In my previous blog I questioned Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership on whether he was effective or that he was by being poorly advised.
I now realise that despite some leadership issues I have with Corbyn, his biggest Achilles heel has been his own shadow cabinet. Their mass resignation confirmed selfishness and a complete lost of any political acumen.
Given that David Cameron just resigned on Friday and that an impending crisis in the Tory party loomed: the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet should have kept quiet and watch the meltdown in Thatchers party.
But no, the Blairite and Brownite wings in the shadow cabinet resigned and thus took the negative headlines away from the Tory party. Marvelous.
The Labour Party has managed to now look in more of a mess than the current GOP under Donald Trump.
No doubt the mass resignations was planned long before this weekend to force Corbyn to quit. The Brexit vote excuse is just a smokescreen. The plot to bring down Corbyn started the minute he was elected leader.
Corbyn has shown better judgement as leader than I expected and that really surprised me. I feel Corbyn should be open to do more interviews with the local and international media to broaden his appeal.
Corbyn brought 1000s of new members to the Labour Party. He’s won a by-election and a Mayor of London under his brief leadership. His handling of Jo Cox’s death was mature and set the right tune.
[It seems a lifetime ago when Labour united in mourning the murder of their rising star]
I also commend Corbyn for placing mental health issues at the heart of his leadership. All this with little support in the press and from fellow senior Labour MPs is remarkable.
This is a real test for Corbyn to show his resilience, flexibility, acumen and leadership.
Steve Hilton – David Cameron’s former top adviser – sums up best Corbyn’s treatment and appeal beyond the Westminster establishment.
“What I really hated about the reaction to Corbyn at the very beginning was this immediate, … very bullying ganging-up by the political establishment to say: this guy is not doing it the way we are used to doing it; he’s not wearing a tie; he’s not reshuffling his cabinet in the way we’re used to doing it.I thought it was incredibly unattractive...
...I think that is something I feel very, very strongly about, which is for decades now there’s been this growing reality that whoever has been in office, the same people are in power, When Corbyn was elected, I found there was a lot to welcome there”