Jeremy Corbyn believes he can win the Labour leadership by a landslide as it emerged that more than 180,000 people have paid £25 to vote in the contest. [JG - By my calculation that an extra £4.5 million quid]
Allies of Mr Corbyn were left jubilant by the late surge, predicting the vast majority were his backers and claiming rival Owen Smith would be left “crying his eyes out” at the news.
Moderates had attempted to shut down the chances of new joiners by upping the price from £3 and restricting registration to a 48-hour period, but people signed up at the remarkable rate of one a second.
While the 183,541 people who applied are still being vetted, they are expected to make up around a quarter of the total group voting on the next leader – meaning they could swing the result.
I know that the apocryphal belief is that the vast majority of these new members are from the
Militant sorry Momentum group of Labour supporters who have a hard-left interpretation of what they think Labour should be doing and for them, the incompetent Jezza is just the man for the job.
For those of us who joined the Labour party to get Jezza elected in the first place [JG - *whistles tunelessly and looks around the room*] he has been a great investment in chaos, anarchy and disorder. In fact the only thing that caught me by surprise was that he nearly did the decent thing and resigned until a backbone stiffening session and stern talking-to by erstwhile comrade John McDonnell and others.
So the vote is coming up and Jezza is on the ballot to the great chagrin of the Parliamentary Labour Party and a minority of the NEC. They’ve fudged the rules as far as they were able to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s support base, but have underestimated the lengths his supporters will go to in order to save their valiant leader (and adding £4.5 million in new subs to the Labour Party is a surprisingly long way).
I know that some of you have concerns about Jezza being accidentally thrust into Downing Street and I admit that is a possibility, but the greater probability is that his re-election will lead to a significant split in the Parliamentary Labour Party with the majority of Labour MP’s either forming a new centre-left party (possibly with the piss-poor remnants of the Liberal Democrats) or just plain sitting as independent Labour MP’s without the whip.
The chance to destroy Labour once and for all is too great to miss, so I’m voting again for Jezza as the Lord of Misrule. “Io Saturnalia!“