Diane Abbott to step aside ‘for the period of her electoral liability’, Corbyn says

Most unkind of me, and possibly even wrong, she might actually be ill. But that does sound like an accurate translation of this, doesn’t it?

Diane Abbott to step aside ‘for the period of her ill health’, Corbyn says

50 comments on “Diane Abbott to step aside ‘for the period of her electoral liability’, Corbyn says

  1. Heading for the rubber-floored room by the sound of things.

    She is not only not the sharpest pencil in the box, but she is loud-mouthed and unpleasant to boot.

    I’ll leave others to comment on the other characteristic that makes her stand out.

  2. In that she IS an electoral liability then the statement makes a certain amount of sense.

  3. The real question is why was she given the job in the first place? Corbyn has known her (intimately) since the 1970s: he’s had enough time to work out that she’s not the sharpest tool in the box. Out of the current 229 Labour MPs, was there really nobody better for the job?

  4. It seemed likely to me that something was wrong with her – apart from her deplorable character and limited intellect. I had wondered if she was on happy pills. Instead, is early onset Alzheimer’s a possibility?

    We need some of those medics with a wealth of experience and the gall to suggest a diagnosis of someone they don’t know, rather like the chap who deduced that Hellary had Parkinson’s.

    Or is it just that the stress and work load have revealed Abbott’s weaknesses?

  5. I would say prescription medication by the looks of it. But perhaps she is an old fashioned girl. So it is gin then.

    It is hard to believe this shower of deluded losers is remotely close to the Tories. I blame May.

  6. Andrew – there’s very few people Jez can trust.

    The Abbopotamus already let Corbo climb aboard and slip his means of production inside her cavernous, ravening lumpenpudentariat, presumably without laughing.

  7. The Inimitable Steve – “The Abbopotamus already let Corbo climb aboard”

    She must like the smell of urine. In fact think what a melange of olfactory teases their bedroom would be after sex?

  8. “Out of the current 229 Labour MPs, was there really nobody better for the job?”

    No, which explains why we should leave as little as possible in the incompetent hands of politicians.

    (There may have been a few Labour MPs who were a bit more competent, but they wouldn’t work with Corbyn or he wouldn’t work with them)

  9. In those interviews, the Abbottopotamus was not all ‘there’. She’s not well – early onset dementia, depression, alcoholism….That said, like all socialists, she was always ‘sick’. She should retire to Venezuela or Cuba.

  10. She’s fat, even fatter than before, so her claim to diabetes is probably right. Physically she’s a complete wreck. The demands of campaigning must alone have told heavily on her, never mind the well merited avalanche of derision — especially after the Nick Ferrari interview.

    Being quixotically charitable to someone so palpably odious and hypocritical, to someone so eaten up with racism and envy, is it possible that a chink of light has permeated that insufferably smug cranium? Is it possible that she has finally entertained some slight suspicion that she personally is not up to the mark — and, even more disturbing to that smugness, a suspicion that socialism is nothing more than a crock of shit and that her whole sorry existence has been wasted in promulgating an ideology that achieves the exact opposite of anything a decent human being could desire?

    Whatever sort of hell her consciousness resembles today has been richly deserved. Would that the rest of Corbyn’s front bench, and Corbyn himself, imploded likewise.

  11. When the cognitive dissonance between one’s deeply-held beliefs and actions in the past clash with the reality of a role of (shadowing) Home Secretary.

    I reckon it’s depression driven by trying to deal with that cognitive dissonance. Lefties are riven with it.

  12. “Being quixotically charitable to someone so palpably odious and hypocritical, to someone so eaten up with racism and envy, is it possible that a chink of light has permeated that insufferably smug cranium? Is it possible that she has finally entertained some slight suspicion that she personally is not up to the mark — and, even more disturbing to that smugness, a suspicion that socialism is nothing more than a crock of shit and that her whole sorry existence has been wasted in promulgating an ideology that achieves the exact opposite of anything a decent human being could desire?”

    I severely doubt the latter – socialism is akin to religion, very few seem to ‘see the light’, particularly when they have travelled as far down its road as she has. If you were a decent person who had taken a wrong turning at some point you’d realise socialism was a crock of shit a bit quicker than after 40 years.

