Corbyn supporters proliferate and careerist MPs are ‘braced’ to return to the fold
Are we seeing the last gasp of the once powerful mainstream media now on a corporate advertising life-support machine?
Despite the time and energy spent in attempting to alienate the public from Jeremy Corbyn, whose policies threaten excessive profits and therefore media income, the Financial Times’ Jim Pickard, author of innumerable sour anti-Corbyn postings, tacitly admitted defeat on September 1st .
A poll of members by YouGov this week gave Mr Corbyn a huge lead over his rival, Owen Smith, at 57% to 35% — and with only 8% undecided. Stripping out the unknowns leaves the incumbent with a 24-point lead. That is despite officials stopping new members who joined after January from voting in the contest and also striking out many leftwingers in what critics have called a “purge”.
Mr Corbyn won just under 60% of the vote in the 2015 leadership contest, since when the party membership has more than doubled — and tilted further to the left. YouGov found that the leader had majority support among all three groups of people eligible to vote: members, affiliated supporters from the unions and one-off registered supporters paying £25 each.
Careerist MPs face the facts – at last
On the 9th, Jim Pickard reported that some senior Labour MPs who resigned from the shadow cabinet en masse in the early summer are braced to go back and serve under Mr Corbyn. One said: “I do not see what the other options are. At the end of the day, we have to fulfil our role, which is providing opposition to the Tory government.”
After further derogatory surmises Pickard admitted that opinion polls point to a comfortable victory in the leadership race, thanks to a wave of new pro-Corbyn party members.
Deselection? A final thrust
He said that the prospect of such a victory has left many MPs fearing a long war of attrition as they are picked off one by one by leftwing activists in a wave of deselections.
But surely that means that constituents just vote for the person they wish to represent them. Is that not an essential part of the democratic process?