As Labour gathers in Liverpool this weekend for their Annual Conference, debate has surfaced regarding what Labour is to be ‘branded’ as next. I gather that ‘Next’ Labour has been well fancied but has been discarded in favour of ‘Real’ Labour.
Whatever ‘branding’ stunt Labour pulls nationally, the fact remains that here in Rotherham and elsewhere in the Labour ‘Heartlands’, citizens have to endure a mutant form of Labour, dubbed ‘Scum’ Labour, by Michael Elmer, a local South Yorkshire man, unfortunately living in Beckenham at the moment out of necessity rather than choice.
The fun really started when Michael’s letter was published in the ‘Tiser on September 9th. I re-publish it here with a small edit restored at the beginning:
“Nasty strain infects party
Sir-Labour mutates. There is Old Labour, New Labour, Blue Labour and in South Yorkshire, where Party Leader Ed Miliband has his seat, Scum Labour-an altogether nastier strain.
Once a party of decent working men, that famously “owed more to Methodism than to Marx,” mutant Scum Labour includes liars, politispivs and crooks, with one MP jailed for expenses fraud, another suspended and a third forced to apologise to Parliament when caught out using House of Commons stationery for Party purposes.
Scum Labour also contaminates the body politic at local level with manifest arrogance, bullying, breaking of electoral law and spreading lies about opponents.
The scandalous case of Cllr Gerald Smith, lucky to escape with a police caution, has now gone viral with his outrageous claim that Christian Democrats are far Right reaching the foreign press.
In a statement seen by the Rotherham Advertiser and available on the Rotherham Politics website. Prof D.L. Hanley, this country’s foremost expert on Christian Democracy, has written that this claim “reveals at best political ignorance and at worst a desire to mislead.”
Scum Labour is now affecting Labour’s renewal work.
On June 22 Dr Udo Zolleis, head of planning of the CSU, the Bavarian Christian Democrats, was received in the Palace of Westminster by Blue Labour.
Nasty Tumours and hideous growths like Scum Labour need to be cut out. Smith’s supine cronies may not see this, or else lack the courage to act, but there are cleverer Labour figures at Westminster who do.
Michael Elmer, Beckenham.”
I have spoken to Michael about his critics opinions. He vehemently rejects them! I still can’t think of a better description than ‘Scum’ Labour, to sum up RMBC Labour Group, the local Party machine, Gerald Smith, the antics of Rotherham MP Denis MacShane and the conviction and jailing of Eric Illsley whilst a sitting MP. When you put it that way, it is difficult to argue with the principal conclusion!
In a predictable fashion, Denis MacShane just couldn’t resist rising to the bait and fired off an angry denunciation of Michael Elmer’s opinions, I quote:
“I was saddened to read a letter talking about Ed Miliband and the Labour Party as “Scum Labour” (see Advertiser, September 9).
Coarse abuse permeates too much of our political debate.
Readers would be astonished at the abusive, foul language in emails and letters I get but there is always the delete button or wastepaper basket.
But should this kind of gutter vocabulary appear in our local newspaper? I note the letter was written by someone living in Beckenham.
I hope the local weekly in Beckenham would not publish a letter from Rotherham about Scum Conservatives or Scum Liberal Democrats.
I am all for robust debate and vivid language, but calling a mainstream democratic political party scum debases political discourse and degrades political Language.
Denis MacShane MP, House of Commons, London.“
The following week a young man, who comments freely here under the moniker community champion and in letters to the ‘Tiser as P.J. Cawkwell of Conisborough, jumped on the bandwagon and produced this missive published last Friday. Hoped it would be available on the ‘Tiser’s website but unfortunately it is not, so I will have to type it out. Hope the ‘Tiser don’t mind? I quote:
“Disgusted at ‘Scum’ label
I am disgusted that a mainstream left-wing democratic political party can be described as “scum” in your newspaper see Advertiser, September 9).
I am disgusted that local activists like myself have been branded “Labour scum” simply for wanting to improve our towns and villages with everything from bold ideas to small, insignificant changes to help the community in any way we can.
