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UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is so busy justifying that he has the support of his members that he’s pulling the party down into the electoral toilet behind him.  All that remains is for someone to flush. 

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The people who consider themselves “in control” of the Labour party are making the mistake of thinking that if they are “running” it, they are going to be winners.

The voters clearly aren’t going to play ball.

A month ago, before all the latests debacles YouGov polled on preferred Prime Minister.  May, at that point brand new to the job, got 29% of the vote while Corbyn got 17%.

One would have to expect that hasn’t quite dropped to 7% yet, but it goes to show just how amazingly unpopular Andrew Little is by comparison if Corbyn is still in double digits after the run he’s had.

Labour in both countries are failing to pick issues that voters care about.

  • Dave of the West Bank

    “he’s vulling the party down into the electoral toilet behind him.”

    So who’s the author on the WO staff of a Dutch background? I’d never seen ‘vulling’ before and with the help of Interglot found that it means: stuffing, packing, stopping, etc., in the language of The Netherlands.

    Will the word now enter the English lexicon? Etymology Whale Oil 2016. :)

  • Aucky

    Andrew Little is 10% behind Corbyn in the preferred PM stakes? He must be on a par with beubonic plague.

  • Seriously?

    It highlights the problem of when a major party allows its leadership to be decided by a vote of its members.

    The members of a party tend to be its most devoted to it extreme. Not many middle of the road public are bothered or interested enough to join a political party. But it is the middle of the road people that decide elections.

    When you put the members in charge of deciding the leadership you ask for trouble. It is just human nature that they will be tempted to install someone that says the things they want to hear. That is all well and good, it is representative of the members, but it doesn’t help win elections. It alienated the middle voter. It takes a particular dicipline to aviod it happening, or better still a leadership selection process that gives more weight (or even sole decision making) to a subgroup of people who are expected to have their experienced eyes on the real prize – election.

    Think Labour in NZ selecting Little. Think the Republicans in the US selecting Trump. And yes, we can expect to add Corbyn in the UK to that list.

    Those people are popular among the extremes of their party, and hence among their rank and file members. But none of them had the support of those in their party ranks best placed to select the person that might win the general election. The core problem they face is the same – they echo the people that selected them, not the people they need to vote for them.

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