Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Normally I would argue that all's fair in love and war and so anything to stick it to those inhabiting the dark side of politics is to be applauded, but the news from the UK that Jeremy Corbyn, the left wing MP challenging for the Labour Party leadership, is being backed by Conservative Party supporters under the banner of 'Tories for Corbyn'  is, I think, a step too far.

They are taking advantage of the rules that allow them to sign up as supporters of the Labour Party for just three pounds which gives them a vote in the leadership race in the belief that Corbyn's election would help cement in the Conservative's hold on power.

It's the law of unintended consequences when you act to give your grassroots membership a voice without thinking the matter through.    The NZ Labour Party has a similar rule and equally, I would oppose any similar attempt here noting also that, given the rapidity Labour has of changing leaders, you might be forever having to dig deep.

The obvious solution would be to limit the franchise to those who had been Party members for a minimum of x months but I guess that's too simple for the Chardonnay swilling effete to contemplate.

That aside.   Corbyn is on the 'left' of the Party.   First elected to parliament in 1983 the former trade union official has campaigned for a succession of left-wing causes including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Stop the War coalition and is a columnist for the Morning Star (British newspaper which grew out of the Communist Daily Worker which ceased publication in 1966).

Corbyn has been backed in his bid by Unite, the countries largest Union and Labour's biggest financial backer.  In 2010 Unite threw its support behind Ed Miliband in his successful campaign.

Could be 'interesting' if he wins.


1 comment:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


Another communists backed by the Unite union?

Does he too, evade his taxes?