It’s not often nowadays that one can say that the Labour Party truly stands for the country as a whole but I think it’s fair to say that right now that is the case. Unfortunately it is because, like the UK as a whole, the Labour Party is giving the appearance of being a complete shitshower which is completely buggered in every possible way.
Now, after 10+ days of resignations, letters, petitions etc. we have a stalemate. Jeremy Corbyn is refusing to budge and many of his supporters amongst the membership are determined to stand by him. His opponents within the PLP have come too far to back down, yet none of them are willing to actually put themselves forward to stand against him. They cry for “proper leadership” and then wait for someone else to make the next move. No one, least of all “lethally efficient political fixer” Tom Watson seems to have a clue how to get out of this mess, although discussions are apparently ongoing.
Personally, I didn’t vote for Corbyn, in fact I’ve always thought his election would not end well. But I wanted it to work, and I thought it only right to accept the result and give him a chance. In fact I’ve probably spent more time defending him than attacking him over the last nine months. But it’s now got to the point where muddling along is no longer an option, something has to give. And while I’m reluctant to identify with either “side” in this battle, it’s no longer possible to sit on the fence either, and it seems clear to me that in the wider interests of the Labour Party he now has to go. Continue reading