by Robert Williams
Let’s get the expectation management done quickly. Labour is going to be decimated in the election, and likely to be destroyed as a serious party. Not convinced that I’m being too pessimistic? Well, try this.
Ask your Labour candidate, especially if he or she is a sitting MP, two simple questions. Firstly, do they have any confidence in Jeremy Corbyn being Prime Minister? As 80% of them have no confidence in his leadership and refused to serve on his front bench, leaving almost entirely without talent, how on earth can they be taken seriously campaigning to win an election for a Corbyn premiership?
Second, why did Labour MPs, with the honourable exception of 52 rebels, vote to implement Article 50, despite arguing repeatedly that leaving the EU will cause irreparable damage to the country, and hit the poorest hardest (most in Labour seats). And with a leader who has now explicitly ruled out a second referendum and thinks “Brexit can work”.
The main opposition offers no alternative to Brexit. The leader and his shadow chancellor welcome it, because they believe it will hasten the day the electorate realise their historic mistake and embrace far left socialism.
We all know about Jeremy Corbyn’s inept and incompetent leadership. For those that don’t know enough, the ,media will ensure that he makes the headlines every day, in every way. A 50 day campaign relentlessly highlighting his sympathy and support for the IRA, for Hamas, for Hezbollah, reminding us the stench of anti Semitism surrounding many of his allies, the comments he made comparing Osama bin Laden’s shooting with 911, bringing up, unprompted, the Falkland Island’s sovereignty, the nuclear submarines without missiles, the list is almost endless.
Indeed, there are enough stories about his poor choice of friends, his incompetence and his unfitness for any office to run a new story every day of the campaign.
And this is not spin, its not Corbyn’s enemies lying about him. It’s not the mainstream media making up porkies. This is the history of a man who has had unpleasant, undemocratic, sexist, homophobic, anti Semitic friends all his life.
Jeremy Corbyn a decent man? No. A thousand times no. This incompetent, unpleasant ideologue is quite prepared to see his party destroyed for his principles and his vision of a pure protest movement of like minds.
Which leads us on to another point. Corbyn supporters have made it quite clear that, even in the event of labour losing the election (and they will, it will make 1983 seem like the glory days), he will not step down. Why not? Surely even Jeremy Corbyn has some sense of shame? No, look more closely, but not much more, because the far Left have been clear on this. Parliamentary democracy and success are not the point. The goal is to secure complete control of the existing structure and machinery of the Labour Party, which is far easier to do than try and create a successful new far Left party. This they have failed to do since, well, forever.
Clause One of the Labour party rulebook says the purpose of the Labour party is to ‘maintain in parliament and the country a political Labour party’.But for Jeremy Corbyn and his few allies control of the party is about creating a new movement away from Westminster. campaigning on the streets, protesting, being an eternal student and being of utter irrelevance to the needs and wishes of the country at large.
Many Labour MPs are doomed. The Tories are targeting Labour seats with majorities of less than 8,000. They know they are going to lose, they know their leader is utterly toxic, they can’t endorse him with a straight face, they know Brexit will be a disaster, and the “harder it is, the worse the outcomes will be for their constituents.
Any Labour MP with integrity, or a sense of duty to provide real opposition to the Tories, and especially to oppose the madness that is Brexit, should resign the whip and stand as Independent Labour, Co-Operative Labour, Classic labour, anything that will restore credibility and distance from the Corbyn debacle. This is their only way out.
Because spouting absolute drivel on radio and television about “campaigning to win”, pretending even for a nano second that Corbyn as leader is remotely capable or credible, and as they face electoral oblivion, makes them look ridiculous. Indeed, to their shame, moderate Labour MPs are depriving the country of any alternative choice.
We are in a very dark place. Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out a “progressive alliance” with the Greens (who aren’t very progressive anyway) the SNP and the LibDems. And there is nothing progressive about this egotistical and mendacious fossil.
What to do dear reader? There is little we can do, but here is one small suggestion.
Vote tactically. Party politics is dead. The future of the country is far more important
Vote for one of the 52 Labour MPs who defied Corbyn’s obnoxiously hypocritical three line whip (and who hasn’t stood down in despair),
Hold your nose and vote for the LibDems, who at least understand, and are repeating it for all to hear, that leaving Europe will damage this country beyond repair.
Vote for Ken Clarke if you live in Rushcliffe. He will be a constant thorn in Theresa May’s side, as she tries to turn Britain into Turkey.
It probably won’t make a difference but you will have the very minor satisfaction of being morally right and being able to look in the eyes of the self indulgent fools who supported Corbyn, the ghastly shrills tweeting for Momentum, the Brexit suicide squads and repeat what Nick Cohen had to say. I fucking told you so
Robert Williams works in public affairs and as a journalist