Dear Disappointed Blairites
It is with a heavy heart we find ourselves compelled to write to you again.
When we wrote our first letter it was with a certain degree of hope you had respect for democracy, and optimism you would eventually come to accept the decision of hundreds of thousands of true and honest Labour members and supporters. While some of you have been constructive rather than destructive, overall that hope is rapidly waning.
On an almost daily basis, we wake up to read yet another wave of anonymous briefings in the press – usually in the vein of, ‘oh woe is us, when can we rid ourselves of Corbyn and his crazy lefty team, what is the perfect timing?’ etc. Sometimes you put your names to these remarks. For instance, Tristram Hunt recently told a bunch of uni students Labour is in the shit. Classy. Today, a number of gloating articles are being circulated which state the selection of Jim McMahon for the Oldham West and Royton constituency, was a big poke in the eye for Corbyn. The fact he’s a popular local councillor didn’t even come into it apparently.
The bottom line is this. Labour will be unelectable until the PLP get behind Jeremy, and we don’t mean with a knife in their hand.
And that’s the nub of it isn’t it? You are not really worried about Jeremy being unelectable, as you repeatedly claim. You are more worried that he is. A General Election victory for Labour under Jeremy would be your worst nightmare. It wouldn’t just signal the turning of the page from the New Labour era – it would be the resounding slam of a door in your face. It’s one thing to have your philosophy and politics rejected by the party, but to have them rejected by the entire country, that’s a step too far for you. Hence the sabotage.
If you really did believe Jeremy to be unelectable, you’d stop with the briefing and the sniping, and offer him your support. You’d wait for time to prove you right. But that’s too risky isn’t it? You know Jeremy and his team might have cut through with the public if people believed the party was uniting behind him. By constantly telling the press your own leader is a crazy radical who needs to be ousted at the first available opportunity, you destroy any chance he has of winning.
But is that really such a clever strategy? Who do you think we’ll blame if we perform poorly in any of the upcoming elections? The man we chose to lead the party, or those who have spent the last few months turning their fire on the leader we chose, rather than the Tories who we are meant to oppose? We will give you one guess.
Maybe our disdain doesn’t worry you? Maybe you are hoping a coup will cause us to leave in a huff. Then you can sway enough remaining Labour members, with the help of your friends in the press, to vote in your preferred candidate? Or, maybe you’re hoping to make us so despondent about his chances due the implacably hostile PLP we just lose heart.
Well good luck with that because we are not going anywhere.
We are here for the long haul, till 2020 and beyond. Our heels are well and truly dug in.
If you try to overthrow Jeremy, we will vote for him again in numbers that will give you nightmares.
A movement that’s only growing stronger.
by Michelle (Chelley) Ryan @chelleryn99