Op-Ed: Thursday evening Jeremy Corbyn began the reshuffle of his shadow cabinet.
The Spectator opts for "Submission not unity’: Labour MPs react to Corbyn’s reshuffle" and notably shares tweets from three of the worst Corbyn dissenters Tom Blenkinsop, Jess Phillips and Jamie Reed.
Reed opts for sarcasm and we as all know it is the lowest form of wit. What would Billy Connolly say? "More to be pitied than scolded" maybe.
Jo Smith who was appointed secretary of state for Wales said however "Well if you look at the appointments he made yesterday, I didn’t support Jeremy in the leadership election, neither did Nia Griffith, neither did Kier Starmer and I don’t think Sarah Champion did either, so he has made appointments to his shadow cabinet from the opposing part of the leadership campaign."
We reported the reshuffle as it stood Thursday "Jeremy Corbyn Shadow Caninet reshuffle 2016" and the latest changes Friday will follow.
Jeremy Corbyn was again damned whatever he did by some in the PLP and beyond. But we have wasted enough time with coups, plots, hissy-fits, unnecessary interal elections and silly spats this year. It is time to organise and prepare for any upcoming election nationally and or locally.
The spin and hype is Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable but don't be fooled-where there is a will there is a way and the first step is getting a good team in place to fight the Tory government and support the party leader.
Jon Ashworth has accepted the role of shadow cabinet health minister. The Daily Mirror reports "Jonathan Ashworth has confirmed he is the new Shadow Health Secretary - but declined to say what will happen to his job on Labour’s ruling NEC. "Jeremy Corbyn’s asked me to take up the role of Shadow Health Secretary,” he tells the BBC. “It’s an honour to take up such an important role in the Labour party. I think the NHS is in crisis under the Tories.“I’m a member of the National Executive and it’s a post I take very seriously.” Asked if he’s lost his NEC seat, he says: “They’re decisions for the leader and the shadow cabinet and I’m not going to get into that today if that’s okay.”
There had already been speculation that Mr Corbyn would appoint Ashworth in order to remove him from the NEC and tip the balance of power back in his favour.
There are however dffering reports as to how easy that could be. If the existing Labour Party rule book is followed expect a bit of a tussle.
Shadow Lord President of the Council and Labour’s National Campaigns Co-ordinator Jon Trickett returns to the role he was given in June replacing.
Friday evening the Independent has the full completed shadow cabinet list:
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]
Claudine Cole is sticking with Corbyn in the party leadership and here is why:
The leadership contest is not only about two people and their abilities. The result of this contest will ultimately decide who rules our party. The PLP or the membership.
Over the years a large section of the PLP have manoeuvred and plotted to silence the membership and secure themselves a position of ultimate power within the party. All accountability has been stripped away and they have disregarded their CLPs wishes and instructions. This has now come to a head with the question of statutory reselection of MPs being suggested.
Those with their noses in the trough and a poor voting record went into a panic.
They knew that if they faced reselection they would be sacked.
This is why some MPs and former Shadow Cabinet resigned. To save their place on the gravy train. To ensure that we would be the good little mushrooms that they wanted us to be, kept in the dark and fed on bullshit.
We have seen some atrocious behaviour from the coup leaders over the past few weeks. In their desperate attempt to hold onto to their lavish lifestyles they have ignored instructions from their CLPs; slandered and bullied Jeremy and his supporters while crying that they were being bullied; banned 130000 members from taking part in the vote then spent thousands of pounds that those members had paid into the party to uphold the decision.
This is not democracy it is dictatorship.
Anyone thinking of voting for Owen Smith should think very carefully and do some research into Smith, a man who worked for a pharmaceutical giant who got into parliament to try to change the way that the NHS bought its drugs.
They should look long and hard at his voting record and abstentions. While living a life of luxury he abstained on the welfare bill that pushed millions more people into poverty.
They should look at how fast he changes his policies to suit who is listening and they should ask, CAN I TRUST HIM?
A vote for Owen Smith is a vote to return the party to the undemocratic tail wagging the dog party where the MPs do what they want and the members have no say.
A vote for Jeremy Corbyn will see the party restored to the membership with a million members willing to work for real change in our communities.
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