As Polly says, don’t do what she did!

It’s not the 1980s. Labour must unite to fight the Tories
Polly Toynbee

That is, don’t set up the SDP and split the Labour Party.

Of course, this is worthy of wider consideration. To the point that no one should ever do anything that Polly has ever either said or done. It will be a bit of a pain to lose the words, and and to from the language but better that than any of her exhortations becoming true.

16 thoughts on “As Polly says, don’t do what she did!”

  1. Bloke in Wiltshire

    She talks of the SDP being a failure, but it’s ultimately what reformed Labour by splitting the opposition vote. Uniting behind either of these losers means losing.

    Owen Smith isn’t as bad as Corbyn like a broken leg isn’t as bad as cancer. Neither can win. It’s just about how much popcorn we need on election night.

  2. “Owen Smith isn’t as bad as Corbyn like a broken leg isn’t as bad as cancer. Neither can win. It’s just about how much popcorn we need on election night.”

    Oh, that’s beautiful.

  3. Luckily, the word “socialist” is still cryptonite with the average middle-class voter.

    So even in the unlikely event that Smith wins, the Tory’s general election ads write themselves.

  4. All socialism leads to the pit sooner or later.

    We have been lucky that altho’ the likes of Atlee, Wilson etc were wasters they were not full-on leftloons and managed to keep the rest in check for a while.

    But that can never be a stable condition. Evil will out.

    Socialism must be broken and destroyed.

  5. The Guardian hostility to Corbyn is odd, because he believes in everything the Guardian believes in. If a laboratory were to create a human to represent the Guardian, it would come up with Jeremy Corbyn, right down to the beard.

  6. Is she saying that they must “unite” by supporting someone who has forced an unnecessary leadership challenge? That’s “unite” in lefty language?

  7. >right down to the beard

    Don’t overlook the obligatory Marxist cap!

    I am becoming convinced that Corbyn is some sort of plant (not the turnip he appears to be, but a metaphorical one). There is no other explanation. He professes to love the Labour Party, but he is doing to it what said party did to Britain every time it got its sticky little hands on the levers of power.

    As for Owen Smith, he of the zero charisma, his competence would be challenged if he were made treasurer of the Pontypridd Historical Society.

    As BiW rightly says, it’s all very popcorn-worthy.

  8. TF, you should read Michael Deacon in today’s Tel. He elaborates amusingly on the trope that Corbyn is a Tory agent.

  9. As for Owen Smith, he of the zero charisma, his competence would be challenged if he were made treasurer of the Pontypridd Historical Society.

    I still haven’t heard of him, even though he’s been all over the news for the past few weeks. He makes Ed Milliband look like Martin Luther King.

  10. “The Guardian hostility to Corbyn is odd, because he believes in everything the Guardian believes in. If a laboratory were to create a human to represent the Guardian, it would come up with Jeremy Corbyn, right down to the beard.”

    No it isnt odd. The guardian and much of its readers use politics to virtue signally while subconsciously not wanting their clearly costly, problematic and unworkable politics to come to fruition.

    You can spend a lifetime supporting some vested interest to proclaim you are on the side of the working class, or you are a moral human by supporting open borders, but you dont have to do anything, nor bear any cost for those positions.

    Now someone has come along with an unlikely, but a real shot at power, they’ve begun to side with their interests, although this is subconscious so don’t expect a drop in sanctimony in the future.

  11. @Rob,

    I think that’s part of it. But they also want Labour to be electable to feel smug about living under a Labour government. Corbyn is, thankfully, unelectable.

  12. But they also want Labour to be electable to feel smug about living under a Labour government.

    I’m not sure they do, deep down. I think they love living under Conservative governments because (a) it protects their wealth, and (b) gives them something to moan about, and (c) they never get their hands dirty seeing their ‘principles’ clash with the real world.

  13. The left get ever more bullying and holier-than-thou on social media, and the shy Tories get increasingly shy.

    Taken to its logical conclusion, we could see Labour ahead in the polls, and utterly wiped out in future elections.

    Also, the Left are going to run out of insults.

  14. The Guardian likes telling people what to do. A politician with no hope of power is useless to them.

  15. Jack C

    Spot on – I have a handful (maybe 30) politicos on Facebook who are Corbynite of various stripes. All are convinced the polls will turn and Corby will look at a majority along the lines of Blair in 1997, and because they have in almost every instance no contact other than family and other Corbynites they are convinced everyone feels the same way they do. Any (usually older male) relative who dares to suggest at family gatherings that Corbyn might be a dangerous Cold War throwback is reviled as a Neoliberal/racist/fascist/homophobe/Islamophobe etc…. In the meantime May continues to gain backing from the vast majority of people who are not spending the majority of their time on the twin echo chambers of Twitter and Facebook.

    This is why I think the time is right to subject the Corbynites to the vagaries of a Socialist tax – they don’t really do anything other than consume housing that could be better allocated, and I think forced exile to Cuba, Venezuela or North Korea would be beneficial both for those countries and for the Corbynites themselves…..

  16. ‘No one should ever do anything that Polly has ever either said or done’

    Not quite Tim – it is quite right to do the things that Polly has done – multiple properties, weekends in Tuscany, send kids to private schools, etc.

    It’s the things Polly advocates for other people that should never be done!

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