I’ve got absolutely no truck with Boris Johnson’s politics at all, however the Left could learn about party management from him:

When his own MPs rebelled against his Brexit position, he expelled them.

When his closest allies are attacked, he never throws them to the wolves.
Imagine if Corbyn had expelled the MPs who constantly undermined him in public and those who went against the original Brexit position—or even further back expelled those who defied the whip on Syria. Imagine if the Left never abandoned their own over confected smear stories.
Johnson is better off for taking those actions. He showed he was serious about his position. I don’t like his politics but he understands the most basic principles of running a party: discipline, and playing by your own rules—not the opponents. We got it completely reversed.
The Tories understand that party unity isn’t something you ask for, it’s something you create—something you enforce. In Labour, ‘party unity’ is asking kindly for everyone to stop killing each other for two minutes—never going to work.

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