Labour’s leadership has just entered an acute crisis….
To borrow a phrase from Blackadder, you wonder who exactly is currently in possession of the one brain cell that seems to the sum total of the entire collective property of this Party’s leadership. Apart from anything else, ‘Memogate’ makes it quite clear that there are senior figures within Labour that are briefing and leaking against the Party leadership and prepared to do as much harm to the Party to bring it down as is necessary. How else did the Daily Telegraph gain possession of these documents? Knowledge of their very existence would be limited let alone access to the originals.
However, the leadership has nobody but itself to blame. Very early on in Ed Miliband’s leadership there was a spate of embarrassing leaks, including that of his pace notes for PMQ’s. The existence of organised internal opposition was obvious at that point but nothing was done. So, here we are in the midst of what constitutes a full-frontal assault on two key figures, including the leader himself, within the leadership and still nothing seems to be done. This pattern of abject weakness was set from the day Ed Miliband named his ‘conciliatory’ first Shadow Cabinet. It is obvious who politically we can blame for these events; a group or individuals with Blairite leanings who are most likely disgruntled David Miliband supporters. This would explain the leaking tonight of the elder Miliband’s victory speech that never was – reminding us, tempting us and teasing us with what we could have had.
Will the leadership wake-up and do something? Speaking personally I am not holding my breath….this leadership is too weak to lead and as such it will perish, probably sooner rather than later…..