This week there has been a mix of excitement and dread in Labour circles over the announcement of the Momentum Kids initiative. The grassroots group are launching a children’s wing, which will allow protest-minded parents a time out to join the struggle while their children get their revolutionary juices flowing.
While Momentum supporters have defended the venture from allegations of brainwashing, Mr S was intrigued to read about one of its first events. Set to take place this Sunday at the World Transformed festival, there will be a ‘Teddy Bear Mandate’ session:
‘Bring your favourite toy to the party where we will imagine the party it might join and lead, and what it stands for.
What is your toy’s mandate, what are the positives that would make your toy a great leader of a totally new party?
What does your teddy stand for, what are its values and how would it make positive changes?
And, finally, what powers do they possess?’
Steerpike has confirmed that this is a real event — and not a parody as one could be forgiven for presuming at first. Still, given that the Labour leader makes a habit of putting his children and the children of his friends on the party payroll, Mr S suspects it makes sense to get them on the same page from an early age.