Labour General Secretary Runners and Riders

Iain McNicol is in the process of being purged – see Guido’s report on how he hasn’t yet formally resigned and wants to guarantee a peerage and big pay-off. A Corbynista will surely be the next Labour general secretary. As ever, Guido gives you your runners and riders…

Jennie Formby: The Unite fixer – and Len McCluskey’s baby momma – is the early favourite. She is a vice-chair of Labour’s NEC and sits on the panel that decides the timetable for the appointment. Obviously she is not recusing herself

Lucy Anderson: Labour MEP and hardline Corbyn supporter. Being tipped by Corbynistas who want a woman to take over.

Andrew Murray: Seumas Milne’s old comrade, an infamous communist and Stop the War agitator who once argued that Stalin was preferable to the West. See his greatest hits here. Was in Labour HQ for the election and Corbyn has just re-hired him as a part-time consultant, could he be looking for something more full-time?

Jon Lansman: Momentum chief, tipped for the job when the Corbynistas last tried to do in McNicol. Though he’s not universally popular in the leader’s office and may have to be content with a place on Labour’s NEC.

Lisa Johnson: The GMB union candidate. Surely too conciliatory a choice. 

Paul Mason: Outside shot. Has long coveted high office in the Labour Party and has some very strong ideas about how to change internal party structures. Leader’s office will probably want someone less mental.

Matt Zarb / Aaron Bastani job-share: What about skipping a generation and choosing two younger Corbynistas for the job? Bastani is a former anarchist so used to shared leadership.

Good luck…




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Jeremy Corbyn in the Evening Standard

“… we must also face the uncomfortable fact that a small number of our members and supporters hold anti-Semitic views and attitudes, which need to be confronted and dealt with more rapidly and effectively.

The evidence is clear enough. Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

So let me be clear. People holding those views have no place in the Labour Party.

… we have not done enough to get to grips with the problem, and the Jewish community and our Jewish members deserve an apology. My party and I are sorry for the hurt and distress caused. … We must strive to understand why anti-Semitism has surfaced in our party…

… when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government uses anti-Semitic ideas — attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis — then a line must be drawn.  Anti-Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists. But there are also a very few who are drawn to the Palestinian question precisely because it affords an opportunity to express hostility to Jewish people in a “respectable” setting. Our movement must not be a home for such individuals.

Second, there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about “Jewish bankers” and “sinister global forces”.

These views do no service to the struggle for a just society.”

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