Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to resign from leading the Labour Party. What should he do?
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Colin, Nick and Patrick tried to have a three-way vote on Twitter but, whilst it is interesting to see what core members think, let's see what the people think. Can we have an official ilegal position? Let's see
Stay, build the party, find ways to get all those new members involved in campaigning around the country, work to bring people together to defend all the rights that the tories and far right have come together to destroy
GO!....Power at any price is pointless; principles without any chance of power is even worse; putting self before and above the wider Labour movement is unforgivable. Jeremy has lost the confidence of the PLP. The statement from the large Unions is noticeable by not backing him. The Constituency Labour Party probably does back him but how will that help him even if he is re-elected if he cannot even select a shadow cabinet. His supporters in the PLP are threatening a purge of deselection against anyone that opposes them. His supporters in Westminster are essentially from the 1980's era and often London based. He was luke warm on upholding Labour's agreed policy of being pro Europe. If he continues and wins then the Labour Party will descend into vicious Civil War. Even Thatcher knew when it was time to go. Meanwhile the people that the Labour Party and Unions purport to represent have had misery on misery heaped on them and will have more if Labour and Jez do not come to their senses. The silver lining from this black cloud could be the left of centre Angela Eagle. Younger, experienced and more representative of modern Britain than the current cabal she is someone that could unify the Labour Party with a reforming agenda that could be electable. That last bit is very important.
the blairites in the party for a long time have been trying ways to oust jc but we the peasants want him look at eagle she went against her party wishes at home yes there are many treacherous mps who really need to cross the floor but remain well if jc stays they now their time could be up has of changing the party law on deselection jeff3
MPs are elected by the whole electorate not by a relatively few people who have paid a few quid to back a runner- do you really think the electorate will flock to Corbyn? Perhaps we should elect a new electorate that is more in tune with him.
Whatever anyone's opinion is of Mr Corbyn, by bullying him to resign rather than call a leadership election the PLP have failed to comply with Labour Party constitutional rules. Those Labour MPs who are trying to get rid of Mr Corbyn fear that if they called a democratic leadership election Mr Corbyn would win, so they want to circumvent the rules. I have a great deal of respect for a number of those MPs who are calling on Mr Corbyn to resign, but I think that it would rip the democratic heart out of the Labour Party if allowed them to oust him. He certainly has to hold his ground until the 6th July 2016 when the Chilcot Inquiry Report will be published. Go to: www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/
As someone who attended the very first planning meetings for Remain I can tell you that campaign tactics were decided at a local level. One of the campaign organisers told me that I wasn't allowed to talk to anyone who said they were voting Leave and he discouraged me from saying "I will fight for your democratic right to disagree with me." He said "Our only job is to remind those who are voting Remain to get to the polling station." That's not what I call a campaign let alone a good campaign. Alan Johnson was the Director of Labour In, but he hasn't received any stick for his lousy campaign.
I believe that it is important to fight for democracy even if it means that you lose the argument or debate, but since there are a lot of voices expressing a change of heart about voting to leave, it might be worth reading what the constitutional lawyers are writing. See:
Nick Barber, Tom Hickman and Jeff King: Pulling the Article 50 ‘Trigger’: Parliament’s Indispensable Role