Open Letter To Stephen Kinnock – The Saboteur

Stephen Kinnock

So you think Angela Eagle will be a good leader? You are of course entitled to that view….however, the timing of your statement is deeply disappointing.

On May 5th the country goes to the polls.

Labour, as you well know, has to contend with a hostile press; a press that either skews our message, or ignores it; magnifies our mistakes and downplay our triumphs. This means we always have an Everest to climb to sell ourselves to the public.

When Labour MPs, such as yourself, sows seeds in the publics’ mind about their faith in our current leader, that climb becomes even steeper.

Even more disappointing is the fact these comments about Angela Eagle – alongside the veiled threat of a coup – came from the son of a man who presided over a seismic shift in the Labour Party. Two elections were lost under your father, but he was hailed as the man who set the Labour party on the right path.

What is so different now? Why was it right for your father to be given nine years to steer the party in a new direction, but Corbyn gets 7 months? Is it the fact the seismic shift is to the left not the right? Are the left not to be afforded a grace period when trying to transform the party? Especially when it’s proving to be such a battle, with extreme ‘centrists’ like yourself trying to sabotage the project on an almost daily basis.

What is your excuse for such blatant, arrogant, eye watering hypocrisy? Why do the right get nine long years to prove themselves, but the left get 7 months? And whatever you say, don’t say it’s because the left are unelectable? How can we possibly know that? And don’t say it’s because the left lost in 83. The left lost in 83 because the SDP had gone off in a strop, thereby splitting the left vote, and the Falklands War boosted Thatcher’s popularity. A special set of circumstances for a special time.

The same goes for Blair’s win in 97. Facing a deeply unpopular 18 year long Tory government, mired in sleaze and torn apart over Europe, an easy landslide was secured. That does not make Blair an election winning Demi-God; it simply makes him a very lucky leader in the right place at the right time.

The fact he squandered that majority by pandering to big business and George Bush, resulting in ever dwindling majorities, and lower and lower General election turnouts, makes him one of the most deeply disappointing Labour leaders in the history of our movement. Still he did well out of it, with an estimated fortune of approximately 60 million. If your hero manages somehow to wriggle off the ‘war criminal’ hook, he should have a very pleasant and luxurious old age. The same can’t be said for all the people who were killed in Iraq.

Blair left many who voted for him with a vile taste in their mouths. The taste of betrayal. Jeremy Corbyn is the antidote to that. This is a man with values, principles, someone who cares about equality. Someone who will stand up to vested interest. Someone who views war as the very last resort, not a chance to flex muscle on the world stage.

I can imagine what you are thinking now. Tutting and shaking your head, you mutter about idealistic dreamers with their heads in the clouds. Has it crossed your mind that without ‘idealistic dreamers’ like the Chartists, Suffragettes, and the early civil and gay rights campaigners, the world would be a poorer place? Or do you think they were wrong to campaign for change at a time when their views were unpopular? Maybe they should have consulted with a focus group first? Stuck their fingers in the wind and realising it was blowing the wrong way, left their halls, rally’s and meeting places and headed home for a nice cup of warm cocoa instead?

Well I for one am glad they had the courage to fight for what was right despite powerful opposition. They were on the right side of history. Just like Jeremy Corbyn, and everyone rallying behind him is now.

We know our fight is a hard one, but we won’t shy from it. Poor election results in May, which saboteurs like yourself are working toward and praying for, won’t deter us. Our project is going to be a long one.

Just like your father’s.


Michelle (Chelley) Ryan




  1. Andy M · April 23, 2016

    Reblogged this on Andrew – My thoughts on the World and commented:
    Excellent letter Michelle 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Joe Phillips · April 23, 2016

    Well said my friend, as a member since 1951 when I was 16, I have been astounded by the disloyalty of Labour MPs who appear to want the party to be trounced for their own gain, where as in fact they will achieve what the Tories have failed to do for a century….destroy us.

