Andrew Adonis is a blairite life peer so dedicated to the good fortunes of the Labour Party and the people who depend on it that in 2015 he resigned the Labour whip to sit as a ‘crossbench’ peer with no party allegiance, having decided to serve Tory chancellor on a committee.
In July, he managed to wriggle back into the party and has now decided that he’s an expert on Labour leadership:
As someone whose loyalty to blairism – and for that matter to a Tory chancellor – has already been proven to be far stronger than his loyalty to the party, you might think Adonis would realise the wisdom of silence.
And you’d at least think he wouldn’t set himself up for a thorough schooling, which the @LabourLeft twitter account soon provided:
Of course, Attlee, Wilson and so on didn’t have a bunch of disloyal relics to deal with who have no compunction about whining and briefing to a hostile media, either. So Corbyn’s surge up to the General Election – and continuing since to be well ahead of the Tories – is a triumph of integrity and popular will over disloyalty within and unprincipled media without.
Corbyn’s performance has so terrified the Tories that many are saying that the only thing that matters now is stopping him. Changing leader would be an act of such colossal idiocy that only those who don’t give a toss for anything but their own factional interest could even think it.
But there you go.
Adonis has since issued a string of tweets trying to justify his original statement – as well as fighting against Labour’s electoral strength on a separate front with some Brexit-based blather.
But it can’t obscure the fact that he opened his mouth only to insert a big, disloyal and counterproductive foot in it.
Par for the blairite course, then.
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