When the Exit Poll came through last Thursday night I was thrilled. Not because the Tories had won, however; because Labour had lost. Badly. Let me explain…
I had built up a resentment after suffering several weeks of scathing social-media posts from socialists, clearly biased media reporting, and outright lies spewed from disciples who worship at the altar of self-righteousness that is the Labour Party.
I was expecting to catch a whiff of the humble pie that was surely being served for supper. Oh, how I was wrong!
But what did I expect? After all, if the last ten years have proven anything, it is this- when it comes to democracy, this ‘New-Left’ aren’t interested. Between petty protests, pointless petitions, and petulant non-propriety, they have not accepted an exercise in democracy graciously since 2005:
- 2010 General Election – Protested.
- 2015 General Election – Protested
- 2016 Brexit Referendum – Protesting, still
- 2016 Presidential Election – Protested in the UK, for some reason
- 2017 General Election – Protested
- 2019 General Election – Protesting now
The only elections that seem to be acceptable have been the EU Parliamentary Elections (where the Brexit Party were the runaway victors by securing almost twice as many MEPs as the runners-up) and the AV Referendum in 2011, which induced the Lib Dems to the decade of disappointment that has developed for them. I assume because nobody really cares enough about these, but I digress…
So, what has been the response from the Labour Party since their train was derailed? There’s a double-track answer–
- the media were unfairly against Jeremy
I have had multiple migraines from morning commute radio that I’m too exhausted to revive, but the next reason is the main one.
- “It’s because of Brexit.”
Wow. Imagine Brexit being a key issue in this election. It’s not like people wanted a clear position or anything…
But seriously, this one bothers me. Jez has the most consistent anti-EU voting track record of anybody currently in the House of Commons (markpack.org.uk/153744/jeremy-corbyn-brexit/ if you want to see this condensed). Wouldn’t the ‘Brexit election’, whereby their own admission the people were voting to “get Brexit done”, have him placed far in the lead? It would have, had he been honest about his position.
I don’t agree with Corbyn. I don’t trust him, either. However, I once respected him for his consistency and willingness to push back against the establishment in his party, even at his own expense. That’s now gone, too.
So, how does the Labour plan to rebuild itself after such a crushing defeat? Corbyn is going, which is a step forward. However, McDonnell has stated that the next leader “should be a woman”. How very cosmopolitan, but it’s not very genuine…
Scotland has a female first minister. Northern Ireland has both female first and deputy-first ministers (or, will do when they decide to go to work). The UK has had two female prime ministers. The entire world is filled with great female leaders. But they haven’t come through artificial manoeuvring and puppetry. They haven’t been used as a rebound course, and haven’t been some plant to help sweep votes after a bad election. They have been organic; women who have worked hard and earned their way to the top; that is why they have been successful. The Labour party hasn’t had so much as an elected female party leader.
Cast your mind back to 2015 and the Labour Leadership election – a result which wasn’t protested! Running were two men and two women. That’s also the order in which they placed. With only 21% of the vote, Cooper and Kendall were confuted by card-carries who clambered to Corbyn.
So this plan is nothing more than political posturing, and the people should be wary.
McDonnell doesn’t want to help women; he wants to use them to help himself.