The Leader’s Position
I think some sort of response to the handful of members and supporters who have suggested that they would be in favour of a change of leadership is in order.
I am not going to dispute their right to think whatever they wish about Jeremy, his abilities and his charisma or lack of it. I have never made a deity of Labour Leaders and would probably not give any of them more than 7.5. To most I would award much less.
But I have never resorted to the totally underhand and contemptuous behaviour in seeking to remove a leader that we have witnessed this week. I have always believed that politics should be a matter of debate and principle. But that has been thrown out of the window by the majority of the PLP this week.
Whatever members of the Party's views of Jeremy Corbyn I would have expected them to behave in an honest and principled way in raising any criticism. The PLP for the most part have failed to do that and should be condemned by all members of the Party whether they agree with the views expressed by the PLP or not.
The way they have behaved this week makes Brutus and Cassius appear like honourable men. The members of the PLP fully deserve condemnation from every member of the Labour Party for their behaviour in seeking to depose an elected leader of the Party.
Whilst I was on the District Council and a member of the Labour Group, if I had behaved in the manner of the PLP to attempt to unseat the Leader of the group, I would have rightly expected to receive wholesale condemnation from the members of this CLP, and probably to be expelled. It is no way to behave.
I suppose when those in favour of Jeremy standing down refer to charisma they are harping back to halcyon days of Blair.
Are they conveniently forgetting that during that enchanted period the Labour vote in General Elections fell by well over 3 million? Are they subject to amnesia in forgetting that Labour lost control of endless local authorities and has not to this day recovered all those losses?
When they question Jeremy's lack of charisma can they deny that currently Labour Party membership is at its highest since god knows when, while under Blair it fell to an historical low?
It does seem to me that some people have a rather elastic definition of charisma or how to measure it. When they say Jeremy is incapable of winning a General Election for Labour are they just looking into a cloudy crystal ball.? Or are they singing to the same prayer sheet as Progress, Blair, Mandelson, Campbell and their puppets in the PLP?
The briefing against Jeremy began the day he won the overwhelming majority of Party members. In the lead up to the Oldham by election they trumpeted in unison, if he loses that he has to go. Labour won the by-election with an increased share of the vote.
Then the same message was murmured quietly to the press in advance of the local council elections. Significant losses and Jeremy must go they whispered in dark corners to BBC correspondents. Well we won London, and didn't do too badly elsewhere, so they had to retreat for a bit as they turned their attention to the Euro referendum. But they weren't exactly willing to wait for the results.
Three weeks ago in the Daily Telegraph, of all papers, they announced their intention to get rid of Jeremy. They weren't going to wait until the result was known they had already orchestrated their intentions and their willingness to engage in any subterfuge whatsoever to achieve that result. Not surprisingly Brexit was deemed to be entirely Jeremy's fault and with supposed justification, MP after MP sneaked before the BBC cameras to heap the blame on the Leader.
And didn't those MPs do so well to promote the Remain cause in their constituencies? With just one or two exceptions those MPs represented seats which had voted decisively for Brexit. Did they accept any blame for that themselves? No it was all Jeremy's fault? Did they have any criticism of the LabourIn campaign led by Alan Johnson? No, because it was predestined that whatever happened on June 23 would be all Jeremy's fault. After all they couldn't blame one of their own Blairite MPs could they?
I can give some credence to the views of any who might wish to question Jeremy Corbyn. But I would equally ask them to recognise:
1. Jeremy won the leadership election in a campaign which he and his supporters conducted in a principled and honest manner. That contrasts completely with the manner in which the majority of the PLP have sought to depose him.
2. Labour's prospects in the next General Election have been dented more by the actions of the MPs than anything Jeremy could have done, or not done, during the election campaign. If they do succeed in imposing a new leader on the Party, that leader will have a huge task repairing the damage done by our supposed representatives in Parliament.
3. Within the Party any arguments should be promoted and resolved with a respect to truthfulness and honesty. This week, and probably for some time previously, the MPs who have sought to unseat Jeremy have sought to spin the truth until it is unrecognisable according to a bible written no doubt by Alastair Campbell or one of his minions. Any respect for truth has been stage-managed out of existence.
If those who have lost faith in Corbyn disagree with any of my three conclusions I will happily enter into respectful debate with them.
Bob Cartwright.(Local Member)
|Liam Young (@liamyoung)|
Interesting from YouGov. 54% of Labour voters think Jeremy should stay, while 35% think he should resign. And that's voters, not members...
An article in The Canary which is an interesting read: (Click on the link below )