You’ve been very naughty boys and girls

In fact, you’ve let me down:

Labour frontbenchers who defied Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons Brexit vote will be sent a formal written warning over their behaviour but will not be sacked.

When someone you respect says you’ve let them down that’s rather powerful.

When someone you don’t, well…..

13 comments on “You’ve been very naughty boys and girls

  1. Corbyn should read his Machiavelli:

    “People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.”

    Failing that:

    “it is much safer to be feared than loved because …love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”

    Nicky had nothing to say about being neither feared or loved but I suspect he would have said it would not turn out well.

  2. Isn’t it something to do with the fact that the number required to fill the frontbench and the number willing to be on Corbyn’s frontbench are more or less the same?

  3. Anything that reduces the power of party managers should be seen as a good thing. Three line whips should be reserved for manifesto pledges only.

    If the restoration of the notion that Parliament is to mean anything it needs to be filled with more independent minded MPs and Lords.

  4. Rob – “Ooh Jeremy, whip me again. Go on. OOOOhhh, you are awful!”

    Said Diane Abbott. Except she called him Big Boy.

  5. This demonstrates that parliamentary party discipline will be respected if it furthers the MPs ambitions. A) to get elected or stay elected B) to get promoted.
    So a strong leader’s only strong because they offer the best prospect of both A&B to a critical mass. The general party membership have different motivations. And so the membership voting for the leader is highly apt to lead to these rebellions.

  6. Yes there should be more independent MPs. Sadly the parties have considerably more volunteers and money to draw on – its rare for independents to win a seat.
    Then what do they do? They vote one way or another in parliament.
    May as well have a party MP.

  7. I can just imagine Jezza’s letter: “You’ve let me down; you’ve let the party down; but most of all, you’ve let yourself down!”

  8. Poor old Corbyn had no choice. He had to pretend to be tough, or Labour would have been smashed in the two upcoming by-elections. But he didn’t really want to.

    He’s now given the tribal “my dad and grandad voted Labour” types the glimmer of a reason to carry on doing what they always did. Which means they will get what they always got of course…

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