So now we know who will lead the Labour Party after the three-month election process is over.
Nominations closed on January 13, and five candidates secured enough votes to get through to the next round.
They are: Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Kier Starmer, and Emily Thornberry.
So we know that the next leader of the Labour Party will be…
The Conservative-dominated Board of Deputies of British Jews.
That’s right. All five of the leader candidates have signed up to the BoD’s 10 pledges to tackle anti-Semitism. One of those pledges – to engage with the Jewish community only through “main representative groups” as defined by the BoD is itself anti-Semitic as it denies a voice to anybody these Tories consider to be the “wrong kind of Jews”.
Other pledges may demand illegal action of the party.
And all five leader candidates have signed up to support all 10 pledges and do whatever the BoD demands.
Oh – and just so you know, at least three of the five candidates to be deputy leader have signed up to the BoD’s 10 pledges too. So it looks like the deputy leadership will be taken by the Board of Deputies of British Jews as well.
This organisation is a group of unelected (and therefore undemocratic), self-appointed political operators with an agenda to make the Labour Party unelectable. It has been succeeding quite well so far, but electing its puppets into leadership positions will put it in an unbeatable position.
So, what’s to be done?
Not a lot, it seems.
The satirists are already mocking the situation, drafting satirical job advertisements describing ways the new leader is likely to abuse their position:
To the best of This Writer’s knowledge, there’s no mechanism for the membership-at-large to reject all candidates chosen to stand in a leadership election by their elders and betters (as they clearly see themselves) in the Parliamentary Labour Party.
And, if you’re a party member, you have to ask: why not? Labour is supposed to be the party in which all members are equal.
But it seems clear that half a million party members are about to be railroaded by a couple of hundred political operators – presumably for reasons of their own.
I’m not currently a member of the party, but if I were, I would be demanding a chance to reject the Board of Deputies’ candidates before they do irreparable damage.
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