Those ‘question marks’ over Corbyn’s leadership? July 23, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
What a meal opponents of Corbyn are making. Unedifying is the word that springs to mind on reading stuff like this.
But perhaps the exaggerated claims are a response to some basic facts.
First up despite the woes of the BLP in relation to this leadership contest, support for the party is considerably stronger than might be expected. Tories are on 37%, Labour 31% (hardly stellar but still, given the rhetoric…), LD’s on 6, UKIP on 15, SNP on 6 and GP on 4.
Meanwhile, Corbyn, when voters are asked, that is LP supporting voters, remains the overwhelming favourite in terms of support – 54% as against 22% for Smith.
It’s this gap between what the parliamentary party say is a problem and what appears to be not quite as problematic – that being Corbyn’s leadership, or indeed the state of the Labour party in terms of public support, that makes all this so frustrating. Again, as argued here before, the very least Corbyn’s opponents should and would be expected to do is give sufficient time for a reasonable and fair assessment of his leadership. That they are unwilling to do that, to in fact do the very opposite is both depressing and telling.