Two on the main plotters accused of orchestrating a campaign against Corbyn leadership, both have extensive media contacts amongst them the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.
Given the coverage the Guardian originally gave to allegations of racism and anti-Semitism within the LP, one would have thought it would have given detailed coverage when Shami Chakrabarti announced the result of her inquiry on Thursday. Sadly there was no sign of it in Friday's paper, instead we had what I can only describe as an anti-Corbyn piece by Harriet Sherwood, the paper's religious correspondent.
In her inane piece she had only a couple paragraphs which dealt with the detail of Shami's report, the rest concentrated it's fire on Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. Indeed alongside the article on the Guardian's web site was a link to 'What are the rules for a Labour leadership race?' A Freudian slip to say the least?
Harriet then went off on a tandem about Labour MP Ruth Smeeth having walked out of the press conference after being accused of colluding with the Daily Telegraph in a row over leaflets criticising MPs opposed to Corbyn’s continued leadership. What this had to do with the Chakrabarti Inquiry was beyond me.
In a later statement, Smeeth said:
I was verbally attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional anti-Semitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy.’
Is Ruth really saying it's anti-Semitic to claim Corbyn is a victim of a media conspiracy? If so this is a ridiculous claim not least because there is enough evidence in the public domain on web sites like The Canary and MediaLens to question whether there is any truth in the allegations made about who is behind the attempted coup.
I fail to understand why Katharine Viner, the editor in chief of the Guardian, a paper which has done some of the finest investigative reporting in the world, has not asked her own team of investigative journalists to find the source of this attempted 'coup.'
The criterion for such reporting, the public interest is clearly present here, did a tiny cadre of right wing neo liberal Labour MP's and a PR company where Tony Blair’s closest aide, Alastair Campbell, is a senior advisor, orchestrate a coup against the leader of the opposition? And who else was part of the circle which planned and orchestrated it to undermine the democratic will of the LP membership expressed less than a year ago in a democratic leadership election?
If successful the plotters would have further undermine British democracy which is already at a very low ebb after the EU referendum campaign which split the UK asunder.
If this is not in the national interest I do not know what is.
Craig Murray has more on Ruth Smeeth behavior here