Jeremy Corbyn has issued a defiant message to the seven MPs who resigned from his party on Monday, reminding them they stood in the 2017 general election on Labour’s manifesto, and “were elected to carry out those policies”. […]
“I regret that seven MPs decided they would no longer remain part of the Labour party. I thank them for their work,” Corbyn said, when asked about their departure.
He added: “I hope they realise they were elected to parliament on a manifesto that was based around investment in the future; that was based around a more equal and fairer society; that was based around social justice – and it is that programme that we are going to put to the electorate in the future, that does have enormous support. They were elected to carry out those policies. They decided to go somewhere else.”
Labour is keen to ramp up the pressure on the seven to trigger byelections in their seats, and run against official Labour candidates.
Aside from the fact that politicians aren’t wedded indissolubly to manifesto promises, and would be poor politicians if they were dogmatically fixated on promises despite any evidence that might arise showing a promise fulfilment might cause more damage than good, I don’t see anything said by these MPs to say that they reject everything about the Labour 2017 manifesto.
What they said, basically, is they no longer have any faith in Corbyn’s leadership to deliver those or any other promises, and that he would be a poor choice of prime minister, a view I share despite liking some manifesto proposals. The issues they were critical of were diverse, ranging from an unwillingness to tackle antisemitism in the Labour party, which Corbyn continues to ignore, to an unwillingness to place Brexit to a new popular vote, despite the party promising it would if it failed to get a general election.
It’s Corbyn breaking the promises. Now, I think the split will in the long run be no more successful than the departure of the SDP from Labour that ushered in 11 years of Margaret Thatcher. I can understand the frustration of these members with Corbyn’s refusal to act intelligently and flexibly, but I don’t think their actions will accomplish much, beyond firing a much-needed shot across Corbyn’s bows, though apparently he isn’t listening yet.
He’s clearly as dogmatic as May, as equally useless as a leader. Neither do I think by-elections in those constituencies would accomplish more than possibly returning May’s Commons majority, which is not going to help anyone. Corbyn is getting what he deserves, and he has no-one to blame but his own inflexibility and shortsightedness.
He thinks he can get his manifesto through by breaking Britain through Brexit. Instead, he’s causing a lot of previous Labour voters like myself to reconsider those votes as mistakes. He is willing to collude with May in Britwreck. Is Corbyn mentally capable of reviewing his opinions? Apparently not, hence his problems.