Labour's bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn is daft - and here's why

Labour’s bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn is daft – and here’s why

Labour’s bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn is daft – and here’s why.

The party has launched its process to choose a new candidate for the Islington North Parliamentary seat that Corbyn has held since 1983, after Keir Starmer arbitrarily expelled him from the Parliamentary Labour Party and ordered that he could not be reselected as a Labour candidate.

Apparently Labour has moved on since losing the 2019 general election. The BBC article about the new selection process repeats the claim that Corbyn presided over Labour’s worst loss since 1935, but this is clearly untrue; Tony Blair won the 2005 election with nearly a million fewer votes than Corbyn had in 2019 – gaining 355 seats, which is just 10 fewer than Boris Johnson had in his “landslide” (BBC language again).

Corbyn’s 10-and-a-quarter million votes in 2019 would have been enough to win other elections, clearly.

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The problem in 2019 was that his opponent – Johnson – was a media-created cult figure, and the mainstream media were backing him to the hilt, even though he was quite clearly a useless buffoon and a crook who was incapable of getting anything right on his own.

But there it is; Labour has moved on from policies that won it more than 10 million votes and the MP who achieved that win.

It is now looking for someone to replace him, and the front-runner is former journalist Paul Mason.

The reaction among the commentatorati has been hilarity:

And it may all be academic.

If Jeremy Corbyn stands as an Independent candidate, then nobody else standing in Islington North will have a chance.

Some are saying that he has already declared his intention to do so…

… but I have yet to see an announcement from the man himself.

Meanwhile, a new organisation has arisen to promote left-wing Independent candidates:

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