Vote has no force – and reaction of public to most of those posturing would be ‘who?’ But attempt will galvanise the real Labour grassroots
Unelected peers intend to attempt a no-confidence motion in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as the Lords phase of ‘Project Anaconda’ continues.
The vote has no more force in Labour’s rules than the ill-judged ‘chicken coup’ vote of 2016 – and is even less relevant, as no peer can mount a leadership challenge.
The Lords’ contingent of the Labour Party is even more right-wing than its MPs, as it contains an array of Blairite relics ennobled by Blair or Brown – and they are well aware that Corbyn intends to abolish the unelected chamber under his government, so this is pure posturing and cynical self-interest.
It’s also a perfect demonstration of the cowardice and weakness of the so-called ‘centrists’. The only reason all this is being done by peers is that right-wing Labour MPs are terrified of democratic chickens coming home to roost in Labour’s ‘trigger ballot’ process when it opens shortly. That process will give members the opportunity to start deselecting MPs who are undermining the party and ignoring the needs of millions – including millions of children – in poverty and oppression for a Labour government, so those MPs are desperately hiding until it is over.
Where peers are unelected, Corbyn of course has an overwhelming democratic mandate, both as the twice-elected leader of the party and as the leader who took Labour to its biggest general election gain in over seventy years in 2017. This attempt by laughably-termed ‘moderates’ to trample democracy is what privilege and entitlement looks like in all its ugliness.
But those still trying to remove Corbyn are, as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell memorably described them, “f***ing useless” as plotters. Each attempt to topple him has only strengthened him and galvanised Labour’s grassroots – and this latest self-important fiasco is likely to outperform all its predecessors in that regard.
So perhaps the most appropriate response should be: “Thanks, Lords and Ladies!”. Of course, this should ideally be said to them as they’re ushered out of the party, but abolishing their gravy train will do.
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