So he had struck again. Jeremy Corbyn, arguably the worst leader in British political history (Although the argument against weakens by the day) has finally completed his ‘revenge re-shuffle.’ The idea is to take revenge on those who argued against him on Syria, even though it was supposed to be a free vote. If that is not insidious enough, the conduct of the re-shuffle went from bad to worse to worse still as it took a full two days for no real apparent reason. Being PM means taking tough, quick decisive decisions, Corbyn is clearly incapable of doing this.
So in the end what does it all mean? Maybe it actually doesn’t mean anything at all, given if Corbyn stays they will lose almost no matter what he does. But here are some conclusions and highlights anyway from this shambolic event.
- Corbyn chickened out of the big decision. The primary target of this re-shuffle was Hilary Benn after his brilliant speech regarding Syria. Brilliance of course is not acceptable in today’s modern Labour Party, this whole thing was primarily about him going, but he has stayed. Mr Corbyn’s Team have pathetically tried to defend this by claiming some deal has been done for him to be less dissenting, Benn has already denied this saying he has not been muzzled, whatever the truth, it is clearly as meaningful a deal as David Cameron’s EU negotiations.
- With Benn not going, shadow culture secretary, Michael Dugher was the man sacrificed as the Blairite offering to the Corbynite cult to pretend Corbyn is not actually a coward, and has done something decisive to eliminate those horrible Labour moderates who want Labour to win elections. Dugher has already hilariously updated his Twitter account to say he has been sacked for conducting ‘too much straight talking, honest politics.’ Ouch.
- Dugher’s sacking at shadow culture secretary allowed Corbyn to demote Maria Eagle out of fear she would oppose him on Trident. As a result she has been demoted to Culture. Something John McDonnell has tried to comically claim was Maria Eagle’s ‘Dream job’ One of the junior members of the team who resigned over her leaving and knows her well, Kevan Jones, has already rubbished this. Not that it needs it. Afterall, whose dream job is serving a dreadful political leader as the shadow on culture? Nobody, that’s who.
- The next move demonstrates Corbyn’s commitment to offending the English, who he seems to have forgotten he actually needs to win back as well as pursuing his hard-left policy of getting rid of the nuclear deterrent. With Eagle gone from defence enter Emily Thornberry, the woman who posted a picture of someone with an English flag flying and a white van outside the house insinuating this was a sinister thing to do. Even Ed Miliband had the good sense to be furious and almost certainly would have sacked her had she not resigned first. Only Jeremy Corbyn of course could bring her back. The other part of this of course, is it ensure an anti-Trident speaker will speak for Labour when that debate comes around. The Eagle and Thornberry decisions further proves Corbyn cannot be trusted with British National security.
- Last but by no means least was the biggest shock of the re-shuffle. The removal of Shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden. Leaving aside the obvious point that removing your reasonably effective shadow Europe Minister at the point the Tories announce a free vote on the EU referendum is bonkers anyway, the reason for McFadden’s sacking reinforces the very, very worst of Corbyn. On this blog I have no problem using the words ‘Corbyn is a terrorist sympathiser’, all the evidence is there on countless fronts, but to reinforce it in a re-shuffle takes the cake. McFadden was sacked for ‘disloyalty’ which apparently refers to comments made after the Paris attacks that terrorists should not be able to blame Western policy for their sick actions. The Labour leadership have today confirmed this was the reason for his removal. Apparently we should accept that sick terrorist acts are the west’s fault according to this logic. and this appears to be Labour policy. As a result, McFadden had to go. Yes, really, for remarks that are pure sense to anyone with brain cells. The fact he had to go is a conclusion only a terrorist sympathier could possibly have drawn. That man is Jeremy Corbyn.