What really does stick in my throat is how the website http://www.rotherhampolitics.org.uk/ and it’s author/contributors can pull down a member of Rotherham town centre’s business community for wanting to kick start reinvestment in the High Street.
Rotherham needs the investment and innovation that Chris Hamby’s project can bring.
I really do feel positive about the town centre, until I read vindictive letters on that website or in this newspaper which pull Rotherham to pieces.
If Rotherham and it’s people offend you so much may I suggest you move to another town.
P.J. Cawkwell, Conisborough.“
Thanks a lot Patrick, for being the first to successfully get this blog’s full web address into the ‘Tiser, you have done us a service there!
PJ’s letter is most interesting, it certainly displays greater erudition, vocabulary and sentence construction than any of his other contributions which can be found all over this blog like a rash! Was he really the author? Or did he have help, perhaps he phoned a friend?
P.J. really should understand the very real difference between ‘Scum’ Labour and Labour ‘Scum’, they mean quite different things and to use them interchangeably is a distortion of the truth.
As for his rambling, synthetic rant about one of our previous posts, The Bank of Rotherham – From the Taxpayers Alliance. This report was brought to readers from the Taxpayers Alliance for readers edification and enlightenment, it certainly was not expressing mine nor other blog contributors opinions collectively, and it is a ridiculous distortion of the facts to say that it is! Only two comments have been left, one from PJ and the other from a contributor Grald-Hunter!
Nothing about this post should have resulted in PJ attacking this blog or it’s contributors because the opinion alleged simply is not a reasonable interpretation of the facts nor an excuse to write such drivel, parading inaccuracies and to expect the ‘Tiser to print it! Unless of course, they may not have intended to be entirely helpful? If PJ’s mate, Denis MacShane, gets his way, with a small claims libel court, PJ, would I am afraid, be going there pronto! Along with Gerald Smith, I would imagine?
One thing is entirely clear, PJ a member of Doncaster Labour Party, and Labour Maltby Town Councillor, Stewart Platt, are both extremely greedy with the frequency of their comments, some are priceless, all are ignorant and extraordinarily childish for two grown men! Quite typical of the domineering, Scum Labour Tendency in action. Study the comments carefully and as well as foolish and childishness, a certain arrogance is manifestly present, typical of Scum Labour!
Playing the player, not the ball, is a common stratagem deployed against those with whom they disagree or who have the temerity to stand up and be counted, standing in local elections in opposition to the candidates of the Scum Labour Tendency.
Some of us are old enough to remember some of South Yorkshire’s scandals that have passed in to legend and has characterised this area over the years. Poulson and T Dan Smith, Donnygate and Garvin Reed and the Anti-Poverty Forum spring immediately to mind, but there are many other fine examples of the tendency to corruption, when Labour dominates with untrammelled hegemonic power.
Remember, some serving currently, on borough, town and parish council’s throughout Rotherham, were around when all of the above incidents of corruption and fraud occurred and it frankly stretches credibility too much, to think that these practises are extinct!
These are a few random examples of Stewart Pratt and P.J. Cawkwell’s recent comments, some might amuse themselves playing the game of which is which?
Your tirade doesn’t let up does it?
Moaning about nothing, day in, day out.
yes thats right your dick
blah blah blah
dear i hope you,ll be there with the rest of the INDEPENDENTS joke wat party was u before u to became a failure
sorry i meant ronald u no RONALD MC DONALD CLOWN ,sorry i went early last night don but there was a realy funny man on tv ,even funnier than u think you are.BRAVE HUNTER,dont think so thats why u hide behind a made up name ,warrior no just because u got a10 thunderbolt for your pic dunt make u a warrior.come clean let us no this BRAVE man,or are u really the brave SITTING BULL -SHIT,over to u ronald mc
Oh dear me.
No wonder your right wing lot are doing Rotherham down…people from outside of the town being slated for working there.
What a sorry state Rotherham is in with people like you around to pull it down, inch by inch.
I wonder why Thrilie hasn’t signed up yet to contribute? Hmmmm……………….
I have to say that I agree with Denis on this issue 110%
u going round in ya a10 don,its dark out thereoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow
There all on here somewhere. Happy hunting!