Many of Jeremy Corbyn’s rivals think that he’s doing a terrible job. And yet none of them seem eager to challenge him. Almost as if they appreciate that, regardless of who’s in charge, they face an uphill battle. A battle which will take place in a pouring gale with no shoes on and a flock of rabid kestrels bombarding them from every conceivable angle.
One of the most prominent MPs to suggest Corbyn should be replaced was Jess Phillips. Phillips said it was “too soon” to put herself forwards though. Likely because she needs time to gain experience and become a likable/competent politician.
Another who seemed to back away from the prospect was deputy leader Tom Watson. Watson was on TV, gloating about his party’s historic loss, when someone asked if he would run himself. Rather than answering though, Watson ran at the nearest window in an attempt to escape from the building.
This ended up being particularly ill-thought out, as the window was actually extra-tough perspex. And as a result, Watson ended up knocking himself into a stupor. Or at least that’s what he claimed anyway. He was possibly just faking it to avoid answering any more questions.
Beyond these two, pretty much every other MP has screamed “NO!” or “YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” when asked if they’d run.
Because the problems facing Labour are many.
Voters don’t really trust or like their politicians. The media won’t back them. Half of the party hates the other half. Tony Blair keeps intervening on the off chance people suddenly like him again. And until Brexit has progressed/descended into complete chaos, voters will likely stick with the only party that seems to have a firm stance on the issue.
Even if said stance is leading us down a figurative, Apocalypse Now-type river while screaming:
I LOVE THE SMELL OF BREXIT IN THE MORNING!
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