There is no accounting for the stupidity of left-wing activists

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Jeremy Corbyn is announced as the new leader of the Labour Party at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre on September 12, 2015 in London, England. Mr Corbyn was announced as the new Labour leader today following three months of campaigning against fellow candidates ministers Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham and shadow minister Liz Kendall. The leadership contest comes after Ed Miliband's resignation following the general election defeat in May. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

It is suspected that many of the 100,000 new members have joined Labour since 23 June with the express intention of defying Labour MPs and voting for Mr Corbyn in any leadership election.

The surge in membership comes amid what some are calling an attempted coup against Mr Corbyn by the party’s MPs. There have been mass resignations from Mr Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, with exiting members calling on him to resign, and a no-confidence vote in which MPs in the Parliamentary Labour Party opposed their leader by an overwhelming margin of 172-40.

The veteran left-winger, however, has refused to step down and may be able to cling to power against the wishes of his MPs thanks to the votes of the rank-and-file membership.

If this happened, his success and the 100,000 membership surge would mirror the events of September’s leadership election, during which more than 100,000 people paid £3 to register as affiliate Labour supporters so they could vote.

This has a parallel in New Zealand with the NZ Labour Party, although here the unions have stacked the “democratic” process where they get two votes: one as a voting block and, of course, once again as individual members.

But, in both cases, the union-supported candidates, Corbyn and Little, are being kept in place using “democratic” means against the will of the majority of the party and MPs.

…if Mr Corbyn is re-elected as Labour leader, the hostility of the vast majority of his MPs might well make a split in the party unavoidable.

Such is the anxiety about this eventuality that, as revealed by The Independent, senior Labour officials have even started trying to work out who owns the party’s name, logo, London headquarters and regional offices.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has been holding face-to-face talks with Len McCluskey, leader of Britain’s biggest trade union Unite, to find a compromise that would resolve the crisis, but the chances of an agreement seem remote.

The unions are thought to be insisting that Mr Corbyn remains leader while Mr Watson has told them the parliamentary party’s red line is that Mr Corbyn must go.

The Poms are lucky their left-wing activists are utter morons.


– Adam Lusher, The Independent

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