Wednesday Jeremy Corbyn had a pretty good day so perhaps that was the reason for a downpour on his parade post PMQs?
Even some in the PLP who oppose Corbyn were pleased with his performance at the weekly Westminster farce that is PMQs and the last televised hustings scheduled for Sky TV Wednesday night could have been the icing on the cake but was it?
Ahead of the debate between Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith a list of MPs who have verbally attacked Corbyn supporters on social media was somehow leaked and it raked up old divisions. The timing was appalling which surely raises questions about who released it and why.
Online buddy Sandra Paynter has shared the names on the list which are:
To be fair a number of party members and supporters are currently excluded from taking part in the leadership election following accusations and allegations which in some cases are fake or simply nonsensical.
So "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" or in this case what is good for we little people is good for the PLP!
However in reality that is not the case.
The 'list' is being used in the smear a day campaign against Corbyn and his supporters.
The often anti-Corbyn Labour List online, yes another LIST, has this Thursday "http://labourlist.org/2016/09/corbyns-team-sparks-plp-anger-over-disunity-list/
It is a brief post so we have reproduced it is full and urge you to read it thoroughly. It is vague but divisive.
Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign team has prompted anger among the PLP by issuing a list of 14 MPs who it says have attacked the leaders and his allies.
With phrases such as "it was claimed last night" and "it is thought" in the Labour List report added to Mr Smith's use of the list during the hustings rather than concentrating on real issues it has a whiff of a rat in there.
But if the current NEC with Iain McNicol in charge are trawling social media accounts in order to remove Mr Corbyn supporters from the party for using words such as red tory, Blairite and scum what is so wrong with monitoring Labour MPs bringing the party into disrepute with vile tweets on social media and reports in the mainstream media?
Labour Party members and supporters have been told they must not be abusive on social media and face suspension from the party if they do not comply.
The Big Brother style named Compliance Unit has been in overdrive removing people for silly reasons so as we said what is good for we the little people is good for the PLP.
So who released the list and why is important although this should be a non-story.
In my opinion the fact that Owen Smith opted to use it during the final hustings proves he is not the unity candidate he claims.
There are only days left to vote but Wednesday many people who were still waiting for ballot papers to arrive were finally smiling.
The massive delay has been blamed on many things including administrative problems but we wonder was it more to do with timing, that list and that Sky hustings?
[And if it was a deselection list it would surely include at least a few other names]
For those still waiting for ballots for the Labour Leadership contest, I have just been told the following:
-I have just been reissued with an email and postal ballot today-Fri 2nd September as I have still not received one as of 12pm. I rang 0345 092 22 99, pressed option 5, then option 2.
-I was told I should receive my email ballot by Tuesday (6th Sep) or Wed (7th Sep). I should receive my postal ballot by a week from the date of request-in my case, Fri 9th Sep.
-The man I spoke to was very helpful, but was NOT aware of circulating rumours of 102,000 eligible people still not receiving their ballots. He did think it was "bizarre" and "strange" what is going on, though.
-The Cut off for asking for a ballot to be re-issued is:
POSTAL BALLOTS (Just Full Members): Wed 7th September
EMAIL BALLOTS (Everyone else INCLUDING Full Members): Wed 14th September
-The man advised me to NOT wait until 14th September though if you still have not received the original ballot(s), or the re-issued ballot(s). HE SAID GET IN CONTACT SOONER.
Also, he said if people vote via email and postal ballot, they take whichever is received first. The same goes if you suddenly receive the original ballot(s) AND the re-issued one(s). They will only accept one vote (obviously and rightly so!).
-PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT THEM ASAP
-IF it is true that 102,000 eligible voters have not received their ballots, this is VERY worrying. If you add this to the 160,000 Full Members not allowed to vote, and approx 55,000 Registered Supporters not allowed to vote, that means a total of approx 317,000 people!!! That would be HALF of all the approx 640,000 Members/Supporters/Affiliates etc who thought they had a vote.
-I'm sure the Electoral Services must have some explanation; maybe they are waiting for information from the Labour HQ?
But it does seem odd, IF and I say IF the Electoral Services, who deal with the General Election ballots that number at least 8 times the amount for this Labour Leadership election, are struggling, for whatever reason, to get these ballots out. What is going on?
Many Thanks to Adam Samuels
Labour supporter Eric Potts watched the Birmingham Labour hustings Thursday August 18 and has shared his opinion:
I wanted a little time to reflect before posting on last night's Hustings.
1. I thought Jeremy was, and looked, very tired. That's an observation, not a criticism. He has every right to be tired, given the punishing schedule he is having to maintain. It is a crime that he is being put through all this, especially as each session covers virtually the same ground and is, largely, a huge waste of time and resources. Even so, he still came across as the man to trust, the man who has given and will give everything for the good of humanity.
2. Owen Smith says lots of the right things, but this just makes him seem untrustworthy since he was saying virtually none of these things before the contest. His flash presentation and empty rhetoric will only win over those whose approach is as shallow as his to begin with.
3. Who does Owen think he is kidding on Brexit? Apart from a personal and unproven allegation against Jeremy - which Jeremy sensibly ignored - he pretends that he can reverse the referendum, or ignore it. No one is more passionately pro-EU than me; I desperately wish the result had been different. But it wasn't and we have no choice but to live with it. Owen pretends that he knows what's best for all those "stupid" people who voted for Brexit. In truth, he is treating them and democracy with contempt and that contempt will rebound on him.
4. Jeremy is attacked for not "being there" and speaking out on specific occasions. Now, this is an attack that might cause damage, and it needs to be dealt with. The simple truth is that, to Smith's and the media's chagrin, Jeremy is not and has no intention of acting Presidentially, of hogging all the limelight. He allows, instead, his Shadow Cabinet their own time in the sun, letting them speak out without always trying to draw all attention back to him. After all, it was Owen Smith who was Shadow Pensions Secretary: so if anyone was going to attack on IDS's resignation, it should have been Smith!
Jeremy will not play the media game. That is why they hate him. That is why we love him.
5. That said, there have been a number of occasions when Jeremy and the team's response could have been better and sharper, without selling the pass. We need his advisers to think on their feet more quickly, to understand how things are likely to play out in the media, and to help prepare a response which remains principled but which will deflect or at least minimise unfair criticism.
All that said, Jeremy still marches on to victory. I hope, too, that there are people already preparing for what happens then, working out how to bring more of the PLP on board, and how to respond if Paul Mason proves right and all this turns out to be just a skirmish before the real war begins.
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