Semi-detached Labour MP John Woodcock has long looked like he was pining for the benches on the other side of the house, attacking his own leader – inaccurately – in the Commons, going on ‘secret’ jaunts to Saudi Arabia and tweeting images to defend that country’s attack on neighbour Yemen.
He was even told by colleagues to ‘cross the floor’ to those benches during a recent debate on the government’s handling of the Salisbury attack – and appeared to wilt under the pointed stare of a female colleague for his ‘contribution’:
But his latest effort takes some beating – and believing – because he has defended the besieged and despicable Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Rudd is under huge pressure to resign because of her part – along with her boss and predecessor Theresa May – in the Tories’ vile treatment of ‘Windrush generation’ citizens from the Caribbean.
Black and minority communities are outraged by the Tories’ racist behaviour – but Woodcock thought it would be appropriate to tweet:
This government is the most right-wing in generations, going to lengths even Thatcher balked at – but Woodcock considers she’s more aligned to ‘Labour’, presumably his version of it, than those who might replace her.
Labour right-wingers used to love saying – against all the evidence – that Labour under Corbyn was not an effective opposition. But it seems Mr Woodcock has forgotten what opposition is about.
In the TV business, ‘jumping the shark‘ refers to the moment when a series goes too far in stretching credulity in its plot lines and shows it’s no longer viable.
Mr Woodcock – already the subject of a complaint from his own local members for his behaviour and of a pointed poem by former children’s Laureate Michael Rosen for his arrogance about Jewish people – has been furiously self-marginalising for some time but surely this shark-leap consigns his credibility and career to deserved oblivion.
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