    The former is a possibility tho, having it pointed out to you very openly that you’re not very clever, and having people running rings around you repeatedly could effect some sort of epiphany about ones own abilities. Or trigger a deep depression.

  13. Diabetes can’t be the reason. I’m diabetic and can still turn up for work. Theresa May is also diabetic and (whatever else you think of her) that’s not been a barrier to her doing the job.

    There must be something else at play here, and I’m far from convinced that it’s health-related.

  14. Congratulations Tim

    You managed to be racist, fattist, sexist, brownist, IQist and classist all in one.

    (c) Paul Mason

  15. SMFS – Apparently, it’s gonna take a lot to drag Jez away from her. There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do.

  16. She’s probably had a nervous breakdown at realising just how much the electorate hate her. It’s a lot easier to be in denial when you’re not in the running for one of the Great Offices of State.

  17. Diane wasn’t competent according to Gabby Hinsliff but it still whiffs of racism and sexism because there’s lot’s of incompetents in Corbyn’s shadow team and none of them are ill.

  18. Matthew – Yarp. Much less cosy than cuddling up to Michael Portillo on a BBC couch while everyone around pretends you’re not a disgusting mongoloid hambeast.

  19. “”Apparently, it’s gonna take a lot to drag Jez away from her. There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do.”

    Are the rains down in Africa, Abbott squirting on Corbyn?

    er.. mindbleach time…

  20. I’m with JuliaM on this one. Loony spokesmen seem to be positively welcome by Corbyn and his supporters.

    And if it were just a way of keeping her out of sight for a while, the noise which would accompany any revelation that she was fine all along would be terminal for her chances of high office, surely?

    So on that basis, until advised otherwise, I’m going to wish her well in making a recovery.

  21. You’re all very cruel. She has simply collapsed under the mental pressure of having to answer serious questions on a regular basis for the best part of a month. It’s like making your cat do calculus.

  22. @Geoffers, June 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Diabetes can’t be the reason. I’m diabetic and can still turn up for work. Theresa May is also diabetic and (whatever else you think of her) that’s not been a barrier to her doing the job.

    Steve Redgrave is diabetic and won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000.

    .
    As for the Abbottomamus, she’s been ill for decades: diagnosis socialist foot in mouth syndrome

  23. Or maybe its simply her being her.

    And pulled to avoid foot in mouth disease for last few days.

    If they lose the election they can claim wacism and a hostile media. Not bothering about having daft ideas and plans to bankrupt the country…. no, the media is hostile despite most of it apparently supporting the left. Its the wrong sort of left they support.

  24. “Diane Abbott read History at Cambridge in the 1970s, was fast-tracked at the Home Office”

    Because she was bright, or because she was black?

  25. Tel,
    We’ll never know. Also bear in mind that “fast-tracked” can also mean that people were keen to get rid of her, so they promoted her away.

    Another argument from the defence which we can easily skewer:

    In September 2011, the Telegraph called her ‘one of Labours best frontbench performers’.

    Richard Murphy is one of City University’s best economists.

  26. SMFS – Close the window, you’re lettin’ the stank out!

    I think the fake emails from “Seamus” have pushed her over the edge, on top of her other fuck ups she just can’t cope with the hate.

  27. Anyone who studies history and is still a Marxist is ipso facto thick or evil.

  28. 2 people I know have thought about early-onset Alzheimers. If true then I feel sorry for her. And I am no fan of her as a person nor as a politician

  29. I see ‘Melissa’ Jack Monroe is filling up her twitter with support of fat ugly thick Diane, I suppose it’s just another ’cause’ to fill up her increasingly irrelevant life.

    Diane’s problems?

    Diabetes.
    Possibly Thyroid problems.
    Pies.
    She does look a bit Mo Mowlem, lets hope it not brain cancer.

    I’m sure Louise Mensch will blame the Russians somehow.

  30. magnusw – “I think the fake emails from “Seamus” have pushed her over the edge, on top of her other fuck ups she just can’t cope with the hate.”

