Now that Corbs has secured the support of most of the rest of the party, it’s time for New Labour to make the last rolls of the dice when it comes to their ill-fated quest for minority factional supremacy.
Yvette Cooper put all her chips on the long shot Laura K this week, saying that she was sick to death of the vitriol directed at the Tory propagandist.
This story from the Times, summarised by Skwawkbox, might be even more amusing.
How long has the Tony Blair Fan Club got left before folk stop taking it seriously?
According to the Times, a group of mostly worn-out old ‘moderates’ are ready to step down to trigger by-elections they hope will punish Labour members for wanting to remove some of their bright (seriously) young allies via that dread word, ‘deselection’:
The insider said: “Any attempt by the hard left to increase their stranglehold over the party will backfire. There are a number of older MPs who are serving their last term and were planning to stand down before the snap general election who would be prepared to go, triggering by-elections. In marginal seats, that could be particularly damaging to the leadership.”
This is most likely either right-wing posturing or Murdoch stirring. But if it’s true, it amounts to “If you lefties try to get rid of us, we’ll make you pay. You just watch – we’ll leave! See what you do then, commie!”
This is the blairite equivalent of the famously funny ‘suicide squad’ in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, who come to ‘rescue’ Brian by killing themselves to spite the occupiers.