Thursday, June 30, 2016
Downing Street Cat demands Corbyn resignation?
Yesterday Progress-supporting local Councillors began scraping the bottom of their own barrel by cobbling together a list of elected representatives prepared to call for the 'decent' Jeremy Corbyn to stand down 'for the good of the Party.'
This list will be published to much fanfare, as will accompany every other stone the right-wing and the establishment can find to throw at the leader who was the overwhelmingly popular choice of Labour Party members and supporters just a few short months ago.
After the list of Labour Councillors what next? Labour Lords perhaps? Former EU commissioners with a Labour connection? The pets of Labour Parliamentarians?
We have a Rule Book. It sets out how a challenger (but clearly not an incumbent) needs to round up sufficient nominations from Members of Parliament (or of the European Parliament) to force a vote according to a procedure endorsed very recently.
Corbyn will not resign. Now we have to make sure that he is re-elected. In UNISON our position will be determined by our Labour Link structures (because those are our rules). Last year the decision making process was informed by member consultation which showed decisive support for Corbyn.
Ultimately however, the votes of each Party member, affiliated and registered supporter (each with equal weight) are a matter for the individual.
So - if you want to support Jeremy Corbyn the best thing to do is to join the Party right now (and the second best is to become an affiliated or registered supporter).
Anyone who stands on the sidelines now is ducking the biggest political issue confronting our movement at this moment and - objectively - are siding with the Downing Street Cat (who, your blogger can exclusively reveal, has joined his owner in calling for Corbyn to go - it sounded like a miaow but for the BBC Laura Kuesenberg knew what it meant apparently).
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