Labour is in the midst of a leadership contest. All ballots must be returned by Wednesday 21 September at midday and the result will be announced at a Special Conference on Saturday 24 September in Liverpool. Corbyn is guaranteed to win. So what is really going on?
All political parties can only work if they are broad churches. In the Conservative Party some MPs are royalists, some (few) republican, some MPs are Zionists, some support the Palestinians, some are Brexiteers, some are Bremainiacs. And so on. Yet they all work together for the common cause of running Britain as well as it can possibly be run.
Corbyn is different. He is a dictator. He is right on every single issue and everyone else is wrong. He will not tolerate any deviation from his line. He demands absolute loyalty. Which is ironic and massively hypocritical when you look at the hundreds of times that he himself has rebelled against official Labour policy. And his attitude is totally incompatible with running a political party. So Labour with him in charge is guaranteed to fail at everything it does.
But Corbyn has massive support from Labour Party members. A lot of these are the 16.5% of the population with an IQ of less than 85. Many are personal failures who blame capitalism for their own ineptitude. Many totally lack critical thinking and have been brainwashed by our extreme left wing education system and the BBC. And very many are Conservative entryists doing their bit to destroy the Labour Party.
But amongst the elected Labour MPs, whose job is to represent their constituents, not some ridiculous dogma, he is very unpopular indeed. Only a handful are dim enough to support his extremism. And a few more will go along with it for personal advancement.
The Labour Party membership and the Labour Party MPs in Parliament are totally at odds with each other and the split, the chasm, is so vast that it cannot possibly be fixed. And both sides know this. Tom Watson has spent the last few months trying to repair things but he was just wasting his time. The Labour Party will become two (or more) parties this year. Some Labour MPs may well defect to the other parties. Many of them have more chance getting re-elected as a Conservative or UKIP. But the vast majority will form a party separate from Corbyn and his extremists. Everyone is preparing for this inevitabilty and some are openly talking about it.
So why are they having the leadership election then, with Corbyn guaranteed to win? Basically they are maneuvering for how the cake will be divided when they split. And there is a lot of cake to divide. Donors, trade union support, party apparatus, membership lists, buildings all around the country, party affiliations and so much more. The crown jewels of the Labour Party. Obviously both schisms think all this rightfully belongs to them. The Corbynistas think that more support amongst members gives them the right to everything. The “rebels” think that because they have very many more MPs that the assets are theirs. Especially as the SDP in 1981 largely failed because they didn’t take any party assets with them.
The divide has exposed just how bitter and nasty the left is in British politics. There has been industrial scale threatening, bullying and intimidation of everyone, especially female MPs, who doesn’t support Corbyn’s extremism. Corbyn and his acolytes say in public that they are against this, but it is difficult to believe. They are extremist nutters with a very narrow world view who know that everyone else is wrong. Their whole philosophy is based on being nasty to others.
All this is brilliant news for the future and well-being of Great Britain and its people. We are guaranteed a Conservative victory at the next General Election. And the Conservatives run Britain very well indeed, whereas Labour have massively screwed up just about everything every single time they have had power.
The ideal solution would be for Labour to self destruct and for UKIP to become the opposition after the next General Election. This would cut out the cancer that is socialism from British public life. Something that every educated person wants.
This post was originally published by the author 26 July 2016: http://www.bruceonpolitics.com/2016/07/26/labour-leadership-contest/