So it looks like Labour will do it then

Become Podemos, Militant, Syriza, a screaming irrelevance:

Ben Riley-Smith, our political correspondent, was at Mr Corbyn’s leadership launch and has this on a change in stance on mandatory reselection.

He writes that every Labour MP will be forced to get reselected by their local party before the new general election, Jeremy Corbyn has said in a move that could effectively sack some of his most prominent critics.

The Labour leader said after the boundary review concludes in 2018 there will be a “full selection process in every constituency” to see who stands for Parliament.

Hoo, Boyo!

Mr Corbyn promised to tackle inequality, neglect and prejudice if elected PM including plans to make companies publish equality pay audits.
He also said there would be a “full and open selection process” to choose every would-be Labour MP if new constituency boundaries were in place before 2020.
He said current MPs would be able to “put their name forward”.

You know what? I really, really, hope that I can make a bit of money in the next couple of years. Because then I’d stand for Ukip in a Northern seat. And I’d have, along with anyone else who isn’t a complete drooling moron, a good chance of gaining a seat in Parliament.

26 thoughts on “So it looks like Labour will do it then”

  1. This really is the cue for anyone in the current Parliamentary Labour Party to walk the fuck away and start an SDP. Of course, they won’t, the fucking idiots. They think this is recoverable despite the fact that the membership are assclowns that voted for this incompetent geography teacher.

  2. They would be idiots to start an “SDP”.

    Remember, all of this happened because the Blairites thought they were being really cunning by putting Corbyn’s name on the list. They thought it was some sort of finesse.

    It’s hilarious.

  3. They’re talking about re-selection as though it’s something odd. In my party you have to be re-selected for *EVERY* election, our very prominant former government front-bench MP has his re-selection next month. I stood for election four times and had to be re-selected for each re-election. I only lost my seat because I didn’t get re-selected by the party.
    I’ve retired to the parish council now where things are small and parochial enough that you can stick fingers up at party selection procedures.

  4. Slightly OT but I noticed that you seem to have a positive regard for Farage and Ukip despite leaving them a few years ago. What do you make of the views of Richard North, Alan Sked and so on who have had little good to say about ukip since they quit the party?

  5. Just remember to pick a smaller town, not a city.

    Be prepared for a lot of abuse; that’s where the Labour party is at its absolute tribal worst.

    (Lib Dem, formerly from a town of 100,000-150,000 or so in the North where we briefly kicked Labour out of control of the council).

  6. How do we do the same thing to the Tories as Labour has done to itself?

    For now, I’ll be continuing to vote UKIP

  7. You have to hand it to Corbyn. He has plenty of chutzpah demanding loyalty from Labour MP’s with his record.

    OT, but whatever happened to the Trade Union bill that was going to demand an opt-in for the political levy/union member fees being given to Labour? That was going to destroy Labour faster than Corbyn is doing now.

  8. @Edward Lud

    In the US they say “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line”. It seems the same might be true over here.

  9. I didn’t “quit” in the sense of walk away. I just didn’t want to continue doing the job I was doing. It was nothing at all about the direction of the party nor the people in it. Still support Farage and the idea. I just wanted to stop doing the specific and precise job that I was doing.

    Are we clear on that?

  10. Led125: North is like Farage –but with far less bonhomme–an egoman. Which is likely why the two don’t get on. Farage doesn’t care for details whereas North thinks we can’t live without obsessive focus on political and bureaucratic bullshit.

    And to certain degree there a level of truth to some of what he says. A D-Day must be meticulously planned. And part of sane planning is escaping from and recognising the illusion that the world only abides because of lawdog/bureaucrat dictat and meddling. And being aware that all plans can go to shit in an instant and the world will still turn and can in fact be better for spontaneous order arising from no plans. The Market in other words.

    In fairness North is a very hard worker , a meticulous researcher and very well informed.

    But he is like a competent Murphy with brains. Any one who doesn’t agree with him at least 99% “needs to grow up”–ie agree with him 100%.

    He is an arch statist who thinks that chaos is on hand if the political /bureaucratic scum don’t have everything mapped out to the nth degree.

    He is married so presumably he managed to find his missus without every step being laid (no pun intended) out for him by political trash. So he should have some idea that a world can not merely exist but thrive outside the stranglehold of the state–let alone vile “internationalist” bullshit that has increasingly put even the EU under its thumb.

    He is pushing his Flexcit scheme but –judging by the fact that he himself says he was mostly ignored by the political hacks during the oral evidence he gave at the Treasury Committee last week–he won’t get very far with it.

  11. The honourable member for Wath on the M18?

    I think a lot of your colleagues will actually be the drooling morons you hope to avoid. Would you really want to be a politician?

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Hugh, I wondered at that as well. One of the manifold problems with Tories is if you don’t hold their feet to fire they drop good policies out of fear of being called nasty by people who would never vote for them even at the threat of bodily injury. It’s why I was initially impressed with Osborne and now hope he disappears without trace (he won’t end up in a cardboard box, the spawny fucker, as he’s old money).

  13. “You have to hand it to Corbyn. He has plenty of chutzpah demanding loyalty from Labour MP’s with his record.”

    When asked this he claimed his rebellions were ‘principled’. Smug bastard.

  14. Mr Ecks – I would dispute that North is acstaist, he wrote a book called “The many not the few” about the battle Britain. But otherwise I would say your analysis is pretty accurate.

  15. Pity the Tories aren’t going to do this as well. (I think sitting Cons. MPs have to be re-selected by some Exec Committee, but they almost always go with the sitting MP).

  16. Be careful what you wish for, Tel. The last time the Tories tried that, we ended up with Sarah Wollaston.

  17. No, she was elected by opening the vote to anyone, which is a bad idea. I’m talking about letting the local party members vote.

  18. Apparently current polls are showing that the Conservative vote has gone up a lot recently, while UKIP’s has dropped, while Labour is roughly the same. That is presumably because the Tories seem to be taking Brexit seriously, so Kipper voters are moving to them.

    (But of course an even more left-wing Labour party would lose a lot of votes, especially in the North. And UKIP would come storming back if ther Tories try to weasel out of Brexit.)

  19. What the fuck is an equality pay audit? Like, companies would have to submit a list of salaries to some goverment bureau, to make sure no one is discriminatng?

  20. Bloke in North Dorset

    The only thing that’s kept Labour’s warring factions together over the years is a hatred of Tories, not their policies but the people. It now seems that they’ve managed to break that bond.

    Oh, happy days. More popcorn, please, Julia.

  21. Why do the selections always seem to keep existing MPs, even if some of them are pretty dodgy (by various standards)?

    Would they typically have dirt on other party members?

    Or is it to avoid splitting the vote if they run as an independent in a fit of pique?

    Or is there some relationship between the constituency party members and the MP?

    Or something else altogether?

  22. I think there’s two things. One is the promise of job security — win this election and you’re probably got many years in the job. That is thought to attract a better class of candidate.

    Secondly, the thinking is that if this bloke or bird can win an election for us, then they’ve shown that they have what it takes to attract the support of the public. Why would we want to then jeopardize the seat for the sake of someone new and untested?

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