Ok so it isn’t the New Zealand Labour party, but they are all related…sort of a political cousin marriage thing.
Dan Hodges at the Telegraph looks at the lunatics in Labour:
So he made it. Jeremy Corbyn is on the leadership ballot. Bats––t crazy Labour is alive and well.
The cheers are already ringing around the Twittersphere. From the “5/7 Truthers” who believe Labour’s defeat last month was the result of a failure to move too far and too fast to the Left. From Corbyn’s own opponents, the deputy leadership candidates and the mayoral candidates – all of whom are casting a greedy eye in the direction of his supporters. And from the worthy proceduralists, who are praising the fact “the party can now have a proper debate”.
Labour isn’t going to have a proper debate. Which is why Jeremy Corbyn is on the ballot in the first place. If Labour was having a proper debate, the sort of hard-Left politics espoused by him and his followers would already have been consigned to the dustbin of history. But the parliamentary Labour Party has opted to go rummaging through Michael Foot’s dustbin instead.
And only the Labour Party could have done this. Only the Labour Party could have contrived to greet the close of nominations for its leader with a raft of headlines about a candidate who is to the Left of Karl Marx and guaranteed not to win the contest.
Of course, that is not how most of the country will see it. Given the way most people catch their politics via peripheral vision, all they will process is “Labour leader … hard-Left candidate … success”.
Just how much longer is Labour planning to carry on extracting the urine from the British people in this way? Five weeks ago the voters said for the second time in five years: “Sorry, we’re not buying what you’re selling.” Labour’s response? “Oh. Well, what about what Jeremy Corbyn is selling?”
“But he won’t win”, say the Corbyn Quislings. No, he won’t. But he’s there. He’s on the ballot. Dan Jarvis isn’t on the ballot. Chuka Umunna isn’t on the ballot. Mary Creagh isn’t on the ballot. But Jeremy Corbyn is. That says something about the Labour Party in 2015.