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As voters swing to Labour under Corbyn in many council by-elections the desperation of careerist Blairites grows.
One such, Philip Collins (right) had an article published in The Times today. Collins, Wiki reveals, for years an equity strategist at two investment banks before becoming chief speech writer for prime minister Blair, is now chief leader writer for The Times.
Eerily reminiscent, in appearance and motivation, of Jane Austen’s Mr.Collins, he notes that voters are turning away from the two main parties – “in 1979 the Tories and Labour between them polled 80% of the vote, in 2015 it was just 67% – and adds “A new party led by sufficiently untarnished figures could conceivably capitalise”.
With ‘untarnished’ figures – such as Peter Mandelson . . .
“Who can play Roy Jenkins, the éminence grise with experience of Brussels? Why, Peter Mandelson, of course. Which young former foreign secretary will supply the intellectual dash? The new David, Miliband. Harriet Harman as the respected party elder and Douglas Alexander as the strategist completes the gang of four”.
But Oldham stays his hand
No, Mr Collins, to that ‘bedrock’ was added thousands of new and returning members and supporters enthused by Jeremy Corbyn’s principled honesty, giving 62% of the vote, nearly triple that of the second party, UKIP.
Collins then warns: “by next year’s party conference Mr Corbyn could have cemented his position by changing party rules” and rues:
“A new party would have no base in local government unless all its councillors resigned the franchise on which they were elected. It would, at least at first, have no activists, no infrastructure and no headquarters. The governing institutions of the Labour Party would be duty bound to stay where they were and, with no trade unions moving.”
A challenge to Corbyn?
And, adds Collins. “Mr Corbyn may not prove as meek, in those circumstances, as many of them suppose”.
We also add what he was surely thinking: that the thousands who have seen the prospect of a better Britain will also continue to support this leader and, against such ongoing electoral support, mainstream politicians and corporate vested interests are impotent.
Tags: a better Britain, Blairites, corporate vested interests, Danny Alexander, David Miliband. Harriet Harman, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Party, Oldham by-election, Peter Mandelson, Philip Collins, UKIP