2015 Was Labour’s Annus Horribilis – 2016 Will Be Corbyn’s!
LONDON: Since the General Election of 2015, the Labour Party suffered the worst 8 months of its long and varied history. Most notably; losing Scotland to the SNP and then control of the party to the extreme left. Even in the previous dark days of the early eighties – when militant tendency attempted such a coup – things were never as bad as they are now.
The Labour party have no one else to blame but themselves. It became their Annus Horribilis!
Then, early in the New Year Jeremy Corby was forced into a reshuffle after being humiliated by three senior MPs. Hilary Benn was targeted for the axe, yet survived the long, protracted negotiations by promising to toe the party line. He has lost face in all this and will now be seen as more interested in saving his career than being true to his political beliefs.
Will Corbyn read out questions from Pat, Michael and Hillary regarding job insecurity and bullying in the workplace? #pmqs
— Sir Trev Skint MP (@SirTrevSkint) January 6, 2016
But worse was to come, as Pat McFadden and Michael Dugher fell victim to Corbyn’s wrath. Simply stating the truth in the Labour party will get you terminated. Several more resignations followed, one on live TV as Stephen Doughty announced to Andrew Neil during the Daily Politics show.
Prime Minister’s Question time was only an hour away when Corbyn heard the devastating news, which explained his dreadful performance and lacklustre delivery.
Whilst tightening his grip over the Shadow front bench, the Labour leader has alienated the rest of the party with his cack-handed degradation of two of the party’s most respected and capable politicians. McFadden and Dugher are likely to build a following of excluded moderate MPs looking to exact revenge and even topple the Corbyn dictatorship. During the coming months another of Corbyn’s detractors; Simon Danczuk will be the focus of much media attention. Having disgraced himself by sending lewd texts to a 17 year old job applicant, he has been suspended from the party whip, much to the joy of Corbyn’s devotees. This is the first test of the new hard left regime that sees an opportunity to recall Danczuk and replace him with their preferred candidate, sending a chill throughout the moderate stream in then party.
With the Labour supporting press building against him, and his detractors briefing anyone who’ll listen, 2016 cannot be anything else but the Labour leaders very own, man-made Annus Horribilis!