We’re now being told that her challenge to Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour Party leadership will be launched on Monday, a week and a half after we were originally told it would.
We are told that this is because talks between the unions, the Labour leadership and the PLP mutineers have collapsed, but it is clear that Mr Corbyn’s opponents have walked away from the process because they weren’t going to have their way.
Now their only hope of usurping Mr Corbyn’s leadership rests with challengers like Ms Eagle.
One presumes she has been waiting for coup-supporting colleagues to whip up a rush of new members to support her, in the face of the overwhelming majority who want Mr Corbyn to continue in the role. Yesterday’s man Neil Kinnock has certainly been trying.
One aspect of this that should certainly rile Corbyn supporters is the language being used by his opponents.
Bear in mind that these are underhand and treacherous creatures who plotted against their democratically-elected leader for months and still could not launch a challenge against him in the generally-accepted way at the end of it.
First they tried to shame him into resigning with a fake claim that he had failed to attract votes for ‘Remain’ in the EU referendum campaign (in fact it has been shown that he won more votes for that side than any other party leader, and it was a failure of Conservative leader David Cameron that resulted in the victory for the ‘Leave’ camp).
Then they held a series of staged resignations from the Shadow Cabinet and support roles, then they held an unconstitutional vote of ‘no confidence’ in him that was rushed because they didn’t want their Corbyn-supporting constituency parties to have the chance to order them not to carry it out.
Then there was a series of stories that attempted to disparage Mr Corbyn in the eyes of the membership by making him look either incompetent, or cowardly, or racist – all of which have turned out to be lies.
Now it seems Corbyn-supporting members themselves are being targeted.
So you see, the people supporting Angela Eagle are not very nice. This Writer certainly does not consider them to be MP material and I doubt many other Labour members would want to be represented by them in the future either.
But the Guardian article quoted below has deputy leader Tom Watson stating that he feels “regret and profound sadness” that Jeremy Corbyn is determined to honour party members’ faith in him.
Interestingly, Mr Watson also said: “The Labour party was founded with the explicit aim of pursuing the parliamentary path to socialism.” He should be made to explain how it is possible to describe his mutinous MP colleagues as socialist, since they seem unable to display even the slightest tendency towards that philosophy.
A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn has said: “Jeremy regards the talks with trade union leaders as a vehicle to bring people together, and it is disappointing that some have walked away from them.
“Jeremy is committed to fulfilling all his responsibilities as democratically elected leader and will not betray the hundreds of thousands of people who elected him for a different direction for the Labour party and a different kind of politics.”
The rebellion against Mr Corbyn was originally described as the ‘Chicken Coup’ because almost all the participants seemed afraid to admit they were part of it.
Now it is over. It has been over for a week or more but some of the Labour turncoats are still trying to push it.
It is now a zombie coup. Or, more accurately, since there is still a large element of cowardice there…
A zombie chicken coup.
Angela Eagle is to announce a formal challenge against Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour party on Monday, after deputy leader Tom Watson announced that union-backed peace talks over a compromise had collapsed.
Watson claimed in a statement that Corbyn had torpedoed any hope of talks progressing by publicly declaring his intention to stay on as leader “come what may”.
In a statement released on Saturday morning, Watson said that with “regret and profound sadness” he had concluded that there was “little to be achieved” in continuing discussions between the unions, who are largely backing Corbyn, and key members of the parliamentary party, including chief whip Rosie Winterton and parliamentary party chair John Cryer.
It is understood that Watson has been privately asking the two key contenders for the leadership, Angela Eagle and Owen Smith, to hold back from launching their campaigns to allow further time for an agreement with Corbyn to be made.
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