Labour’s Bitter Lemons 56


Hilarious live broadcast from Labour’s Leadership Election result. A defeated and humiliated Blairite hierarchy are the large majority of those Labour elite who qualify to get in. A hilarious bitter coded speech from the Labour General Secretary in which he sarcastically said that he looked forward o seeing the three pound supporters stomping the doorsteps like the longstanding members who had done so from years (huge whoops from the Labour establishment), and then said the ground campaign would make no difference unless they met people’s “aspirations”, the Blairite codeword No. 1 for letting the rich be stinking rich so the poor can “aspire” to get there too.

Very, very funny. 95% of the people in that room believe in nothing whatsoever that Corbyn believes in. He should beware polonium in his tea. BBC man saying he had just been told by a “senior Laboour figure” Corbyn could be ousted within a year.


56 thoughts on “Labour’s Bitter Lemons

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  • Mary

    Some creep called Jamie Reed (who he?) has tendered his resignation. Good riddance to whoever he is.*

    *Shadow health. Just looked him up.

  • Aidworker1

    Please complain to the BBC – this is ridiculous. Are you watching BBC2?

    I’ve complained already. Cristian Fraser and Jane Hill are indicating what will happen in the next few years.

  • Daniel

    “Controversial former Labour MP George Galloway has announced he will re-join the party he was expelled from 12 years ago “pretty damn quick” if Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership battle.”

    That’ll be the Tories in power for the next to decades then.

  • Techno

    Fedup: “How dare the ordinary people having a say in the process of selection of their potential prime minister?”

    You can’t run a political party or the country using people who just vote for the leader when they feel like it and couldn’t care less the rest of the time.

  • Republicofscotland

    So it begins as the Shadow Frontbench begins to resign in protest over Corbyn’s principles.

    It’s going from surreal to downright preposterous.

    The first MP to stand down over Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his resignation before the new Labour leader had even finished his victory speech.
    Shadow health minister Jamie Reed resigned from the front bench at 11.43, a minute after Corbyn’s victory was formally announced.

    In a letter to Mr Corbyn, he wrote that it had been his privilege to serve on the frontbench but he could not support his leader’s opposition to nuclear weapons.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-becomes-labour-leader-shadow-health-minister-jamie-reed-is-first-to-resign-10497820.html

  • Ba'al Zevul

    I’m full of admiration for the official/media meme, trotted out at every mention of Corbyn’s name, that he voted against his party 500 times. This is represented as disloyalty. The notion that he might have voted against the Tories, while most of his Blairite colleagues voted with them, is quietly forgotten. It needs to be remembered.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    You can’t run a political party or the country using people who just vote for the leader when they feel like it and couldn’t care less the rest of the time.

    It’s a democracy. You can.

  • Republicofscotland

    Just waiting for Murdochs tabloids to prints we backed Jeremy all along, can’t be to long to wait now.

    Ah come back Maxwell, all is forgiven, I wonder what beautiful island he fell overboard and on to.

  • Republicofscotland

    The threats of resignation just keep coming, at this rate Craig you’ll be inline for a ministerial position.

    Now many of those same modernisers are vowing to quit the frontbench if Mr Corbyn refuses to moderate his extreme policies.

    Among those refusing to serve in his team are current shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, shadow communities secretary Emma Reynolds and shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker.

    Others include shadow transport secretary Michael Dugher, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Shabana Mahmood, shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh and shadow Cabinet Office minister Lucy Powell.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3231747/New-Labour-leader-named.html

  • Daniel

    The Tories are their for them. Tristram Hunt is your archetypal Tory. Whenever I heard him on Question Time, I literally had to pinch myself that he was actually a member of the labour party.

  • Mick

    Mary,

    What makes Jamie Reed a creep for resigning? He couldn’t remain in the front bench, so he took a principled decision and resigned. If he had stayed he would have been a ‘trougher’ in your parlance.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    mong those refusing to serve in his team are current shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, shadow communities secretary Emma Reynolds and shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker.

    Others include shadow transport secretary Michael Dugher, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Shabana Mahmood, shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh and shadow Cabinet Office minister Lucy Powell.

    “I’ve got them on my list. They’ll none of them be missed, They’ll none of them be missed…”

    Seriously, apart from Hunt and Leslie, could anyone have matched those names with their positions? Or even heard of them? Excellent riddance.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    What makes Jamie Reed a creep for resigning? He couldn’t remain in the front bench, so he took a principled decision and resigned. If he had stayed he would have been a ‘trougher’ in your parlance.

