‘Hacks’ living up to term as knives sharpened
Over the past few weeks, SKWAWKBOX has exclusively been making readers aware that the right of the Labour party is preparing a move on Keir Starmer – with Yvette Cooper the faction’s likely ‘stalking horse’ and Rachel Reeves the right’s preferred replacement for the abstention-addicted incumbent.
Now it seems Starmer’s natural allies in the centrist media have also caught on – and are joining in the knife-sharpening, turning on the man who less than a year ago was their group’s blancmange-textured saviour.
The move even includes such figures as Matt Chorley, Marina Hyde and Stephen Bush – all of whom seem to have had an epiphany that Starmer can’t cut it:
Even the likes of Paul Mason are getting in on the act:
If Starmer can’t impress even that lot, his days look numbered. The main question seems to be whether enough left members have retained their membership to make his successor a left-winger – and whether the right’s plans to change nomination and election rules in their own favour will have come to fruition by the time he goes.
Meanwhile, working-class MP Jon Trickett has become the front-runner among left MPs to make the challenge. Will the left unite behind him or another genuine left-winger – or will the soft left insist on backing a Raynerite and preventing the left making a serious challenge to lead the party out of ruin?
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