Network conference, Mike Whale quoted from the Communist Manifesto: "A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of communism".

He linked it to present day Labour councillors who are bedevilled by calls to emulate the example of the 1980s Liverpool 47 surcharged councillors who refused to carry out Margaret Thatcher's cuts.

This observation was given further credence in a recent BBC Radio Four Today programme, a BBC 'flagship' of 'impartial' reportage.

An ex-member of Britain's ruling elite, Patrick Jenkin, Minister of the Environment during the Liverpool 47's term of office, now Baron Jenkin of Roding, was asked to comment on the content of some cabinet papers which had been released into the public domain.

He said the biggest problem he had ever faced was the Militant Tendency's control of Liverpool. He was urged to send commissioners in to take control of the city.

His response was: 'How do you get commissioners past half a million people, and how do you get them out again?' Recognising the potency of a mass campaign, his trepidation persuaded him to reject the idea.

'Reflections'

This was followed by the first of a series of 'Reflections', which will carry interviews with people who have made an impact on British politics.

In this series Peter Hennessy or, to give him his official title, Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield, FBA and an English historian of government, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times.

In conversation, he invites his guests to explore politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew.

His first interview was with 'ex-socialist firebrand', ex-Labour leader Lord Kinnock. The interview was a model of sycophancy, leavened with dollops of cloying flattery.

Naturally Hennessey's big question was practically preceded by a blast of trumpets and a roll of drums.

It went something like: 'Now Neil, we come to what some people consider was the best conference speech in the history of the world - your attack on the Liverpool Militants. What gave you such courage and fortitude to make such a brilliant demolition of Liverpool?'

Although it was a radio show you could sense his Lordship swelling up like a bloated toad as he entered into a fantasy world in which he carried out his historic role of saving the Labour Party from destruction and delivering a knock-out blow to brave councillors he described as 'clowns'.

He conveniently ignored the fact that the result of his carrying out the edicts of Rupert Murdoch and Daily Mirror owner and pension thief Robert Maxwell was the two worst Labour national election defeats since 1931 while, by contrast, Liverpool's Labour votes were the highest in the history of the city.

Hennessy of course did not ask why, since Kinnock's speech, Labour has been reduced to a hollowed-out scarecrow whose idea of opposition is to ape the policies of the ruling party.

One was reminded of the words of socialist writer Upton Sinclair: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it".

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