    It’s a principled decision to jump before you are pushed? Not sure what the principle might be. He’s been a fairly consistent, if muted critic of NHS privatisation, and doesn’t seem to have been doing much on the side. He’s not as far as I can see anything like a trougher. It looks to me as if he’s leaving to join a caucus of his mates, intent on removing Corbyn, as much as anything else. There’d be no compelling reason for him to go: his experience would be valuable, and unless it’s personal, Corbyn might well have retained him. Curious.

  • Jim McLean

    Good for Tom and good for Jerrie,
    England’s answer to the Torries
    But up in Scotland, just like Broon,
    They’ll sing the same old Loony Tune.

  • Mary

    Reed is a Labour Friend of Israel.

    Also a supporter of Trident.

    ‘On 12th September 2015, during Jeremy Corbyn’s acceptance speech as leader of the Labour Party, he publicly resigned as shadow Health Minister giving as his reason Corbyn’s opposition to Trident replacement. The submarines which will replace the Vanguard-class submarines used as part of Trident will be built in Barrow-in-Furness, which neighbours his constituency.[4] Reed is also well known for his support of the nuclear industry. Sellafield is also in Copeland and the nuclear industry is the main employer in the area. He has frequently referred to the “17,000 individual interests” that he has in the future of the nuclear industry.’

    Notes 5, 6 and 7 on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Reed refer

  • Gauche

    Speaking of sour embittered lemons, Guido Fawkes is gloating today over the claim that 8 or 9 Labour MP’s say they would not be prepared to serve in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.

    This implies that 97% of the PLP *would* be prepared to serve in the shadow cabinet, or are at least smarter than the 8 or 9 lemons that will be wasting their time with impotent coup intrigues, prior to their resignations.

  • nevermind

    Good for those who are resigning, making space for more principled shadow cabinet members. begs the question, when will Harriet Harman join them?

    I hope that those new members will help to develop a policy program other parties can join in on, issue by issue.

    I assume that jeremy Corbyn’s spine is strong enough to grant voters in the UK, the same fair proportional; voting system that elected him this weekend.

    If this is not a/the moment to reform democracy,then we will have to wait forever.
    And if Labour’s past wretches, good afternoon Jack Straw, who used an unfair fraudulent voting system to get elected by using the established immigrant communities for their ends, want to oppose a fair voting system for the UK, then retirement might be the better option for them.

    Equally all those who don’t want to follow Corbyn, who made out they cared enough to be a candidate in a leadership race, cared for humanity and or the right sorts in their party, support Labour values or resign your seat and see who gets elected afterwards.

  • Mick

    Ah now we know why Mary thinks him a creep, his connection to Labour Friends of Isreal. What a surprise.

  • Habbbakuk (down wirh cant)

    Ba’al Zevul

    “I reckon at least 10% of the membership only decided to vote for Corbyn after Blair stuck his whiffly little nose into the debate.”
    ________________

    An article in this weekend’s edition of Le Monde agrees with you.

  • Republicofscotland

    “I realise you’re being figurative, Craig, but you see the problem is that there are some on here who are such fucking fools and paranoiacs that they will take what you said literally.

    Do you really want to be encouraging and somehow giving a lead to the fucking fools?”
    ___________________

    Habb, where does Craig mention that it’s figurative? Hasn’t this paricular attack already occured in the capital, I’m just surprised Craig didn’t also mention watch out for clowns carrying pointy umbrellas.

    Now if you had retorted with beware the government killing disabled people indirectly or rather directly, then you’d have made a valid point, you inane tosser.

  • Tom Welsh

    Isn’t it ironic that a party founded to represent the working people (i.e. the vast majority of the people) recoils in horror from a man who listens to the people and echoes their beliefs and wishes?

    “Arghhhhhhhhhhh DEMOCRACY!!!!!! Get it off me!!!!! I’M MELTING….”

  • falloch

    Please George Galloway, just stay away – you have some principles that are admirable, but right now, you’re the last thing that Jeremy needs – the ‘bloids are already gearing up for crucifixion, you’ll just supply the nails …

  • K Crosby

    It’s contemptible to gloat at Burnham et al. in their moment of pain but between you and me, I’m gloating like hell. ;O)

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