And now we proceed to the second round of nominating candidates in the 2020 Labour leadership election with Clive Lewis having withdrawn his candidacy an hour before the deadline in the first round of nominating leadership candidates expired & Emily Thornberry having managed to secure enough nominations amongst her colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party for her to continue with her campaign to be leader.
Just because Keir Starmer secured over double the number of nominations from Labour MPs then his nearest Labour leadership rival Rebecca Long-Bailey, don’t be fooled to think he’s odds on to be announced as Labour leader come April 4th, both in 2010 & 2015 Labour leadership contests the candidate with the largest number of nominations from Labour MPs didn’t eventually get elected as party leader, in fact in 2015 Jeremy Corbyn with barely minutes to spare managed to secure just enough nominations from Labour MPs, but it was in the second round of nominations from Constituency Labour Parties & affiliated trade unions & socialist societies where Jeremy absolutely trounced the other leadership candidates. Yes Keir Starmer has already secured the endorsement of UNISON, but you’d think that the other big union UNITE (which happens to be the union that has me as a paid up member) would be throwing its weight behind Rebecca Long-Baily considering she’s seen as the continuity Corbynism candidate & considering the support Corbyn has had from UNITE’s General Secretary Len McCluskey as well as the average rhetoric of McCluskey’s speeches, but there’s a rumour circulating that McCluskey might have UNITE back Lisa Nandy, now I don’t know if this isn’t just a rumour being put about by the mainstream news media as a means of shit stirring but if it were true I do think it would be bad (then some) for Rebecca Long-Baily’s leadership bid.
Whilst rumours circulate about whether Len McCluskey might have UNITE endorse Lisa Nandy rather then Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy herself has made a speech which has caught some media attention because in that speech she said “If we do not change course we will die & we will deserve to”, yeah okay but what the fuck does that really mean?!?! We all fucking know Labour has to change direction, but we need some fucking details from each candidate as to what direction they think Labour needs to take to be relevant & get back into government, we need skin on the bone not vague broad strokes. Keir Starmer has said he wants Labour to be as radical in opposing austerity as it has been with Jeremy Corbyn as leader though I kind of think there was some playing to the gallery in the speech he gave in which he said this & from the response of Labour members I’ve seen they’ve seriously not bought into believing what Starmer has said, Jess Phillips has said something about free universal childcare & possibly supporting a Green New Deal, but its generally the same gobshiteness with Jess Phillips as ever, yack, yack, yack, yack, bullshit yack. It’s because Jess Phillips has been all yack, yack, yack, be bitchy about Jeremy Corbyn to get attention, yack, which is why I think she’ll get zero endorsements from any trade unions & I’d be very surprised if she’ll get the required 5% of CLPs endorsing her to get onto the final ballot.
Emily Thornberry now seems to be plagiarising Jess Phillips’s ‘rubbish Corbyn & Corbynism’ act which is why I don’t think she’ll get fuck all endorsements in the second round of nominations, because though there might be a great deal of hostility in the country towards Jeremy Corbyn there’s still an awful lot of love for Jez within the party, but at least from what I know Thornberry unlike Jess Phillips isn’t trying to sign up her mates to sway the outcome of this leadership election. Remember back in 2015 the Blairite right of the party were having screaming abdabs about people signing up in their droves to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, remember how there was a Panorama documentary about it all being nefarious etc, yeah well Jess Phillips is now doing no different in trying to get people to sign up as Labour members or supporters so they can vote for her, now there’s nothing against the party rules in her doing so but this is gross fucking hypocrisy because as her support is coming from the Blairite right of the party who objected 5 years ago to us Corbynistas having done so, despite the fact it was Blairite right who brought in the rules on membership & voting in party elections.