Arise Baron Murphy of Downham Market

There 540,272 eligible voters.

Some 422,664 people cast votes

There were 207 spoilt votes.

Jeremy Corbyn: 251,417 – 59.5%

Andy Burnham: 80,462 – 19%

Yvette Cooper: 71,928 – 17%

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71 thoughts on “Arise Baron Murphy of Downham Market”

  1. “JuliaM: is your popcorn factory working at full capacity yet?
    What a time to be alive.”

    Only if you get to enjoy watching the train wreck from outside the UK! That reminds me, I need to move my stash of sterling into something that isn’t about to turn into comedy toilet paper…..

  2. Dammit, I’ve only managed to retrofit two-thirds of those firefighting planes for popcorn. Can someone prioritise the target list, please?

  3. He is an extremely evil man. It is to be preyed that he never gets anywhere near power. Against sane, competent people he wouldn’t. But the shite of BluLabour?

    Now he is in just lets hope that he fucks up ZaNu as much as people hope he will.

  4. “Corbyn says the media did not understand the views of many young people. They had been written off as uninterested in politics. But they are very political. They are just turned off by the way politics has been conducted.”

    The moment when I go into cardiac arrest after overdoing the Butterkist will be when the penny drops for Labour that young people mostly aren’t a bunch of Stop The War, save the badger, kale-munching hippies, but like middle aged people who are thinner, more frisky and buy a lot of WKD and grime music.

  5. Media are saying Corbyn was a clear winner across all sections of the Party.
    So the Parliamentary Labour Party, i.e. those elected MPs, don’t count as a section any more then.

  6. “Corbyn says the media did not understand the views of many young people. ”

    No. We understand them all too well. That’s why we don’t think people who hold those beliefs should have power over us.

  7. 422000 votes cast.
    Mr Corbyn said “over half a million” took part in this “huge democratic exercise”

    Inflation already!!

  8. It’s deeply fascinating, but Corbyn is not friend of the EU, and his brother is no friend of green eco-loonery. We may yet find something useful happening amidst the labour party’s insanity.

  9. Hadleigh Fen: his brother proves that the same gene pool can produce an intelligent independent thinker and an unthinking amoral ideologue. I will not be entertained by Jez lending legitimacy and succour to the thugs of the world.

  10. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog

    Good people all, of every sort,
    Give ear unto my song;
    And if you find it wondrous short,
    It cannot hold you long.

    In Islington there was a man,
    Of whom the world might say
    That still a godly race he ran,
    Whene’er he went to pray.

    A kind and gentle heart he had,
    To comfort friends and foes;
    The naked every day he clad,
    When he put on his clothes.

    And in that town a dog was found,
    As many dogs there be,
    Both mongrel, puppy, whelp and hound,
    And curs of low degree.

    This dog and man at first were friends;
    But when a pique began,
    The dog, to gain some private ends,
    Went mad and bit the man.

    Around from all the neighbouring streets
    The wondering neighbours ran,
    And swore the dog had lost his wits,
    To bite so good a man.

    The wound it seemed both sore and sad
    To every Christian eye;
    And while they swore the dog was mad,
    They swore the man would die.

    But soon a wonder came to light,
    That showed the rogues they lied:
    The man recovered of the bite,
    The dog it was that died.

  11. I give him a week at the outside. The Tories have surely just been waiting for him to be confirmed as leader before attacking.

  12. Well, at least we now know how many socialists there are in the country- allowing for a few non voters, half a million (amongst how many?)

  13. Mr Ecks

    Spot on – I took some grief for describing him as one of the most dangerous men in Britain, if not the World – and we are seeing the megalomania first hand….

    Jack C

    Reminds me of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings – what a nauseating vision – one world under rampant thuggery and bullying – a terrifying prospect

  14. Dave,

    “I give him a week at the outside. The Tories have surely just been waiting for him to be confirmed as leader before attacking.”

    I read somewhere that the strategy is to leave him alone for a while and let him get settled as leader of the party and then to go on the attack. What the Tories want is Corbyn as leader going into the election period, not for him to get booted out and for the PLP to pick a candidate list with the likes of Cooper and Burnham.

