Guest Post by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg 69

Project Corbyn, that astonishing tidal wave movement of a tiny minority of hard left activists and other entryists which swept Labour into the ocean of unrealistic economic policy and unelectable beliefs, has run aground within 48 hours on the issue of alphabetical discrimination.

Many senior Labour sources have, within the last hour, told me that Corbyn had proved he was out of touch and a complete throwback to the 1930’s by his appointment of a shadow cabinet consisting of “old people from the start of the alphabet.”

Most people believe it has been a terrific mistake to appoint a shadow cabinet dominated overwhelmingly by people whose names begin with just the first few letters of the alphabet. Is Corbyn totally unaware of the identity politics of the modern media, many are asking. One very senior former Labour Cabinet Minister told me “Look at the key figures here. Abbott, Benn, Burnham, Corbyn. That is four of the most important posts and it doesn’t take you past the first three letters of the alphabet. This is disgusting and Labour MPs simply may not put up with it. Eagle does not take us much further and her first name is Angela. Why was there no space for Umunna?”

This kind of whispering from his own benches has the ability to undermine the completely unelectable Corbyn. A great many anonymous people have told me they were hopeful that Watson would provide balance, but these hopes were dashed by the appointment of Abbott.

Significantly I tried to query John MacDonnell on this but the aged terrorist supporter kept talking about income inequality and seeking completely to avoid the genuine issues which are worrying so many formerly very important Labour MPs, and so many in the media, today.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior former Labour Prime Minister told me “I predicted the Labour Party would fall off a cliff and they ignored me. Corbyn will be out by Christmas.” It does seem that the unelectable Corbyn, who refused to answer questions on alphabet balance, has no answers to these key questions.

Laura Kuenssberg, BBC

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69 thoughts on “Guest Post by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg

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  • Suhayl Saadi

    John, at 9:15pm, today, you’d need a really big flat for all those! But I agree, it would be most fascinating. Jeremy Bentham would be very useful – he could do all the housework. There is a futuristic comedic short story in there. If I had time, I’d write it. But I don’t.

  • John Spencer-Davis

    Suhayl Saadi
    14/09/2015 10:54pm

    Lol, I like it. His flatmates would be happy, so he’d have no reason to complain.

    It’s been written already. Philip José Farmer’s “Riverworld” tetralogy explores something very similar.

    Kind regards,


  • Graham

    This is the funniest thing I have read on the internet this year. Nay, this millennium. The reactions from several of the more dimwitted regular commenters on this blog are almost as hilarious.

  • Tomq

    It’s ludicrous that she could fill the shoes of the likes of John Cole – but top journalists only have to be mouthpieces now. Norman Smith’s comments were also not impartial. The BBC are clearly running scared of being accused of being left-wing and are now working for the establishment.

  • glenn

    Comrades – The “Glenn” above at 12:08 is not “glenn/ glenn_uk” (i.e. myself) who usually posts here. Someone else has been posting using my name.

  • Beef

    Anyone who thinks this isn’t satire is a fucking plank…

    The fact that long-term contributors are undecided is a sad indictment of some of the people who post on here….

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