Corbyn learning from Angry Andy, how to lose party members

It seems UK Labour and NZ Labour share a great deal…including dead set useless leaders and low poll rankings.

The love affair of the left with Jeremy Corby seems to be over.

Almost 26,000 Labour members have quit the party since last summer prompting claims the ‘tide is turning’ against Jeremy Corbyn.

The rapid decline in the number of the card-carrying members was revealed as Mr Corbyn slips further behind in the polls and infuriates supporters by backing Brexit.

Until now Mr Corbyn’s leadership has been protected by devoted supporters who have twice elected him by a landslide.

More than three-quarters of those to leave the party last year had joined after the 2015 general election, a period that saw membership grow rapidly under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Figures seen by The Times showed the number of resignations in 2016 was more than the previous six years combined, while more than 15,465 have left since mid-December.  

Up to 7,000 members are said to have resigned last month following Mr Corbyn’s three-line whip on MPs commanding them to support the triggering of Article 50.

The numbers leaving the party could be even higher, as Labour’s systems record active resignations in real time but lapsed memberships only appear in the data after six months.

The leaked data showed total Labour membership at 528,180, down from a peak of 554,000 in July, but still far above the 200,000 members it reportedly had in May 2015.

Official figures are only published in the party’s annual report.

The figures are another blow to Mr Corbyn after his party slumped to defeat in the Copeland by-election.

A Labour Party spokesman said it was still the largest in western Europe and its members are ‘one of our greatest assets’.

However former PLP chairman Lord Watts told The Times: ‘I think the tide is turning.

‘I imagine people are losing heart because they can see the polls, they’re talking to their neighbours and people they work with, and are coming to the conclusion Labour is not doing well and, at this point, not convincing the public.’

More likely is the vast majority of those jacking in their membership weren’t really committed members in the first place. They simply signed up so they could vote in the leadership challenge that delivered Jeremy Corbyn into the leader’s chair.

They were never real members and shows the folly of such a stupid rule. The same sort of rule NZ Labour has.

The muppets in both parties still have failed to realise that success is not about leaders it is about delivering or having the ability or even the impression that you can deliver for voters.

Labour here and in the UK have the same affliction. They treat voters with disdain and when votes don’t go their way they blame the stupid voters, thereby ensuring they remain out in the cold with the electorate.

-Daily Mail

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