By Joe Audritt
After the recent by-election loss in Copeland all fingers are once again pointing at Jeremy Corbyn, with just about everyone wondering – when will he go?
I am not sure Corbyn wants the death of the Labour Party on his CV, contrary to his performance as leader to date. The problem for Labour is who exactly would they replace him with?
I had been led to believe the Labour Party was to speak for the working man. Who in the Labour Party really appeals to the working man?
Let’s take a look…
The Shadow Home Secretary, Abbot (63), certainly does not endear herself to the working class who voted for Brexit by smearing them all as racist.
She does not come across well on television either. Most notably on the MarrShow, sat opposite Nick Robinson, leaning forward in a parody of a passive aggressive posture while glaring intently at him.
Bless her, the MP for Wallasey, Eagle looks like a gust of wind would send her flying. Her only recent value that I’m aware of to the party is to be a sacrificial lamb in the Labour leadership election to Owen Smith.
MP for Pontypridd, Mr Smith, was the best that Labour could come up with to defeat Jeremy Corbyn, and just what was his appeal? Well, he took all the same positions as Jeremy Corbyn, position that did not appeal to the working class, but he was younger and more media friendly.
Mrs Phillips, who sits on the Women and Equalities Committee, has been ”tipped as a Labour leadership candidate” – if you believe the heavily PR infiltrated press. Jess has a fire and energy that I admire immensely. Trouble is she uses that energy simply to keep the chip on her shoulder warm.
Phillips laughed and scoffed at Phillip Davies for bringing up men’s issues during a committee meeting. A knee jerk lapse she regretted when the issue Davies brought up where health issues like prostrate cancer and suicide.
If the roles had been reversed and Davies had laughed at the idea that women’s issues should be a topic of discussion she would have called for his testicles to be euthanised and lobotomised.
Rather than be a voice of the working class, she has chosen to agitate gender relations. Although you could perhaps argue she has actually united men and women, in their dislike for her.
Baroness Chakrabarti is portrayed as the absolute paradigm of virtue. She is young, very photogenic, and has an air of competence.
The trouble with this is when she received a peerage after releasing a report on antisemitism in the Labour Party described as a ‘white wash’. She then looked very awkward when questioned about the timeline of events by Andrew Neil.
The Shadow Chancellor, while seemingly a very sweet man, comes across as a devout worshiping of Corbyn as if he is the next Lenin sent to lead them to a revolution.
This is not likely an attitude that will catch on with the working man any time soon.
I am not sure the Shadow Foreign Secretary is there to do anything other than recite the party line. A tricky task, currently, since no one actually knows what the party line is. I am not sure that her loyalty to this futile task is going to convince anyone that she has great leadership skills.
Her public persona is not enriched either after appearing on Sky News crying sexist when her incompetence was highlighted by Dermot Murnaghan.
She again alienates herself further from the working class by asking a Question Time audience, in the wake of Brexit, who was it who voted to steal their neighbors’ job? This did not go down well.
She is also a lawyer which makes her part of two groups of the most hated and distrusted people in society: politicians and lawyers. If she ever does some part time banking she will have earned a hat trick of hatred.
You know, he may be a socialist yahoo but Corbyn might just be the best of the bunch.