Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 03:19:07 PM EST
Most Labour MPs broadly in the news after the Big Defeat don't realize they are part of the problem, not the solution to rebuild party unity.
One MP in particular who caught my attention was Mrs Emily Thornberry of a Remain constituency in London. She too was one of many Labour MPs who had warned of the coming election disaster. I begin to understand the mission impossible of Labour and its leader Corbyn to attain an election surprise against all odds.
A much better story I read about Labour's North and their anguish over decades. They put all hope in leaving the European Union hoping the attention in London would finally turn to the mining and manufacturing communities that had been Labour's power base.
More below the fold ...
Labour's Jon Trickett 'warned party of risk in ignoring northern vote'
Trickett and his shadow colleague Ian Lavery collaborated on a 36-page study called Northern Discomfort ...
[Driving a stake through Corbyn's heart none other than "you can buy me" Tony Blair ...]
"This is not about Jeremy Corbyn as a person, I have no doubt he is someone of deeply held and sincere beliefs, who stayed true to them under harsh attack.
But politically, people saw him as fundametally opposing what Britain and Western societies stand for. He personified an idea, a brand of quasi revolutionary socialism, mixing far left economic policy with deep hostility to Western foreign policy which never has appealed to traditional Labour voters, never will appeal and represented for them a combination of misguided ideology and terminal ineptitude that they found insulting."
[Source: Tony Blair Institute for Global Change - Access Denied]
MP Thornberry: Labour senior advisers should pay price for defeat
Leadership candidate days it is ísad' that junior staff are facing lay-offs while top team stays on.
The shadow foreign secretary called for a different approach amid anger among Labour employees that two senior figures, Seumas Milne and Karie Murphy, are still on their posts.
On ITV's Peston programme Thornberry said: "It does seem to me that if decisions have been made, wrongly, it should be those people who pay the price and not those that are working night and day in junior positions."
Milne is Jeremy Corbyn's director of communications and strategy, and Murphy was Corbyn's chief of staff before she moved to Labour HQ to run the election campaign.