Ritchie’s fantasies

I really do love this:

The MPs in question were elected by their constituents to undertake a role, whether in government or opposition, in parliament. I sincerely hope they recall that and appreciate that it will be their duty to form an opposition in the event that Corbyn wins. The country needs an effective opposition, and Corbyn cannot supply it, so they have to act.

I make clear that this does not necessarily mean that I will like or support all the policy positions they will adopt and I will be more than happy to say so if that is the case. But this does create the possibility of there being a Porgressive Alliance that might really transform UK politics for the very large number who feel utterly unrepresented now. And if that was to be the outcome – as electorally I suspect those MPs would realise it would need to be – in anticipation of which they should be looking to form a coalition in opposition before the next general election – then I think the prospect of something that could really transform UK politics exists, whether John McDonnell likes it or not.

All the nutjobs that support the Curajus State are off behind Corbyn. The realists, the rationalists, in the PLP who will form that Progressive Alliance aren’t going to touch his fascism with a bargepole.

18 thoughts on “Ritchie’s fantasies”

  1. His one slim chance was to get John McDonnell on board. But he seems to have failed. No ermine for the Murphmeister.

  2. So was it a different Richard Murphy who made special guest speeches at Corbyn’s campaign rallies?

    Otherwise, how could Corbyn have been the right man to be leader then, but is now so wrong that Labour should pull itself apart to get rid of him?

  3. “….transform UK politics for the very large number who feel utterly unrepresented now”

    In other words “I feel I unrepresented, I am a normal person, ergo many normal people feel unrepresented”. Now that’s a fallacy, and on many counts.

    Also: LOL at ‘porgressive’

  4. Its going to be a 3 way split. Nutters to the left, numpties to the right, and the remainder sitting on the fence. May work out in favour of the Scottish, but that is for smiling shorty to decide.

  5. Whenever I read modern political discourses I have to keep checking what mental gear I’m in. In the 1920s-30s, ‘Progressive Parties’ were anti-socialist conservative/liberal alliances.

  6. Bloke in Costa Rica

    “I make clear that this does not necessarily mean that I will like or support all the policy positions they will adopt and I will be more than happy to say so if that is the case.”

    I love the idea he has that anyone will give a shit what he thinks, or even notice.

  7. The Meissen Bison

    John Square: porgressive

    Well spotted! An exciting amalgam of porcine and agressive – describes the prof to a T.

  8. To be fair, while it is clearly nothing more than naked self-interest at work, Ritchie has at least realised he’s outclassed in the nutter stakes by Corbyn and sided with the normals on this one.

  9. Does anyone know whether the Murph is pro or anti EU this week, or even today? Given that so many Labour voters voted Brexit and he wanted to remain part of corajus Europe (because of the damage that the 11+ exam wreaked upon his family), this could be useful information, for the length of time that Murph continues to hold the same opinion.

  10. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Jesus. Good catch. It was that tribune of the people, JFK, who first allowed public employees to unionise as a nice little guaranteed voting and funding bloc. It really is a miracle that no-one’s nutted Murphy for being a supercilious cunt.

  11. BiCR It really is a miracle that no-one’s nutted Murphy for being a supercilious cunt.

    Is it possible, do you think, that he has been de-nutted which would explain why he’s as plump as a capon on steroids?

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    MB: Normally when you do that to a dog it calms it down but Murphy’s constantly running around humping the leg of anyone with an iota of power and making a general nuisance of himself. He needs batting on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper.

  13. Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    From today’s Guardian, in an article by David Blanchflower (an actual professor of economics) :

    In September 2015 I was asked to join McDonnell’s advisory team, along with a number of other left-leaning economists such as Simon Wren-Lewis, Thomas Piketty and Mariana Mazzucato…. But Corbyn’s failure to effectively oppose Brexit and his refusal to stand down after the vote of no confidence were the last straws for me, and apparently for Wren-Lewis too. Piketty, who never attended a meeting, also quit.

    It appears that no-one even noticed Murphy was on the team in the first place, just as no-one cared when he threw his toys out the pram on his way out.

  14. Witchsmeller Pursuivant:

    It is because Murphy isnt an economist, nor political strategist, nor political thinker.

    At best he is a tax expert. And that isnt much to write home about.

  15. “@Rob Harries

    It is because Murphy isnt an economist, nor political strategist, nor political thinker.

    At best he is a tax expert. And that isnt much to write home about.”

    Actually, he isn’t. He has lots of opinions on tax but very little knowledge.

    And being a tax expert IS something to write home about. So there.

  16. WP
    The Murphmeister was never on the team. It included some cretins from City and Mazzucato from Sussex as well.

    RH
    He’s not a tax expert – TW is more of an expert on tax, and Tim is wrong some of the time. Murphy is an accountant – not even an expert on accounting. To be honest, I find it difficult to believe that the idiot is even a qualified accountant given his repeated and demonstrated lack of understanding of accounts.

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