    I would think that like a lot of Lefties she has lived her entire life in the echo chamber and she is utterly unaware of how other people see her – and what they think of her policies. She has always dismissed them as a tiny minority of evil Kulaks and racists. So being in office and meeting real people who do not like her must be tough.

    Also she is stupid which does not help when your ideas are unchallenged.

    Diogenes – “2 people I know have thought about early-onset Alzheimers. If true then I feel sorry for her. And I am no fan of her as a person nor as a politician”

    If they thought about it, they did not think about it for long. Dementia is a terrible way to go – as a number of my female relatives have in recent times. Having seen them slowly dying I plan to drink myself to an early grave.

    If true, even I feel sorry for her. This is a disease that cannot be cured quickly enough.

    Andy – “I’m sure Louise Mensch will blame the Russians somehow.”

    Comey’s testimony completely exonerates Trump. Mensch claims he is about to be removed from office. Is it syphilis or something that rots the brain? Whatever happened to LM?

  31. Typical socialist: takes taxpayer’s money long after demonstrating she cannot do the job she is paid to do.

  32. We had three project leaders on the Govt project I worked on, all on the fast track and all female.

    Whilst they were very good by comparison to the rest of the civil servants, they definitely weren’t McKinsey quality, possibly 2nd division management consultant quality.

  33. I assume they mean that she entered the fast track of the civil service – passing the civil service exams, meaning she starts at a higher level and is on the promotion track. She leaves quite quickly – one wonders if this was because of the required political neutrality or because she realised she just wasnt good enough.

    It is possible that she was bright once. But her time on the back benches has clearly atrophied her brain – her inability to get on top of a brief make her clearly unsuited even to a junior ministerial position.

  34. If it turns out to be Alzheimers, will you knob ends buy me a drink?

    Yes, if I remember to.

  35. “If it turns out to be Alzheimers, will you knob ends buy me a drink?”

    If it’s Alzheimers, or early onset Alzheimers, why are they still saying that she’ll be Home Secretary if Labour win? Why was she Shadow Home Secretary to start with, with the expectation of a five-year stint? Why are they sending someone with Alzheimers to do radio interviews? Are we supposed to believe that they’ve only just realised, two days ago, that she is developing Alzheimers, when she’s been like that for a long time? And if Labour has only just realised, why is it being said that she’ll be back? Is this a lie, to keep her condition secret before election day? Or are they really just keeping her away from the mic?

  36. I’m despairing of our future. Labour won’t win this election, but the great majority of young people are going to vote for full-on Marxists. In another ten years, when some of the older generation have died, and another set of programmed left-wing youngsters get the vote, who’s going to vote for a right-wing party? Sure some people will turn from the left to right in middle-age, as always happens, but social media pressure, and the capture of the media and other institutions by the left, will keep a lot of them Labour.

    The Conservative Party, as usual, is part of the problem. What is needed is some more charasmatic younger people who aren’t dreary centrists. Caolan Robertson-types, for example, not that he’s likely to ever stand for election.

  37. @ JIm
    Diane Abbott sent her son to a private school because the state education system was so bad. So she knew in 2003 that Socialism doesn’t work for the proles – just for the political class.

  38. Ref Jack Monroe- I know she’s trans, but she doesn’t make a very good bloke.

    She complains, moans and seems to constantly live in fear.

    Not at all manly

  39. “Comey’s testimony completely exonerates Trump. Mensch claims he is about to be removed from office. Is it syphilis or something that rots the brain? Whatever happened to LM?”

    She confessed to drug use when younger – Cocaine?

  40. “Diane Abbott – who I suspect we can all agree ran a campaign that was as close to self-harm as it is possible to get, who has shown herself incompetent on every media platform she has taken – triumphed with a 75% share of the vote.

    At a time when she was signed off sick, in the dying days of the campaign while our capital city stifled under the oppression of terror, she managed to increase her majority by 11,000.

    I question the motivation of any individual prepared to vote this level of sheer incompetence into power at a time when our terror threat stands at critical.”
    KH.

  41. Dementia, a stroke, diabetes, alcohol, whatever, she’s not herself at a time when she was on the brink a crowning her career with a serious front bench role.

    It’s a personal tragedy for her; and a benefit for the country that she’s out of the picture. Leave her alone while she works this out.

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