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  3. Terry Casey (@tcliverpool) · April 23, 2016

    Well said, I have nothing against Angela Eagle, I do hold grudges against those like Kinnock who are weekly undermining Corbyn, What makes me laugh is the very people who have lost 168 MPs since 2001, totally alienated Scotland and made the British people believe they are fiscally incompetent think they have the God given right to lead the Labour party, they have not only been a total failure they have not put forward any plan that would stop the rot of austerity for the working poor of the country. please stay in your box Stephan! you are making a fool of yourself

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  4. Kathy Ferguson · April 23, 2016

    Straight to the point and beautifully expressed as always, Chelley. I simply can’t believe how bshort-sighted and selfish the so-called ‘moderates’ are.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Mark Catlin · April 23, 2016

    Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

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  6. Naomi Farr · April 23, 2016

    Well said.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. barry macfoprer · April 23, 2016

    Divisive, poisonous, factional nonsense. This insidious thinking has no place in the Labour Party.

    Liked by 1 person

    • SF Reza · April 24, 2016

      I agree that your comment appropriately describes the behaviour of Ste[hen Kinnock and company.


  8. Phil Worsley · April 24, 2016

    Well put, however.. The problem is that Stephen kinnock and his ilk are so entrenched in their beliefs that the Blair version of labour is right (sic) that any rational argument is either met with derision or a vacant look of incomprehension.

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  9. sdbast · April 24, 2016

    Reblogged this on sdbast.


  10. mrlongden · April 24, 2016

    I, and no doubt, thousands of Labour Party members will totally agree with you. Hopefully, he and not the Labour Party, will suffer the consequences for his spit in the face for all our local election canvassing efforts. Pretty despicable really.

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  11. Andy Coombes · April 24, 2016

    Again, the permanent political class attempts a coup. Thanks for the articulation Chelley.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Daryl Baldwin · April 24, 2016

    Agreed. The membership shows who we want as our leader.


  13. Ganna Block · April 24, 2016

    Well said, I think Jeremy Corbyn is most probably one of the few really honest ministers around, although I don’t agree with all his views he appears to be a genuine politician

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  14. psychim · April 24, 2016

    Kinnock senior was the first leader to swallow the neoliberal lie. He opened the door to Blair and the demise of the party values which gave them all job security and career paths beyond politics. Why? To further the corporate agenda. The term ‘triangulation’ in order to “win” elections was nothing more than a corporate ploy to narrow down the debate and crush any real opposition. The ultimate goal was to create an American system of political ‘democracy’ where there is little, or no challenge to corporate interests. The US now allows ALEC to draft legislation which serves their purpose whoever happens to be in office! (TTIP is going to be much the same in the EU!) Kinnock, Blair and the rest of the careerist politicians on the right are playing the long game of destroying the Socialist element of the Labour Party to kill off what remains of democracy. Neither Kinnock nor Blair supported the unions and both nudged the party to the right. Corbyn and Macdonnel have shown what Labour *should* be and this is upsetting the corporate plan! Kinnock junior is just another careerist on his way through the political process hoping for a lucrative reward from the corporates. We need a purge!

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  15. LM · April 24, 2016

    The trouble is that all the evidence of polling (ok, not perfect but can’t be ignored) is that Corbyn is in fact very unlikely to win an election. This can’t be wished away.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Michael Bernardin · April 24, 2016

      It doesn’t have to he wished away. He doesn’t have to be “electable” for four years yet. Let’s work through that time changing the terms of the debate, and then see who seems electable.


      • Andy Coombes · April 24, 2016

        “Changing the terms of the debate” is the task, not making compromises.


  16. 'The Red Tory' · April 24, 2016


    Firstly, though it is true that Labour lost in 83 because the ‘Left vote was split’ all that shows is that many were not willing to sign up to Foot’s extreme leftist agenda, showing how the far-left is unelectable.

    Secondly, Blair won 3 consecutive elections. Most Labour leaders only win 1. How typical, then, that he is despised by bitter Corbynites.
    New Labour had many successes, including…
    -Minimum wage
    -Tax credits
    -Record spending on health and education
    -Falling child poverty
    -Reform of Lord Chancellor role
    (to name a few)
    Yes, some New Labour policies helped big businesses. But New Labour was about compromise. They understood that they need to win votes from former Tories to get elected.

