The Tories are getting desperate: Now they’ve mounted a campaign to support Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy as Labour leader, in the hope that Labour’s membership won’t.
It’s a fairly typical Tory double-bluff – they’re hoping to make Labour Party members think that Corbyn is something he isn’t, simply because they support him.
What they’re actually doing is exposing a serious weakness in Labour’s leader election mechanism – the fact that anybody can pay £3 to register as a Labour supporter and vote, including members of other political parties.
It’s a boneheaded idea that This Writer has opposed. Hopefully Labour’s current leadership will see sense and make appropriate changes. Even a vetting system to ensure that Conservative Party members can’t take part in Labour’s leader election would be a good start!
If Corbyn is elected leader, the Tories reckon he’ll sink the Labour Party. That’s why they say they’re supporting him.
But a large and vocal section of Labour’s grassroots want a left-wing candidate to raise the standard of debate from the current quibbling about nuances of neoliberalism that do nothing for hard-working people or those struggling in the grip of a merciless benefit system.
So go on, Louise Mensch – shout loud your support for Corbyn.
You won’t put anybody off – but you may unwillingly change the shape of British politics for the better.
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