Monday, 27 June 2016
The demise of the labour party?
Eleven members of the labour party top draw resigned yesterday following the sacking of Hilary Benn the night before. It seems they have lost credibility in their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, following his lack lustre performance during the referendum campaigns, when he failed to stir up enough support for the IN vote.
Perhaps the labour party should have listened more to the views of the people before they chose which side to support, because a very large proportion of labour people voted OUT. That seems to have come as a surprise to parliament, on both sides.
Politicians have ceased to accept that they are where they are in order to represent the views of the people. Neither side has done this. The only party that has been listening is UKIP (U.K. Independence party) which, under the leadership of Nigel Farage, have taken the people's wishes to the top of their agenda. Immigration was the largest issue addressed, but not the only one. So many people voted for UKIP in the last general election and yet only one MP (member of parliament) went to Westminster owing to our out-dated electoral system.
So now the labour party is in disarray and it couldn't have come at a worse time. Jeremy himself refuses to step down and has appointed new people to replace the ones that resigned yesterday.
Update - p.m. Now up to 28 for the resignations. Surely Jeremy Corbyn must resign.
This morning Boris Johnson claimed that the 'leavers' did not vote primarily because of immigration and that there is plenty of time to bring Article 50 into force. Immigration may not have been the primary reason for voting 'leave' for some people, but it certainly was for many others.
The conservative members of parliament are gathering momentum for the nominations for a new leader.
Things are changing by the hour...