It’s true – reporters from the Torygraph think the mutiny by right-wing Labour MPs is over after Jeremy Corbyn refused their calls for his resignation for 11 days.
Readers of This Blog may recall that This Writer correctly predicted the fate of the coup, several days ago. It was over then, really. Ever since, the best description would be “zombie chicken coup”.
But I can’t help noticing that nobody in the Labour Party is named in the Tory rag’s report, meaning there is no solid evidence that it is accurate.
For that reason, I would urge supporters of Mr Corbyn to remain vigilant. Shocks have been known to happen after people relaxed for a moment.
And in any case, it will take a while for the aftershocks of the last 11 days to subside. Many Labour MPs have made terrible mistakes; some have killed their careers stone dead, and all of the mutineers are likely to face the wrath of their Constituency Labour Parties – whose members will rightly feel abused by their representatives’ high-handed belief that they could dictate to party members.
For example: Tessa Jowell is now facing accusations that she has fabricated a claim of homophobia against her fellow mutineer Angela Eagle’s Wallasey CLP.
She claimed that, at the meeting when that CLP told Ms Eagle to support Jeremy Corbyn and not support the attempted coup, Ms Eagle was subjected to homophobic abuse.
However – well, here’s the chair of Wallasey CLP to put that matter straight:
Many stories have been circulating to suggest that the coup, such as it was, has been masterminded by a PR firm named Portland. This Writer does not subscribe to that view. But it is entirely possible that such a firm may have been hired by those behind the rebellion, to manufacture such stories, to order, as a way of undermining Mr Corbyn and his supporters. There have certainly been a large number of them, and the Labour leadership will need to find out exactly what the real story was.
At the end of the day, we know that Labour MPs were acting in bad faith, committing acts of treachery against the party leadership and their own constituency parties, lying about both, and generally lowering Labour in the estimating of good people everywhere.
Not only have these people hindered the party’s chances of winning elections, solely because they dislike Mr Corbyn’s – and the wider party’s – policies, but they have brought it into disrepute with their constant defamatory attacks – and possibly by sabotaging their own work while members of the Shadow Cabinet.
That cannot be tolerated. These people are to be weeded out and subjected to punishment – if not full expulsion from Labour. It might be best for the ringleaders to own up now.
Labour rebels are in retreat after admitting that Jeremy Corbyn cannot be removed and would “win easily” if a leadership election is triggered.
One senior Labour MP said: “It’s finished” as it emerged that lengthy talks between union bosses and Tom Watson, the party’s deputy leader, had failed to find a solution to the deadlock.
MPs have now pinned their hopes on a challenge by Angela Eagle, despite many believing that she will not beat Mr Corbyn because of his support among members.
It follows weeks of stalemate between the Labour leader’s office and MPs who want to see Mr Corbyn step down without having to trigger a leadership campaign.
One senior MP told The Telegraph: “It’s finished. He will win easily in a second contest if he is on the ballot, it’s everything we wanted to avoid.”
They added: “He is losing support of the membership by the day, there is no doubt about that, but they just sign up new members to replace them. He is Teflon in that sense.”
A Labour MP told The Telegraph: “There are more talks planned, but when one side’s red line is that Jeremy stays in post and the other side says he has to go, it is impossible to find a compromise. It’s done.
“It’s no good. It’s possible that the PLP would consider some kind of executive role for Jeremy if he were to stand aside as leader but his team just won’t consider that option, they know where the power lies.”
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