  15. Sorry to be parochial here, but my main interest in the result is what effect, if any, it will have in the short and medium term on the SNP in Scotland and in the UK.

  16. Bloke in Germany in Philly

    My thought is that Labour was reduced to its core constituency plus swing Lib Dem voters in England (some of whom, but not most of whom, will swing back to the Liberals next time). In Scotland the SNP picked up votes from both Labour and Lib Dems. So there isn’t much room for a worse result for Labour next time, in either England or Scotland.

    Those swing Lib Dems are basically 30 years accumulated protest votes from the times the Libs could promise everything to everyone knowing they would never have to deliver any of it. These are mostly people who didn’t realise quite how right wing (yes, don’t laugh, you have to see it from their perspective) the Lib Dems are.

    Corbyn for PM anyone?

  17. Ecksy:

    I agree with you, though I wouldn’t put it quite so crudely. JC is dangerous. If his presence makes the Tories complacent, if his opposition is not credible, then the Tories could easily fragment and also become accident-prone. This could open the way for JC to win a GE, as could a future economic crisis.

    Yes, you are right: JC is dangerous, but at present he is low risk (assuming risk = danger x probability). Milimarx was less dangerous than JC, but he was mid- to high risk, because the danger he represented had more probability of being realised. You are talking about danger; Steve and others are talking about risk. Hence, the disagreement. No?

  18. BraveFart,

    None. No effect on the SNP at all. The Scots want hard socialism and they’ve already got a party selling it. It’s like when people left Yahoo for Google because it was so much better. Then Yahoo improved and made it as good as Google. No-one switched back to Yahoo, because they were now happy with Google.

    Plus, Sturgeon’s got something. Shit politics, but you could imagine her replacing Vasquez in Aliens. Jeremy Corbyn would want us to sit down and negotiate with Xenomorph.

  19. @BraveFart: Ruth Davidson has already come out fighting and asked Corbyn to make clear his position on independence/working with the SNP. He gives the impression that he is, at very best, neutral on the subject. So we’ll have the interesting position of someone nominally aiming to be UK PM who wants NI to join the Republic, is in favour of Scottish independence and wants to hand over the Falklands to Argentina. Not sure what his position is on Wales, but I’m betting he’s on Plaid Cymru’s side. And leftards still think this he’s a vote winner?

    @The Stigler: Despite what some of its supporters believe, the SNP isn’t a socialist party. Sturgeon may be left wing, but its last manifesto was right of Labour.

    They are currently performing miracles in being all things to all people, bound together by the sole common cause of independence.

    I despise the SNP, but I have to admire their tactics up until now. I had thought that 5 years of their MPs being powerless would result in splits and discontent, but an inept Labour Party has just made things interesting for their Crazy Gang at Westminster.

    The hilarity of the Corbyn win is already starting to wear off and like BraveFart I’m starting to worry about Scotland’s future.

    I’m actually toying with the idea of joining the Scottish Conservatives.

  20. For the moment, the best thing about this is that it offers Richard Murphy access to a far larger pool of potential enemies than ever before. Given that he’s egotistical, touchy, obnoxious and can’t keep his mouth shut, I see him wearing out his welcome with Labour in rather short order.
    Should start at about the same time Corbyn is forced to publicly contradict the Great Genius on some matter of policy.

  21. @ Andrew K
    Parent or Grandparent qualifies you to play for the national team: passport is evidence of nationality (apparently that’s different from citizenship). If Murphy is Irish he is not a subject of her Brittannic Majesty, if he is British, he is.

  22. Corybn is elected leader of the Labour Party and Timmy uses it to have a go at RM. You’re getting paranoid Tim, as well as boring.

  23. Surely the really interesting question is which of Corbyn or Murphy will crumble to dust first, like a couple of vampires who stayed up too late?

  24. No, the interesting is question is whether more Tory MP’s voted Corbyn than did Labour MP’s.

    They’ll be putting the 3 quid on expenses so we’ll know the Tory total soon enough.

