Mr Khan’s article in the Graun contains no new information – it’s the usual nonsense about Mr Corbyn being unelectable, along with the lies we all know by heart (EU, Article 50, you know the script) – but was a huge miscalculation by the man who only became London Mayor because of Mr Corbyn’s electability.
This Writer is told he only won the nomination because of Mr Corbyn’s support, otherwise Tessa Jowell would have been Labour’s candidate (and Zac Goldsmith would probably be mayor now, instead of Mr Khan.
“I believe that the will of our membership should be respected,” writes Mr Khan in his article. If that is true, then he will be reeling at members’ almost unanimous rejection of him on Twitter, where people were quickest to react.
“Sadiq Khan exploited Corbyn supporters to secure London Mayorship&now he asks people to vote for PR snake Smith? Principles made of tissue,” tweeted Jim Macred.
David White agreed: “Sadiq Khan wouldn’t have been Labour Mayoral candidate if it hadn’t been for votes of Corbyn supporters – Tessa Jowell would have been.”
And someone calling themselves ‘#Murdoch Destruction’ addressed Mr Khan directly: “You made sure you used Corbyn first to get elected. I wasted hours canvassing for you, Vote Thief.”
“This is the man I voted 4 2 show support 4 JC agenda NOT more Blairite Greed & self interest politics . Disgusted,” added Ray Woolford.
Peter Smith suggested: “The sh*tstorm from Corbyn supporters heading Sadiq’s way can be seen from space….” Amazing that Mr Khan himself didn’t see it coming or have the nous to avoid provoking it. Still, that is the ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ way.
A user calling himself simply ‘Steven’ had this to say: “I knew Sadiq Khan would turn on Corbyn sooner or later. He used Corbyn to get votes, to be mayor, then twisted the knife in afterwards.”
To some, Sadiq’s betrayal was not news. Hilda Palmer, for example, “thought Khan was in anti Corbyn group anyway despite all support Corbyn has given him”.
And here’s Parveen Agnihotri: “Sadiq Khan tells Labour to ditch Jeremy Corbyn. Hey Londoners why don’t we ditch Sadiq Khan when his term is up?”
Andy Searson: “Well that’s Sadiq Khan becoming a one term mayor! What these people don’t understand is trust and integrity are essential to win over public.”
The above are just a few tips from a very large iceberg. As I type these words, there have been 15,000 tweets on the subject.
You can bet that – apart from support from fellow MPs like Yvette Cooper, hacks like George Eaton of The New Statesman and celebs like Marcus Brigstocke – the vast majority are coming from some very, very angry and betrayed voters.
I reckon Mr Khan might have to do some very hard work simply to get to the end of the month – let alone the end of his mayoral term.
I have decided to vote for Owen Smith– because Labour party members, and the British people, need Labour to win the next general election.By every available measure, if Jeremy remains as leader, Labour is extremely unlikely to win the next general election. The hopes of the members who have joined our party would be dashed again. Jeremy has already proved that he is unable to organise an effective team, and has failed to win the trust and respect of the British people. We need to be honest and recognise that means it will be more likely that the NHS will come under even greater attack from the Tories. More likely that we will see even deeper Tory cuts. More likely that our industrial heartlands will continue to decline, and that zero-hours contracts and job insecurity will become the norm. Because the Tories will stay in power, and Labour will stay in opposition.
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