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Report from the Monster Corbyn Meeting

6th August 2015

Report from the Monster Corbyn Meeting on Monday August 3rd

By Chris Knight

I arrived at Camden Town Hall in good time. Scarcely had I got out my Labour Briefings than I was surrounded by people anxious to buy. It felt like Back to the Future, perhaps to 1984—except that even at the height of the miners’ strike, we never packed this massive building like this.

Ghosts from my political past came up, often surprised to realise that Briefing still existed, sometimes teasing me with ‘Labour Take the Power!’. That sounded amusing but somehow appropriate once again, at least to my ears. Shoving his microphone under my nose,

Michael Crick of Channel 4 News described himself as a subscriber who remembered me well. Who, he asked, was our current Class Traitor of the Month? Gate-crashing the interview, a nearby SWP-er said we should expel the Blairites. Speaking to the camera, I asked why he thought he had any right to tell Jeremy who to expel. Labour is a broad church in need of unity, not expulsions. I did concede that maybe a few Blairites might consider their position, which made Crick happy enough.

I sold fifty Briefings within twenty minutes. Discovering ten extra copies lying on a stall, I sold them even more quickly as people formed an orderly queue. Two longer queues, side by side, had by now completely encircled the entire block. The main hall plus all available overflow rooms were packed. We thronged outside until eventually our hero appeared on the roof of the FBU’s bus. He began by quoting the firefighters’ magnificent slogan: ‘We rescue people, not banks’. The crowd went wild.

I can’t report what happened inside because despite having a ticket, hundreds of us never got in.

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