Once upon a time, decades passed, a few dozen Labour MPs, many who faced deselection, decided to cut and run from the Labour party and form their own shindig. Their departure sewed seeds of disquiet that undermined the Labour party but their own political careers suffered worst.
It seems we are not short of comparisons of the Council for Social Democracy with the Gang of Hiding in the Shadows who agitated for the current “coup” but, obviously, we are really talking chalk and cheese. The ignobility of the GHitS is an insult to the Gang of Four. Those who support Labour as a democratic party and who support a leadership who represent the party’s membership interests have variously been bullied, disenfranchised, insulted, demonised and defamed by those who either schizophrenically believe they will be able to coral those same members’ support in the future or intend to further corrupt Labour’s democratic structures so as to neutralise member democracy altogether.
On the day when voting begins for the Labour leadership, illogical arguments are still being trumpeted to try and scare party members to vote against their best interests and against their principles.
First, they brought you, “Corbyn is not electable”.
Then they brought you, “Electing Corbyn will cause a split in the party that will make Labour unelectable”.
The obvious solution is to get rid of the people who are committed to undermining at any cost the person that you support; the people that are damaging the party’s election chances. In what world is that not the logical answer? The world where you find yourself ideologically opposed to the person leading and where your career has been stalled because you can’t get near enough to power for your betterment?
But why are these people hiding in the shadows? Paul Mason has talked about why they have been so silent during the farcical “coup”. In last year’s leadership election, the presumed ‘Blairite’ candidate Liz Kendall attracted 4.5% of the votes. I quite like Kendall, though did not vote for her, but it is clear that the party does not want her politics defining Labour.
This is not history repeating itself. Those who desperately want to control the Labour party, despite attracting less than 5% of support within the Labour party, have screamed into the wind and been found wanting. No one wants a split, in fact, party members, CLPs, want nothing more than to work with their MPs for the future of the party but if MPs do not want to work with us then best they go.