This article is a goldmine of stupidity. The quotes from Labour MPs and officials show a bunch of people flailing around as they drown, unable to understand the situation they're in.

But amid that, it contains useful glimpses of the Labour right's aims. >…
It's nice of them to set out the Labour right's big objective: "A big bang change to water down members' hold."

Is that what 56% of members voted for last year? To have less say? To be made powerless?

Which number was that among Keir's 10 pledges?
The justification? "MPs represent millions of voters, whereas party members represent only themselves."

Nah MPs get elected as Labour reps. The idea they're all brilliant individuals whose sheer talent wows voters is quickly disproved by all the quotes from MPs in this article.
Also, don't believe them when they say they won't try to change the leadership election rules at conference this September. If they think they can do it, they will do it.
Whoever gave this quote should really have kept schtum. I hope Keir reads it.

The Labour right knows he's is a dud and will dump him as soon as it's safe to. This isn't a Catch-22 for Keir—if he has any sense, which is doubtful, he won't build his own gallows.
I love the way Paul Waugh just assumes that changing the leadership election rules is a message to voters rather than a factional power grab (I don't remember him showing such generosity about the motives of the previous leadership). As if voters are going to care.
Great advice! What Keir has been missing is the "drama" of a fight with his own party.

He suspended the former leader, for God's sake. How much drama do you need?

Since then Keir's and Labour's polling has collapsed.

You wonder if these MPs are actually trying to sabotage him.
Attacking the left really is the only play these people know. In this MP's case, it may be because they're getting their advice from Tories.

Note the casual mental health slur from someone who sits on Labour's front bench.
Kinnock's best general election result was 34% in 1992, way behind Corbyn's 40% in 2017.

In the other general election Kinnock fought, he achieved 31%, less than Labour got in 2019.

Ironically these people accuse the left of being stuck in the 80s.
The idea Keir Starmer passes the "prime minister test" is no more than blind faith. According to the public, who are the people who get to vote on it, he fails.

Nor is he being dragged down by the Labour brand, which is more popular than him.

This is alternate reality stuff.
Starmer would be doing great if it wasn't for the rule of six.
This is my favourite bit. The biggest thing Keir has got going for him—the BIGGEST thing—is that he's so invisible no one knows who he is.

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22 Jun
6 weeks ago Keir Starmer said Labour had to stop "looking internally."

Since then he's tried to sack his deputy, botched a reshuffle, dumped his chief of staff, director of comms & political secretary, & allowed endless obsessive briefing against the left
After the disaster of Hartlepool Keir Starmer said “I will set out what change is needed over the next few days” & present a “bold vision for a better Britain.” A month-and-a-half later, with another potential by-election disaster looming, where is it?
On the one hand, there's the thing Starmer promised to stop doing - "looking internally."

He's still doing it.

On the other hand, there's the thing Starmer promised to start doing - "setting out a bold vision."

He isn't doing it.
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18 Jun
According to @politico Angela Rayner insists "Corbyn photobombed her by sliding into the shot [on the left] unnoticed" & "she did not know he would be there in advance and did not talk to him"... yet she then posed for the shot on the right!

Such cowardly and pathetic behaviour.
In actual fact, Angela Rayner took the microphone from JC to speak, yet somehow didn't "notice" he was there.

Just beneath contempt.
And she walked into the photo, not the other way around.
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6 May
Keir Starmer has made himself a hostage of the Labour right, and at a time of their choosing (not yet) they'll cast him aside. He dynamited all his bridges with the left, cutting himself off from any sources of counter-pressure, so no one's coming to save him. >
I think the political dynamics of bad election results are: the worse Starmer does, the more dependent he is on the right, which can make his survival conditional on him kicking the left more.
So they're already talking about a shadow cabinet reshuffle. It's almost sad for the soft left because they cheered on as Starmer cleared out those to the left of them, only to find that they're now next in line.
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1 May
It's awkward for Labour that Human Rights Watch—far from the most radical human rights organisation—has concluded that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians amounts to apartheid, a crime against humanity. Labour seems to view the accusation of apartheid as antisemitic. >
In Feb, after Israeli human rights orgs B’Tselem reached the same conclusion, a Labour member proposed a motion to their CLP supporting B’Tselem's call for an end to apartheid. It was ruled out on the grounds that accusing Israel of apartheid runs counter to the IHRA definition.
Apparently, accusing Israel of apartheid is equivalent to saying it's a racist endeavour, one of the examples of antisemitism accompanying the IHRA definition. The matter was passed up from local CLP officers to regional officials to the governance unit. It's what Labour thinks.
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22 Nov 20
It's all my fault. According to the Mail on Sunday:

"Sir Keir is also said to have been ‘infuriated’ when former Corbyn speechwriter Alex Nunns tweeted that Mr Corbyn’s readmission as an ordinary member was ‘a huge climbdown from the leadership and a victory for the Left’."
Obviously this is nonsense. Starmer buckled under pressure from the right, so they're scrambling for any way they can blame the left. Hilariously, the best they can do is put it about that Starmer withdrew the whip from Jeremy Corbyn because of this tweet:
If it was true, it would certainly show "new leadership"—a uniquely pathetic form of leadership, willing to risk splitting the party in a tantrum over a tweet. Why portray the man who wants to have his finger on the nuclear button as so thin skinned? Bizarre and embarrassing.
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1 Nov 20
They decided that whether that staffer was or wasn't put there by the leadership for political reasons, "some people" perceived him to have been, and that undermined confidence in the independence of the complaints process.
That's very interesting because in June, when a new Executive Director of Legal Affairs was hired to oversee GLU, the press was told he was Starmer's "trusted ally," his "enforcer," and GLU staff should fear for their jobs.

Didn't that undermine the independence of GLU?
Bringing this back to Corbyn, on an all-staff call on Friday—perhaps stung by NEC members having disputed that the General Secretary even has the power to suspend—staff were told he'd consulted Starmer's reported "enforcer." Just can't escape the charge of political interference.
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