They’ve had everything they wanted in this election, they had the leader they wanted, the NEC they wanted, the manifesto they wanted, they even had the Brexit policy they wanted and they had the headquarters they wanted says Wes Streeting of Corbyn, Burgon and the outriders. Streeting says the Labour Party has to relearn the painful lesson that “hard-left politics” does not survive contact with the voters. Wes Streeting says the party needs to return to the mainstream. Unfortunately for Wes, the mainstream of his party has gone far to the left.
A disgruntled Labour staffer emails:
Party staff were divided into two camps during this election. Those who had fought election campaigns before 2017, and repeatedly warned that the data pointed to massive losses, and those whose political education starts and ends with Corbyn, who believed blind faith and winning the Twitter war would see Jeremy propelled into Number 10. There was an unprecedented mis-allocation of party resources. Activists were being bussed to no-hoper seats and concentrated in London until a fortnight ago. Staffers with no organisational experience, but the requisite ideological purity, were handed senior paid campaign roles. There was a total lack of control as Momentum directed their volunteers to seats where Momentum activists were standing.There is very little of silver linings here, except that the lions share of antisemites and their defenders will not be sat on the green benches in Westminster. Of course, the likes of Jones, Sarkar, Bastani, Blakeley and Lansman will refuse to own the failure. Cognitive dissonance pays handsomely when the broadcast media are booking talking heads willing to shamelessly parrot the Corbyn line. A share of the loss is theirs, they helped construct the fantasy and enforce hardline adherence to the dogma, and they should now be honest with party members about the part they played.This election is a damning indictment that finally proves these despicable London-living politicos and pundits do not understand the working classes and never will, and what comes next is on them.
Sounds like Labour’s centrists are in the mood for a fight, they now have 5 years to get their party back…
Speaking on ITV shortly after the exit poll was announced, Alan Johnson absolutely took Momentum founder Jon Lansman to pieces:
“I’m afraid the working classes have always been a big disappointment for Jon and his cult”
EXIT POLL: Con 368 Lab 191 SNP 55 LD 13
Hat-tip: The Joker
Having spent the day parading around the media campaigning for Labour, long-time lefty Steve Coogan took to Channel 4 last night, saying if, as a celebrity, he can “say anything that can help influence the election, you’re honour-bound to do that”.
Labour may be worrying he influenced the election in completely the wrong way, however, after coming out with classic statements like Brexiteers being “ill-informed and ignorant”, and the Tories rely on underfunding the education system as they need stupid people to boost their voter numbers. Exactly the finely-crafted messaging Labour were hoping to push the night before they attempt to cling on to their Brexit-voting heartlands…
Politics Live have been the first to confront Ashworth with Guido’s exclusive audio recording. Neither the panellists nor anyone else were buying his ‘banter’ excuse…
Ashworth has been trying to maintain that the phone call was merely banter, so Guido thought it’d be good to compare and contrast what he was saying in private vs what he’s now claiming. He maintains he will be doing further media today, so tune into Politics Live at 12.00…
Having just checked his phone before going on air to see Guido’s exclusive recording of him admitting Corbyn is a national security leak, and Labour are heading for a thrashing at the election, Ashworth was subjected to a toe-curling interview on Victoria Derbyshire.
After confirming the recording is real, the Shadow Health Secretary tried passing off the conversation as “banter”. Not a great excuse given the lack of laughter from both parties during the chat…
Guido has obtained an extraordinary recording of Jonathan Ashworth, the serving Shadow Health Minister, giving a candid appraisal of Corbyn and the Labour Party’s chances in this election. He is asked by a friend “If he got in would he be as bad as I suspect?”
“I don’t know, on the security stuff; I worked in No.10, I think the machine will pretty quickly move to safeguard security (I mean the civil service machine). But it’s not going to happen! I can’t see it happening!”
On the prospects for Labour nationally Ashworth tells his worried interlocutor:
“I’ve been going round these national places, it’s dire for Labour… it’s dire… it’s awful for them, and it’s the combination of Corbyn and Brexit….outside of the city seats… it’s abysmal out there… they can’t stand Corbyn and they think Labour’s blocked Brexit. I think middle-class graduates – remainy people – Labour’s doing well among… but not in big enough numbers to deny the Tories a majority.”
When Ashworth is told by his friend that he is trying to “work out what to put in the suitcase [if Corbyn comes to power]” Ashworth tries to reassure him
“I just can’t see it happening. It wouldn’t surprise me – for sake of argument – we held Canterbury because of sort of middle-class, Guardian-reading people, but then the Tories take Bolsover off of Labour it wouldn’t surprise me. The electoral map has being going topsy-turvey because of Brexit and Corbyn.”
On getting rid of Corbyn, Ashworth’s friend says that “Is there any reassurance you can give me as to what sensible Labour MPs could do to stop Corbyn?”
“No because we fucked it up; we fucked it up in 2016 when we went too early. People like me were internally saying ‘this isn’t the right moment’ but I got kind of ignored. But I don’t think we’re going to get there; In Mansfield, in Ashfield, it’s dire for the Labour Party up there, these traditional working areas.”
The friend asks about what would happen if the Tories win a majority government “how long would it take Labour to get its act back together and get rid of Corbyn?”
“That’s the thing that’s on our minds… I think things can change quickly; I think things change more quickly anyway now.”
Labour’s own Shadow Cabinet Health Minister hopes they lose and they can get rid of Jeremy Corbyn. In the event that Corbyn gets into Downing Street, he hopes the Civil Service machine would be able to safeguard national security from Prime Minister Corbyn. Has there ever been a situation where Labour frontbenchers hope their party loses because their leader is a risk to national security?
UPDATE: Boris comments on what Piers Morgan is describing as the “scoop of the election“
Jonathan Ashworth is saying what hundreds of Labour candidates and millions of voters are thinking. Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to be PM because he is blocking Brexit.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 10, 2019
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