Labour are tearing themselves apart


Jeremy Corbyn’s most senior allies branded Labour backbenchers “f—— useless” and “bloody Tories” in a chaotic north London rally designed to shore up support for the embattled leader.

Supportive MPs and trade union bosses said his internal opponents wanted “lying dishonest leaders with no values” and labelled them a “disgrace” in front of around 1,000 cheering Left-wing supporters.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor and Mr Corbyn’s closest political ally, shrugged off criticism for calling critics “f—— useless” and “conniving” by saying it had been a “joke”.

Brexit has seen the exit of Boris, Farage and Cameron, but Corbyn’s hanging on against his own colleague’s wishes. Over 100,000 people have joined the Labour party to be able to vote to keep Corbyn in place, and some think that not all 100,000 are Labour supporters. 

Earlier this week, Angela Eagle’s constituency office had a brick thrown through the window and she was left a voicemail calling her a “f—— b—-” after announcing she would contest the leadership. Mr Corbyn also revealed he had faced death threats.

Ah yes, the caring left. They never sit down and have a good talk. It’s always down to violence, threats, bullying and personal attacks.

The most amusing thing is that Corbyn is almost certain to return as leader of the Labour party with a renewed mandate, against the wishes of the vast majority of the parliamentary Labour party.

This has parallels with New Zealand, of course, with Andrew Little being put in a position by a “democratic” system skewed towards the unions, allowing a man who is a list MP and who has never won his own seat, or the party vote in his own seat, to be the leader of people who don’t want him to be a leader.

The most delightful thing about the UK’s drama is that it will play out here in New Zealand as well, in about a year or so. Little, too, will not be seen as a man who can ever be Prime Minister, and the search for the next Labour leader will resume with all the distractions and bloodshed that entails.

Microphones at Fraser House already pick up the fact that the us-and-them in the New Zealand Labour party is alive and well, with the union faction not consulting with colleagues and Little just coming out with “policy” as a done deal – policy like the 3-day housing plan that still doesn’t look well thought out.


– Telegraph

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