Momentum set to swing into Harlow

Politics / Sun 29th Oct 2017 at 02:37pm


YH understands that Momentum Harlow is about to be launched.

Momentum is a left-wing organisation, founded in 2015, four weeks after Jeremy Corbyn’s successful campaign for the Labour Party leadership.

It has been described as a grassroots movement supportive of Corbyn and the Labour Party.

It has been described as a broad church. That is to say, you don’t have to be a member of the Labour Party. Members of a variety of organisations are said to have been involved and so are people who have not members of any party.

What would Harlow Momentum bring to the party (so to speak). We have seen Momentum bring numbers into an area for a day of action. They are also adept at using social media to advance their cause.

To be honest, Harlow Labour already seems to do both. It successfully took control of the council in 2012 and it may well strengthen its grip in May 2018.

But you also get the feeling that Momentum’s image has more in common with the young left leaning people of Harlow today. You only have to look at the enthusiasm of Young Harlow Labour and the sudden plethora of young candidates who are lining up to be councillors.

You only have to look at the enthusiasm of the renovation of a Basketball court in Sumners and other events planned to see that they might just have something here.

They could well bring a breath of fresh air to working in the community. They could make successful councillors as long as they remember that much of it is pretty dry committees and pretty dry ward work. We have seen them come and go.

You do start to worry for some of the senior stalwarts and whether they may end that their time may be over.

We just have the feeling that there may be some senior members of Harlow Labour who may not welcome Momentum Harlow but we shall see.

Far too many may also have a common enemy as opposed to a common political credo. We are not sure anyone has actually analysed why, at the 2017 GeneRAL Election, they were unable to lay a glove on Robert Halfon.

But it looks like it will make for a vibrant political scene in Harlow with lots of people who are committed to making a positive impact on Harlow. And that has to be a good thing.

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3 Comments for Momentum set to swing into Harlow:

2017-10-30 11:00:45

Ah yes, Momentum, those wonderful people who brought you Jared O’Mara, the new, mysoginistic, MP for Sheffield Hallam, who has so far failed to make a maiden speech in Parliament, which he hardly attends, and can’t cope with MP surgeries on Fridays as he says he is usually too hung over. And finally suspended by the Labour Party. What a wonderful example of how effective Momentum can be without the protection of a bunch of bullies. Those wonderful people whose breath of fresh air and enthusiasm has almost killed Twitter with their brand of vicious comments against anyone who is not a believer. Those wonderful people who forced the BBC politics correspondent to employ her own body guards to attend the Labour party conference this year. Does Harlow’s politics really need to be sullied with this type of behaviour?

2017-10-30 14:52:55

Perhaps we should also seek the views of our Jewish friends in Harlow,not sure they would link a vibrant political scene to Momentum.

2017-11-04 06:45:19

Communism by any other name. Dangerous outfit indeed.

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