    Thirdly, if the circumstances were difficult for Foot, they are even worse for Corbyn.
    Constituency boundary changes mean Labour will need to win 100 seats, and the swing needed in marginals will be twice what was required in 2015. 4/5 of net Labour votes will need to come from a Conservative. I don’t see how leftist – and yes, idealistic – Corbyn can do that. Principles and idealism mean nothing without power.

    Finally, it is a bit rich for leftists to ask that Labour centrists ‘shut up’ given how leftists spent years crowing about Blair whilst he is in power. Let us not forget that Corbyn rebelled more times than any other Labour MP, so for his supporters to ask for obedience is little rich.

    That is all.

    The people who see the truth of the situation


    • Andy Coombes · April 24, 2016

      To “The Red Tory” – Blair sold the soul – the principles – of the party for short term *totally unsustainable* gain which you recite, and this appeals to the slightly dim and the cynically manipulative as a good way forward today. Blair got found out.
      My message to you is either cross the metaphorical chamber to where you apparently belong, or get behind the leader and help us change the terms of the debate.

      I really am getting sick of silly little neoliberals bleating about Blair with the critical faculties of a whelk.


      • 'The Red Tory' · April 24, 2016

        Thank you for replying, Andy Coombes.

        Blair’s government of course had weaknesses. The relationship between him and Brown was so unworkable it’s amazing he lasted so long. Blair also ignored his Cabinet and dominated the executive – which was surely not healthy for government. This led to policy failures, such as the Millennium Dome. Iraq of course should have been approached differently.

        But to say he sold ‘the soul’ is a tad extreme. I gave a list of ‘Labour’ policies his government implemented above and shan’t repeat them. If you compare New Labour to the current government at least, I’m sure you’d pick New Labour any day.

        I would also take issue with your use of the word ‘totally unsustainable.’
        New Labour remained in power 13 consecutive years – longer than any other Labour government. If that was unsustainable gain, then half the previous Labour governments must have been on the brink of collapse!

        As for getting behind the leader, I ask that you watch this Alan Johnson interview. I have also written a blog advocating that Blairites should swallow their pride and vote Corbyn in 2020, in case their prediciton that he is unelectable becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy:

        I do not know whether Blairism would work today. Perhaps it might. Perhaps it might not. But one thing is for certain – Corbynism won’t. He has performed poorly in polls, despite being an opposition leader, and as I mentioned earlier, the odds aren’t exactly in his favour, due to the constituency boundary changes and need to win Tory votes. I wish Corbynites would recognise this and stop bleating about him with the critical faculties of a whelk.


  17. Bill · April 24, 2016

    I have voted Labour all my life science I was first able to vote in 1970. I will not be voting Labour now largely due to the idiocy I see coming from the Corbyn camp. I’ll bet you there are many many voters like me who will do the same.


    • Andy Coombes · April 24, 2016

      Bill – you are a dingleberry! 🙂


    • Terry Casey (@tcliverpool) · April 24, 2016

      As many as he loses he will gain twice as many, If the Blairites do happen to depose him Labour will be finished, I would like to know what idiocy you refer? The fact he wouldn’t use Nuclear weapons which will kill most of us and make our country uninhabitable? the fact he is anti war? or maybe he wants to protect the NHS? he’s a lunatic isn’t he? or is that you?


      • Kathy Ferguson · April 25, 2016

        And I’m one of the gains. I’m of the same generation as Bill and also voted for the first time in 1970. However I was a lifelong LibDem voter until I watched the LibDems betray so much of what I believed in during the coalition years. The LibDems were once a radical party, often well to the left of New Labour. Now I hear my ideals expressed by Jeremy Corbyn and John MacDonnell and will happily vote for what they stand for.


  18. Brian Cartor · April 24, 2016

    Exactly. When the Concensus group declared its unity aim a couple weeks or so back I said it was welcome but had reservations about some of the personnel with Stephen Kinnock specifically as one I doubted. Didn’t take long.

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