Sunday, September 13, 2015


achieved a resounding victory with close on 60% of the vote in the first round of voting.    Interesting to me and, unlike NZL, the breakdown of votes published on the British Labour Party website did not isolate out the MP vote.   That would have been instructive.   Corbyn just scraped up the 35 MPs required to nominate but a number of those said publicly that they had no intention of voting for him on the day ... they did it to make a contest.   Some contest ... act in haste, repent at leisure.

Corbyn's vistory has already been welcomed by the Communist Party of Britain here and by the hard left wing Morning Star newspaper (where Corbyn is a regular columnist) here.    His election has been endorsed by 'Red' Ken Livingston (ex Major of London) and by the utra maverick ex MP George Galloway, founder of the political party Respect, who said that he will now rejoin Labour.   Within the Parliamentary Labour Party reaction has been swift.    Yvette Cooper, one of the leadership contenders said she would not serve in a Corbyn shadow cabinet.   That mirrors the position of Tristram Hunt, Jamie Reed and Rachael Reeves and others who have signalled their intention to walk away from the shadow cabinet.    The fracturing has started.

Many moderates in the Labour Party view Corbyn with distaste.   He is not a team player.   Last time Labour was in power he voted against his Party a total of 238 times defying the whip (and sometimes a three-line whip). It will be interesting to see his reaction to those who do the same to him.

Corbyn attracts controversy.  He blames NATO for the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.   He wants out of NATO and for Britain to scrap its nuclear force.   He also supported the campaign to overturn the convictions of Jawad Botmeh and Santar Alami for their part in the planning to bomb the Israeli Embassy in London.   Their convictions were upheld by both the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights.   Corbyn introduced representatives of Hamas and Hezbolleh as "friends" at a parliamentary meeting.   He is a supporter of a united Ireland and voted against the Anglo-Irish Agreement.   He has proposed the segregation of males and females in railway carriages and argues for the end of tax free status for public schools.

I stand by my prediction that the big winner out of all of this will be the Liberal-Democrat Party which was almost on its deathbed following the general election.   They will be the welcome repository for disaffected Labour voters for whom a giant leap backwards into the future is not the answer.   Time will tell.


Anonymous said...

Personal observations very rarely make it into party policy. And to be fair you are spinning some of this. However to be seen to be reasonable is to be lumped into being "ONE OF THEM".

Anonymous said...

See, losers can be winners.

Anonymous said...

Alas, far to late for me. I'm now spawn of the Commie devil for pointing out unreasonable arguments.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

Anonymous said...

Thought I would just add a bit about the train segregation spin. What he said was there should be a carriage available for females who feel vulnerable through having been groped in sardine packed trains. Stories abound of young females who are packed in tight next a well dressed business man who starts rubbing his boner against them.

His renationalise the railways call has gone down well.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

Anonymous said...

JC has shown he is WINNER:

1. Has been WINNING his constituency since 1983 with increasing majority.

2. Yes he was talking to Jerry Adams etc when it was not the fashion. Leaders lead they do not follow fashion....Look who the Queen and Prince Charles spoke to:!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg

JC was a man ahead of his time - a Leader Not a follower.

By talking to the Sin Fein etc he and people like him nudged Sin Fein towards peace.

Oh look who got pally: "Ian Paisley: from Northern Irish ayatollah to Chuckle Brother"

3. Now JC wins back disaffected of Britain and WINS with a landslide his Party's Leadership.

Winner -- Winner -- Winner -- Winner -- Winner -- Winner

The Veteran said...

Gueez ... this seems to have gotten our resident 'leftie' trolls all in a tither. Ok, some of the 'truths' may be inconvenient truths but they remain truths nevertheless.

I welcome Corbyn's victory. Labour may well get a 'dead cat' bounce in the polls short term but then the corpse will start putrefying and the knife sharping start (if it hasn't already).

Psycho Milt said...

It is astonishing for someone with a radical ideology to be made leader of a major party, true. This is like if the National Party were to make Don Brash leader - imagine that happening!

Nookin said...

I think a slightly more accurate analogy would be Redbaiter without the coarseness.

The Veteran said...

PM ... and how long did be last? ... just askin.