They Really Are ALL In It Together!

I like to see good friends getting on as much as the next person. The sight of heads huddled in a cafe over a shared confidence, or peals of laughter ringing out on a train from a pair of besties on their way out for the day, does my heart good. But when those two close friends are BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, and right wing Labour MP Jess Phillips, and their friendly chat is being broadcast to millions of people during a crucial General Election campaign, it doesn’t have quite the same heart warming effect.

But that’s what I bore witness to on Newsnight last night. Best friends, Jess and Emily went for a nice stroll in the more affluent part of Jess’s constituency so Jess could knock on a few doors and be seen for the hardworking, down to earth but laugh-a-minute MP she purports to be. Then they returned to the TV studio, which may as well have been a local cafe where best friends often go for a nice chat over tea and cake, because all that was missing was the tea and cake.

They proceeded to have a cosy little chat about the leaked Labour manifesto and Jess, being the reasonable woman she is (rolls eyes), conceded it might prove a smidge helpful on the doorsteps, while I sat there seething and thinking, without Corbyn you’d be offering the electorate the same Tory Lite policies Labour have been offering them since the early 2000’s, driving them away in their droves. Emily gently asked her mate Jess, ‘So why is Jeremy Corbyn attracting such large crowds wherever he goes, but failing to attract voters around the country?’ This was a beautiful set up for bestie Jess to go for the goal. Salt of the earth Jess pulled the obligatory pained expression and replied something along the lines of, ‘well he’s always stuck in a positive feedback loop of people who support him,’ meaning he’s refusing to see the truth of how unpopular he really is. Then to try to inject some balance for show, Jess said the same was true of Theresa May.

This was the moment I knew for sure Jess and Emily were best friends with shared values and goals, not politican and interviewer, because at this point any interviewer with any professional integrity would have asked the following million dollar questions; questions I have yet to hear any interviewer on any tv channel or radio station ask any right wing Labour MP.

“Do you think the way you and your colleagues have spent the last 20 months openly and publicly denigrating Corbyn’s leadership at every available opportunity; writing about it in right wing newspapers, speaking of little else in TV and radio studios, tweeting about it, resigning over it, refusing to take up posts in his shadow cabinet because of it, forcing a second leadership contest to overthrow it, telling the public you can’t support it and can’t vote for it and want nothing whatsoever to do with it, is why you are hearing your own words about weak incompetent, hard-left leadership, mirrored back to you on the doorsteps? And when you do hear those words, do you get a warm fuzzy glow inside and think, wow haven’t I done well, or do you ever feel a pang of guilt knowing the biggest lag effect on Labour’s polling is Corbyn, and that’s largely because of your relentless and public acrimony? And if Labour do lose the General Election, will you and your colleagues take responsibility for the damage you did or will you pin the entire blame on Corbyn because it suits you to do so?”

But none of these questions were forthcoming just as they never are. I never got to see Jess made to squirm and no interviewer will ever make her or her faction squirm. That’s because they’re best friends, and they are ALL in it together!

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8 comments

  1. Tricia · May 13

    And if by chance Labour are not elected this time I will leave the Labour Party …and many others like me who believe that Corbyn is a brilliant politician as well as a man of integrity who will lead this country in the way I want to see it going. It will be the last chance for Labour as a truly democratic socialist party to govern. And it will be the fault of the right wing traitors like Jess Phillips and Ben Bradshaw et al. They are trying to destroy Labour as a real alternative to the Tories. Shame on them

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    • chelleryn · May 13

      Please don’t leave because that’s what the right wingers want. Corbyn won’t stand down if we lose and we need to stay and fight for him.

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    • Janet Marks · May 14

      Please don’t leave. This fight for the Labour Party is going to take as long as it takes. Blair had his way because many people left. We have to keep up the pressure on these people who denigrate Corbyn and so show themselves to pro-austerity and pro-neo-liberal economics – just like the tory leadership.

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  2. Rosemary Hedges · May 13

    It is indeed the mystery of the decade – why it is that no MSM journalists comment on the shockingly disloyal behaviour of the right wing Labour MPs over the last two and a half years, in their attempts to unseat Corbyn. If I met any of those MPs that would be the first question I would ask them.

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  3. The side of the party Phillips is from lost 181 seats and 5m votes down the years, they alienated labours heartlands with their out austeritying the Tory Policies, I voted for Corbyn twice and will again after the dreadful carry on from the right, In my opinion the rebels were wrong footed by Theresa May, They thought they would have a dreadful local elections with all their shananagins and trying to make Corbyn unelectable, and that would trigger another leader’s election where they thought they would then at last get rid of Corbyn ready for the election in 2020, it backfired and now they are worried about their seats, I heard one say some of our people will lose their livelihood, well suck it up.
    I say to the poster above don’t leave just get angry and work as hard as you can to keep Corbyn, otherwise this last two years has been wasted. we have a long way to go but we will get there, keep the faith.

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  4. kickoff3pmDave · May 14

    So this is the same Jess who cares so much about you community that she fail to even acknowledge the major youth in business even in Birmingham recently. Jeremy Corbyn travailed up for London but she couldn’t walk down the road. Cares more about employing her mates and raking in expenses then employment for youth in her constituency. Oh and lets not forget the handy “women’s rights” lobby and that book she promotes for more cash.

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  5. hirsutemal · May 14

    Reblogged this on MAL's MURMURINGS.

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