Willsman clarifies Momentum jibe – but attacks M-democracy under Lansman. Lansman responds

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National Executive Committee (NEC) veteran Peter Willsman was re-elected last week to the NEC in spite of the ill-advised decision by a subset of Momentum’s National Coordinating Group to withdraw support for his candidacy after the misrepresentation by the Establishment of leaked comments by Willsman at the July NEC meeting. Other left groups – including many local Momentum groups – stayed solidly behind him.

After the result, Willsman thumbed his nose at ‘Momentum’ with a pointed statement comparing its politics with that of outgoing NEC member Eddie Izzard, who has self-identified as a Blairite.

But Willsman has now issued a clarification to reassure ordinary Momentum members and local groups that his jibe was not aimed at them – but also added a new barb aimed at Momentum founder Jon Lansman:

For clarification for any comrades who may be confused – my critique of Momentum was, of course, ONLY directed at the Central Committee controlled by Uncle Jon. No one else in Momentum has any, or will ever have any, power or influence whatsoever over Momentum.

Clearly the issue is still a tender one.

The SKWAWKBOX contacted Jon Lansman for comment, who responded:

I think readers will be able to make their own judgement on the quality of Pete’s judgement and his commitment to uniting the Left on such issues as the leadership threshold and open selections.

SKWAWKBOX comment:

The Willsman/Momentum issue has highlighted valid concerns about Momentum’s democratic processes and there are clearly issues between two of the most influential of the member-representatives on the NEC.

But for the sake of the movement, both men and their supporters need to be focused on the task at hand and the needs of the project and movement. Egos and rivalries must not be indulged – nor must the movement be sidetracked by attempts to keep the Establishment media onside – and that need for discipline applies right across the board, from the NEC to the grassroots.

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4 responses to “Willsman clarifies Momentum jibe – but attacks M-democracy under Lansman. Lansman responds”

  1. So, willsman’s gonna antagonise instead of being humbled by the support he received and cause internal strife on a different front, is he?

    What a guy. Didn’t have the balls to refuse to apologise; but now takes the exact same arrogant stance as the co-operative MP’s who think because they’re elected they’re the dog’s danglin’ bits.

    Well, just like them, willsman isn’t.

    I’m no fan of either he or lansman, but ffs even I’d zip it for now and bide me time for a more pertinent moment in future.

    I really struggle to find a reason as to why the grass roots on the left bother, at times.