  25. Timmy isn’t the only one getting paranoid* OldGreenTwat, there are many others. You’ll find you are actually a minority, a shouty minority, in the whole UK population.

    * Not really paranoid, just criticising but if you can’t take any criticism including opinions as to the lack of leadership qualities of Corbyn, then you deserve to be laughed at and called a thin skinned twat.

  26. “In affectionate remembrance of the Labour Party, which died at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre, Westminster, on 12 September, 2015. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. The body will be cremated, and the ashes taken to Islington.”

    Dan Hodges, lefty, Telegraph writer – who, with Matthew Parris, correctly predicted the GE outcome.

  27. I’ve always said that I wanted Labour destroyed so that we can return to God’s order of Whigs vs Tories. Maybe I’ll see it. Or maybe I’ll see Corvid as PM.

  28. The Death of the Labour Party. According to Dan Hodges.
    And let’s sincerely hope this is the death of the Tory party too.
    With no coherent party to the left of them, what’s to hold the spoon faced chancer’s uneasy coalition of the right & the limp-wristed, metrosexual wets together?

  29. Gareth
    No. The BBC has been wetting itself over the result — eg with live coverage on R4 of the announcement. That said, the BBC consensus is liberal and left of centre, but not far left like Corbyn. So I expect much gentle but quite sharp BBC interrogation of Corbyn-ism, as the beeb seeks to draw the Labour Party back to its orbit.

  30. I think that about the nearest thing to Corbyn’s victory we’ve had in the U.S. was the nomination of George McGovern to oppose Richard Nixon back in 1972.

    If memory serves, things didn’t go well for ol’ George.

    And… If Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election, we’re guaranteed to see a repeat of that contest, irrespective of who the Republican nominee might be. (Can’t tell that to a Lefty, though.)

  31. Interested,

    “Hodges also predicted Corbyn would not be elected.”

    To be fair though, he is the maddest leader elected of any party in living memory (OK, the Greens vote mad, but you expect that) and the bookies had him at some pretty wide odds at the start of the contest. I thought that he’d poll well at the start, but in the debates, people would gravitate to a sane candidate. I didn’t think the Labour membership were this mad.

  32. Hodges was right about the GE, called it early and it’s pretty clear his reasoning was sound and correct.

    The Labour leadership election is different, if only because the electorate wasn’t truly known. 3 quid a vote? Madness.

  33. Given Corbyn being 70 at next election its possible they may well groom someone who seems more reasonable and parachute him in 12 to 18 months before election. Being elected is the game, they can be as left as they want once they have power

  34. JackC,

    “3 quid a vote? Madness.”

    It wasn’t just the £3 votes. It was also that there was no qualifying period after Ed Miliband’s rule changes. The Conservatives have a 3 month qualifying period. You have to have been a member of the party 3 months before the call for nominations for leadership. It stops entryists joining just to vote for the leader.

    But it meant that people could join and know they’d get to vote for the leader. And that caused an explosion in membership: 1/3rd of their membership joined after the election. I’ll bet a lot of them were people sent via organised groups. If you were running a university eco group, you’d tell everyone that they can join Labour for £1 and vote to get the most lefty candidate of the list.

  35. Stigler,
    Quite. And Milliband fancied himself as PM?! At least Corbyn doesn’t see himself that way, or so it appears.

    I would bet good money that Cameron voted Corbyn. Such larks!

    Maybe we’ll see the return of the Liberal Party, but do they have anyone left?

  36. Corbyn went from something like 6000 at the start of the process to -2500 the day before. That’s a change in implied probability of 0.016 to 0.968. No-one really saw this coming, so when Hodges wrote Corbyn off early on it was where the smart money was.

  37. Jack C: The Liberal Party have been expanding with disaffected LibDems going over to them (a pall of mine is the local branch chair). In some local councils there are more Liberal councillors than LibDem councillors. It will be interesting to see if Tim Farron’s floods of defectors from Labour results in more LibDems going over to the Liberals. Especially as Tim clearly told the LibDem Conference: “If you’re a liberal you should join the Liberal Party”!

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