Firstly, here are some of the reasons people are being given for being purged by the Labour Party Apparatchiks from voting in the forthcoming Labour Leadership Election.
- You previously voted Labour.
- You once liked Michael Foot.
- You think donkey jackets can be cool.
- You have been known to use words of more than two syllables.
- You don’t live in North London nor are you obsessed with the price of your property portfolio.
- You might vote for The Corbynator AKA Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour Party does seem hell bent on a course of self destruction usually only taken by depressed lemmings and WWII Kamikaze pilots. They have gone from a ridiculously open system for their leadership election (I believe that they have a certain Ed Miliband to thank for that) to one where those who are suspected of not thinking in exactly the same manner as the Labour Apparatchiks are deemed thought criminals and their votes cast aside like used tampons.
Are they mad? Quite possibly!
The end result of all this will be a new leader of the Labour Party but what kind of legitimacy will they have? If The Corbynator is defeated then I can see Burnham/Kendall/Cooper at the dispatch box facing a withering fire from the Tory benches. Accusations of gerrymandering, vote rigging and a complete contempt for the democratic process will probably fly thicker than a whale omelette (the whale omelette comment is a Blackadder™ – I don’t wish to fall foul of Messrs Elton and Curtis).
And what about their supporters? The ones who will feel this whole process has been badly planned and executed. They will be a tad pissed off. Now how’s that going to play when the next general election comes around and Labour need volunteers to get their message out to the masses?