by Les MayRECENTLY at a fund raising event John McDonnell, Labour Shadow Chancellor is reported to have denounced those seeking to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn saying, 'They have been plotting and conniving. The only good thing about it, as plotters they are fucking useless'.
Now having said much the same thing myself a couple of days ago I am unlikely to disagree with this sentiment, though I would not have given the media a stick to be me with by using those exact words!
Just how useless they are can best be seen by watching them toy with the idea that the best way to proceed is to field a second candidate and so split the anti- Corbyn vote. But as a Labour voter happy with the direction in which Corbyn is trying to lead the party I would say that wouldn't I?.
So what do other people think?
Two days ago Matthew Norman writing for the Independent attached the sobriquet 'Tiny Tears' to Angela Eagle and yesterday Richard Godwin wrote in the Evening Standard:
'With the best will in the world, if the answer to Labour’s woes is Angela Eagle in a fuchsia blazer — capable and honourable politician though she may be — then you have to wonder at the phrasing of the question.'
As for Owen Smith, who is being talked up as a 'soft left' candidate by people who think we Labour voters are soft headed, this is what Guido Fawkes had to say, 'Owen Smith is hoodwinking people on the left of the Labour Party into believing he is one of their own. Nothing could be further from the truth. Smith’s nickname when he worked as a corporate lobbyist at Pfizer was “Oily Smith” because everyone was wise to his habit of telling people what he thought they wanted to hear.'
Time to remind the plotters of Denis Healey’s first law of politics: 'when you’re in a hole, stop digging.'