Saturday, June 25, 2016
Confidence in Labour's Leader - Who should decide?
We just had a referendum in which every adult had a vote.
Some people think that the result was a tragedy.
I am one of those people.
Some people think that the leader of the Labour Party is responsible for this tragedy (although they have no evidence).
I am not one of those people.
Now two of those people (who happen to be Members of Parliament) have tried to undermine Labour's Leader.
They've done this although they have no alternative candidate. No would-be alternative leader has the courage to stick their head above the parapet (which means none of them could do a good job as a leader).
They've done this in order to prompt a secret ballot of the Parliamentary Labour Party (although this cannot constitutionally lead to an election). Our anti-Corbyn MPs want to ensure that critics can try to undermine our leader from behind the shield of confidentiality. They want to undermine our leader and our Party even though they have no alternative.
If anyone thinks that now is a good time for Labour to consider who should lead us then surely the vote of confidence should be put to the whole membership, not just the tiny fraction of the membership who sit in the House of Commons?
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