My blog has been a little neglected of late because my head has been caught up in the political upheaval that has been caused by the Brexit vote and the evil machinations of those intent on destroying the Labour party I once loved. I am agog that 174 Labour MPs have, without the backing or the approval of their constituents, decided to oust the most popular leader the Labour, or indeed any UK political party, has had in decades.
But do you know what, I no longer care that the Labour party will split, in fact the sooner the right wing hawks cross the floor and join the party closest to their own beliefs, the sooner Jeremy Corbyn's plans to assist those in most desperate need can be put into practice.
I was kicked out of the Labour Party in 2003 when I organised an anti war meeting in my town. Or at least my envelope dropping and polling station services were no longer required. I have tried desperately hard to support them since that time, but the faith was gone. If it hadn't been the war, it would have been the case of missing Madeleine McCann, I no longer suspected the newspapers lied to us, I knew it. I have no doubt the fall of Labour's Right wing will see the truth emerge. Methinks, the Chilcott Report merely skimmed the surface of what was going on behind Whitehall doors during the Blair and Brown's time in office.
I watched Jeremy Corbyn's interview on the Marr Show this morning, and was in awe at how cool, calm and confident he was in everything he said - replying to every biased, accusatory question with the kind of dignity that can only be distant memory for those colleagues who abandoned their own constituents and the country in order to pursue their own goals.
Then I watched Angela Eagle being interviewed by Robert Peston. He gave her an easy ride, but even so, she still presented as the unwitting volunteer who was too slow to take a step back. I can't say I have ever listened to Angela Eagle before, but the whiney voice grated, rather than soothed. Ditto her references to her Little Dorrit childhood, people are losing their jobs and their homes now, families are queuing at food banks, spare us. After hearing Jeremy Corbyn's awesome speech at the Durham Miners Gala, it's as if she has suddenly remembered the suffering of society's most vulnerable - unfortunately, she is about 10 months too late.
The Labour Party will split, I can't see any other way out of this impasse. Whilst Jeremy Corbyn is willing to talk to his colleagues, they won't enter into any talks that involve Jeremy remaining as leader. They went into the chicken coup as a fait accompli, deciding they, not the members, should choose the Labour leader. What they have done is not only undemocratic, I'm not even sure it is legal.
It seems to be that there is a sinister ideology that dominates the right wing of the labour party, and it is one that has grown out of the Blair Rich years, when hobnobbing with the bosses and the super rich took precedence over standing up for the rights of the workers and the vulnerable. Blair and his cronies believed they could schmooze Big Business in order to make a fairer society for all. With a reported £60m personal fortune, it is certainly a lot fairer for himself and his peers, but not so much for the rest of us.
Angela Eagle may suddenly have remembered she needed to empathise with the poor this morning, she conveniently forgot that she and all her duplicitous colleagues abstained from the vote on ESA. I just don't understand her motivation and I cannot comprehend the desperate need of herself and her co-conspirators to remove Jeremy Corbyn from the leadership. No-one has yet offered a coherent explanation. As for her sympathy for Tony Blair, seriously? The real leader was comforting the bereaved families, she would have done better if she had done the same.
I got the impression from her interview, that they may have found a 'legal' way to 'fix' the ballot paper, that is, insist he has to have 50 PLP nominations. Even though it is underhand, unscrupulous and spits in the face of the labour electorate, I wouldn't at this stage, put anything past them. What they fail to take into consideration is, that wherever Jeremy Corbyn goes, all those hundreds of thousands of new party members will go with him. Even if they win, which they won't, their power will be fleeting. The whole world will know that they have stolen the party from its' members, and their future credibility will be zero. That they will get custody of the rich party donors sadly, should be taken as a given.
I feel we are witnessing the revolution the Establishment have feared. Social media has given the people real power. They are no longer reliant on the one sided reporting of a biased MSM, they can look further than the front pages of the tabloids, and they can see quite clearly that Jeremy Corbyn is not the monster the media portray. He is a calm rational man who cares deeply about fairness and humanity.
Sadly, there is no doubt this revolution will turn ugly, very few people like Jeremy Corbyn turn up in our lifetimes and when they do they become targets. They are a threat to those in power, because they have that 'X' factor they lack, and nothing they do can beat them. It's why they now have to fix the election. I don't want to turn Jeremy into a Messiah, though it's spooky his initials are JC, but he is deserving of my highest accolade, he is a thoroughly good egg.
This revolution will be fought on social media, it is now an integral part of rolling news. They will pretend the newspapers are relevant, but tabloid headlines can no longer dictate the results of General Elections. Newspapers now have genuine competition, in fact dear old Maggie T would say it is a free market. We don't have to trust in Aunty Beeb anymore, other networks are available. The MSM can keep telling us how unpopular Jeremy Corbyn is, but our news updates tell a completely different story. We are seeing ordinary people coming out in their hundreds of thousands to support Jeremy Corbyn and anti austerity. Just as the Scottish labour voters turned away from 'New' Labour, so too have the UK voters. New Labour have lost two General Elections running, both to Cameron and Osborne! How useless do you have to be to lose twice to a small pack of Bullingdon Boys who have wreaked havoc across the UK and left many of your own constituents hungry and homeless?
Those 174 MPs have serious decisions to make. If they think Jeremy Corbyn is too far to the Left, why don't they stay on and challenge him in debate? Surely the only way to curb any excess is with a moderate option and a vote? If they take him off the ballot, they are acknowledging that they cannot beat him, but it might be a snidey way in which to seize the Labour Party and all its' assets from under him. In 'electing' their own leader, they will get the Labour Party headquarters, etc, along with the 'Labour Party' name. Whether their 'leader' will ever be accepted by the membership won't really matter. At the moment, possession is 9/10 of the Law. They need him out by fair play or foul.