160810 Owen Smith give up plea

If This Writer can see it, so can everybody else: Here’s Wear Red’s plea to Owen Smith to give up his leadership challenge and let Labour go back to challenging Conservatives.

Have a little think about it.

After the court decision to let 130,000 new Labour Party members – most of whom are supporters of Jeremy Corbyn – vote in the leadership election in which he and Owen Smith are candidates, the result is almost universally considered a foregone conclusion.

Even if the appeal – that almost nobody in the Labour Party wants – goes in favour of the party’s NEC (we can only surmise that the decision to launch an appeal was made before the election that – this week – gave Corbyn supporters a majority on that committee), everybody still thinks Corbyn will be re-elected.

So why is Owen Smith refusing to concede?

Perhaps he has gone too far to back down. Withdrawing now may incure penalties for wasting the party’s time and money.

Or perhaps he is intentionally lengthening the moratorium on local Labour Party meetings, to ensure that nobody can pass certain motions – for example, calls for all MPs to undergo a mandatory reselection process, rather than simply being allowed to stand again until they are defeated or choose to retire.

Perhaps he is stalling for time to allow his allies – the so-called ‘moderebels’ who oppose Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – to devise a new scheme (although, let’s be honest, if they are reduced to claiming that the ‘Trots’ are behind Corbyn’s ascension, they’ve run out of ideas).

Most damning is the fact that, while Labour continues to undergo this lengthy and pointless leadership dispute, the Conservative Government is being allowed to go unchallenged – at a time when opposition is needed more than ever.

That’s not an indictment against Corbyn’s leadership – it’s a challenge to his detractors, to give up, go back to work, or clear out and make way for somebody who will.

What do you think is the reason?


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