So Jess Phillips has now officially withdrawn from the 2020 Labour leadership election, saying she wasn’t the leadership candidate who’d be best able to unite all factions of the Labour Party & then take Labour’s message to the country. Jess you’re in fact wrong about not being able to unite the Labour party as you’ve pretty much united the Labour grassroots in opposition to you. I heard former Labour leadership candidate Liz Blairite Kendall when appearing on BBC Politics Live say in response to Jess Phillips woeful performance at the leadership hustings in Liverpool this past weekend that it was unfair to have expected Jess to have been substantive on policy, oh so the chairperson at the leadership hustings should have asked Jess who was seeking to lead the main opposition party in this country & thus essentially the government in waiting, what colour socks does she prefers wearing or have political journalists ask her what’s her favourite variety of ice cream? Yes I realise Jess Phillips has a personality, in fact she has oodles of personality, which no one will doubt is a positive as I’m sure it’s endearing for many people, but we need somebody as Labour leader who’s a bit more then a gobshite when it comes to cold hard politics, yes Boris Johnson endears himself to people with his whole lovable roguish buffoon act but he seriously lacks an eye for detail the consequence of which has contributed to an innocent British woman to be locked up in an Iranian prison.
I’ve heard various complaints that the current Labour leadership election lacks personality & fizz to it & all in all has been pretty fucking boring. I don’t know what people expect, the candidates contesting the Labour leadership election answering questions on a future Labour government having an integrated transport whilst playing a game of topless darts or answering questions about implementing a Green New Deal whilst playing a round of crazy golf with a washing up glove on their head & having to squawk like a chicken when they miss a shot. The Labour leadership election isn’t some chavvy lame arsed reality TV gameshow here to entertain you, it’s about discussing the serious day to day politics which will affect us all, sure I’ve complained myself about this leadership election campaign being so far somewhat lacklustre, but it was never going to have the fizz & zing that the 2015 Labour leadership election had with Corbynmania & Liz Kendall who if I hadn’t known was a Labour MP I’d have thought was running to be Tory leader with the stuff she was saying.
Now Jess Phillips has dropped out of the Labour leadership contest, I guess all eyes will turn on Emily Thornberry who’s the other candidate many pundits thought wouldn’t make it through the second round of nominations & onto the final ballot. Yes Emily Thornberry does have a history in being somewhat of a gobshite prone to making gaffes but whereas Jess Phillips’s performance at the recent hustings in Liverpool was shite, I heard some passionate fire from Emily when tackling questions on hot topic issues, plus Emily unlike Jess has frontbench experience & who just loves to remind us all she’s held 7 different frontbench position & has stepped in for Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Ministers Questions. Though she might not have secured any endorsements from trade union affiliates, I’d imagine her campaign strategy has always been to get the requisite number of nominations from Labour Constituency Parties to get onto the final ballot & well after her performance at the weekend she has started to receive nominations from a growing number of CLPs & I don’t think its beyond the realm of possibility she’ll get the required 5% of CLPs backing her for her name to be on the final ballot.
Keir Starmer already has his name on the final ballot to be Labour leader after securing endorsement from two trade union affiliates, but the question I currently have about Keir is am I the only reckons he looks like marionette out of Thunderbirds? I was a little surprise to find out that Journalist & economist & Northern Soul devotee Paul Mason is backing Keir Starmer to be leader considering Paul’s politics are very much to the left even more so then myself & well just about everything Keir Starmer has been saying has been decidedly Blairite when he’s not playing to the gallery. I actually have a great deal of respect for Paul Mason being both an economist & journalist myself (if somewhat hampered by dyslexia) & I actually having something of the hots for Paul as he does seem to be a bloke’s bloke, but I wondering if Paul is backing Keir because he genuinely thinks Labour need to move to the centre ground of politics to have any chance of getting elected back into government or if he’s angling for a job as an adviser if Keir is elected Labour leader?
I see Keir was again playing to the gallery at the hustings in Liverpool with him saying he wouldn’t give an interview to The Sun during the leadership election campaign, obviously that’s going to play well to a crowd in Liverpool considering The Scum’s appalling coverage of the Hillsborough Disaster, but it’s a somewhat manipulative statement from Keir as it doesn’t rule he won’t give an interview to The Scum if elected Labour leader.
Lisa Nandy has now joined Keir Starmer on the final leadership ballot after getting the endorsements of both the GMB & NUM unions & the more I hear from Lisa Nandy the more I like Lisa Nandy. Some on the Labour left were putting it about she was a ‘Red Tory’, but from what I’ve been hearing from her I’d say that assessment is bollocks. At the Liverpool hustings she said there had been a schism between how people in London & people up north interpreted Labour’s proposed Green New Deal which was part of Labour failing to properly communicate stuff to the electorate during the GE2019 campaign, the fact Lisa Nandy is able to detect that being an issue tells me she not only has a good deal of insight but has a good deal of insight from having listened to people. The other thing which has also impressed me about Lisa Nandy in past week is she’s handled herself well when under fire in interviews with both Andrew Neil & Piers Morgan. Lisa Nandy appears to be a candidate who has both a personality & can deliver the goods on policy when up against it, if I hadn’t already publicly endorsed Rebecca Long-Bailey, I’d have endorsed Lisa Nandy.
Rebecca Long-Bailey seems to fast becoming the forgotten candidate in this Labour leadership contest, okay there was that story circulating the other day about her personal views on abortion, yeah maybe she does have moral objections to abortion but she’s not proposing to make abortions illegal so where’s the fucking problem? Jimmy Carter was personally opposed to abortion but as both governor of Georgia & US president supported a woman’s right to choose, it pretty much sounds like possibly being the same deal in regard to Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated US presidents as far as I’m concerned & as far as I’m concerned Rebecca Long-Bailey could be a great Labour leader & a great Prime Minister, she’s confident & competent & she’s saying all the right things, but where is the zing & kapow in her leadership election campaign. It’s not as if I’m expecting belly dancers & a laser light show at her rallies, but it really feels as if her campaign hasn’t got going even if she has the support of Labour activist group Momentum who were so instrumental in getting Jeremy Corbyn elected Labour leader. I know that I’m viewing a great deal of this Labour leadership contest through the prism of the mainstream news media who are decidedly biased against Rebecca Long-Bailey, but the mainstream news media were biased against Jeremy Corbyn during the 2015 Labour leadership contest yet did pick up the huge wave of support for him. Momentum really need to drum up some momentum behind Rebecca Long-Bailey because as it currently stands she hasn’t as yet gotten any endorsement from any trade union affiliates & has around the same number of nominations from Labour Constituency Parties as Emily Thornberry, could it be Rebecca Long-Bailey the official candidate of the left might not make it onto the final ballot in the Labour leadership election?