Is it wise to forget disloyalty, to reward failure?

Mischief-making media and party factions are suggesting that Labour MPs who were consistently disloyal to Jeremy Corbyn and even attempted to remove him, be promoted to the cabinet.

John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow chancellor, was reported in several media outlets to be advising Jeremy Corbyn not to break up Labour’s “winning team” of frontbenchers who had given full support to him deptie the pressures from the media and the 170 Labour MPs who did not.

Fair weather friends

Chuka Umunna, the former shadow business secretary, appeared to consider the move when he spoke out about the results on Friday on TV and several other critics admitted that they had been mistaken in theor assessment of Corbyn’sd potential.

As McDonnell said: “Our shadow cabinet at the moment was a winning team. It just won effectively votes that no one predicted that we would so I don’t want to break up that winning team”.

And they proved their worth under stress when others like Umunna, Phillips, Cooper and Woodcock failed their leader – and might do so again.  

 

 

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Posted on June 12, 2017, in uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. There is a need for maximum unity at this time- that is possible if the former malcontents agree to stick to the Manifesto and ignore the wishes of their friends in the City etc

  2. Yes: a strategically minded friend added that if the malcontent were an effective operator and could strengthen the team, s/he should be invited to do so – ending “that’s politics’.

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