There’s a bit of panic among some Labour supporters who watched John McDonnell’s interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this morning that McDonnell said he and Corbyn would resign if Labour lose the General Election.
What really happened was that the show was replaying some poorly-flagged old footage of McDonnell talking about what the pair might do if Labour lost an election in 2020.
What McDonnell said was that, as Labour are looking to win the election, it’s not relevant.
In fact, the SKWAWKBOX spoke to a highly-placed Labour source who told this blog that the issue was ‘decided within twelve hours’ of May calling the election on 18 April and Corbyn is going nowhere.
This is the news that the vast majority of Labour supporters want to hear. Neil Kinnock fought and lost two elections before he resigned. Corbyn has barely had five minutes in the job without the right-wing faction of the Labour party trying to undermine him – and barely thirty seconds, before the election was called, of even remotely balanced treatment from the mainstream media. He’s entitled to more time to get his message across to the population – and, as recent polls have shown, as soon as he has chance to do so, the gap between Labour and the Tories closes rapidly.
And of course, no supporter of Corbyn’s vision for the Labour party will countenance for a moment the thought of him stepping down until rule-changes are achieved to make sure they always have a good left-wing candidate to vote for – and elect, since the right knows a left candidate will always win and are therefore trying desperately to prevent one being on the ballot in future.
If you heard the supposed news about resignations this morning and your heart sank, take a breath.
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