So, only twenty-four hours since his election as leader of the Labour party, Sir Keir Starmer is bringing in the changes. He started by purging many Corbyn supporters from his first shadow cabinet. Former leadership challenger Lisa Nandy was appointed shadow foreign secretary, while Angela Rayner, who won the deputy leadership, becomes party chairperson. Several Corbyn loyalists either stood down or were sacked.
However, Starmer faces major problems on many fronts. Commentators, particularly those on the political left, weren’t exactly impressed. Leftwingers understandibly criticised the reshuffle, fearing claims that he is planning a wholesale purge of MPs and members who happen to disagree with his political worldview and plan to fight him.
That is just the start of Starmer’s difficulties. He also faces allegations that he won’t do enough to tackle anti-semtism, racial discrimination and political bullying. He is also under pressure to explain claims that he would work alongside prime minister Boris Johnson to form a sort of “government of national unity” to tackle the coronavirus.
There have also been reports of thousands of members and supporters were unable to get their election ballot papers, so they couldn’t cast their vote. The leadership contest was seen by many as both so dull and uninspiring that many of them either decided not to vote or quit the party altogether. As a result, the turnout was well down on the Millband (2010) and two Corbyn (2015 and 2016) contests. As I posted previously, Starmer will probably spend most of his leadership, like Corbyn and Miliband before him, trying to control the party’s huge bureaucracy.
When one sees what is happening inside Labour right now, it’s no wonder the Conservative government, in spite of their poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic, will not have anything to worry about.
Now it is down to two. No female this time. Arguably the two worst choices in current times. Whoever the Conservative party members decide, the UK is totally screwed (click on the memes to enlarge)…
In an earlier televised Tory leadership debate, Boris Johnson was mocked for failing to turn up.
The Conservatives will soon be electing their new leader, the third in five years, and will certainly become the Prime minister.
According to commentators and pundits, former Mayor of London and foreign secretary Boris Johnson is set to win. But he is not having his own way. Fellow cabinet members Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove at the time of writing seem very determined to stop him. Sajid Javid is also in the running, but do any of them actually deserve to win? The candidates all have very dubious records in office, yet they expect the party’s members to vote for any of them.
We are in the middle of arguably the worst Conservative-led government in recent memory, with former PM Theresa May repeatedly hit by one crisis after another, particularly over how they handled the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
Despite recent heavy losses in both the local council and EU elections leading to a significant loss of support, there is still a perception, both in the media and the general public, that a Labour government led by left-winger Jeremy Corbyn would be a lot, lot worse. Voters simply don’t trust him, and even the mere mention of his name seem to have put even Labour voters off voting for them.
For now, having to fight a general election is the least of the Conservatives’ worries. The new leader, when elected, will still have to deal with the much-delayed EU withdrawal agreement.
Following Theresa May’s resignation, listed below is a selection of manifestos of the leading candidates for the Conservative Party leadership.
(Via Another Angry Voice’s Twitter feed).
Remember, whoever wins out of this lot will become Prime Minister. You have been warned.
Farage has the last laugh over his critics
The people have spoken…once again.
Both the Conservatives and Labour parties get yet another good kicking at the elections to the European Parliament, the last ones that the UK will participate in. The Brexit party, led by the controversial but charismatic Nigel Farage, were clear winners, winning a staggering 31 per cent of the popular vote and gaining 29 seats, way ahead of the resurgent Liberal Democrats who finished second on 20 per cent, winning 16 seats.