It has ceased to be amusing. In the seemingly endless joke, for which the Labour Party performs the roles of both protagonist and antagonist, the humour has dissipated and the desire to ‘see the funny side’ grown stale. Where there were once mirth-filled jabs about Trots and Stalinists, and jocular commentary positing just how far Labour could fall, there now stands a stark, bleak reality. The official party of opposition to the Conservative government is dying. It has been eviscerated from within, leaving pockets of bewildered moderate MPs blinking in the fierce light of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘new politics,’ while the hungry jackals of Momentum smack their lips and dream of deselections.
That is not to say that those moderate Labour MPs have lost the stomach for a fight. Quite the contrary: members of the PLP grow bolder by the week in their dissent toward the Party leadership. They openly question his character... Read More
As often is the case, the steady march of progress is being dragged to a halt by those unable - or unwilling - to keep up. The tempers of the black taxi drivers of London have been simmering for months, as the app-based private cab service Uber has become entrenched as the carriage of choice for most Londoners. For consumers, the rise of Uber is a perfect example of the free market at work: open competition for fares has brought about a service that is cheaper, more efficient, and in most instances more readily available. It is a triumph of technological darwinism - which is why the stultifying reaction of London’s black taxi drivers is not only perverse, but incredibly naive.
Buoyed, perhaps, by the sweeping support of strikes emanating from the leadership of the new old Labour Party, and no doubt egged on by a variety of poisonous unionistas... Read More
As a vocal embodiment of the current state of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn’s first conference address as leader was beyond perfection. As a speech, it was beyond mundane. It certainly contained the sort of vocabulary that one would expect to find in an impassioned Left wing sermon, but the delivery was lacking in fire and brimstone. Indeed, Mr Corbyn had seemingly borrowed his vocal stylings from a trainspotter who had just seen a particularly nice diesel locomotive pulling out of Birmingham New Street.
Delivery aside - at this point all but the most blindly loyal Corbynites have accepted that public speaking is not his forte... Read More
This was meant to be Christmas come early for the Conservatives. After months of ‘surely-they-can’t’ and days of ‘they-actually-did’, it was time for the Left’s chosen one to go head-to-head with the Prime Minister. Jeremy Corbyn’s damp squib of a speech to the TUC the previous day - long on Socialist dog whistles; short on reality - had assured even the most Leftward of observers that, if he should so choose, David Cameron could effortlessly defenestrate his opposite number from the despatch box. Bland rhetoric does not a leader make, and Corbyn had given no indication that he would suddenly reveal himself to be the second coming of Demosthenes.
Shortly before midday, the Prime Minister entered the Chamber to a veritable cacophony. Corbyn, by contrast, was greeted with muted muttering - a ‘respectful silence,’ if you will... Read More
There are plenty on the Left who have taken great umbrage at the immediate Conservative attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party. Evidently, in their minds, the printing of direct quotes from Corbyn by the Tories - and, indeed, the national press - amounts to a vicious smear; political mud-slinging of the most spiteful form. There has been immense caterwauling over the ‘lack of context’ and ‘misrepresentation’: there are, apparently, numerous layers of grey on the Corbyn spectrum. Perhaps there are, but in this case the statements from Corbyn on his terrorist ‘friends’, our national defence, and even Osama Bin Laden, reside in the darkest black on his monochromatic palette. The sort of black that belongs in an Attenborough documentary on the deepest depths of the oceans: “at this depth, no light at all penetrates.” Ironically, that description is also applicable to the selection of the Shadow Cabinet... Read More