Corbyn's re-election means it is now a permanent party of Oppositionby John McTernan / September 24, 2016 / Leave a comment
Is this the end of the Labour Party? It’s hard to say, but it is definitely well beyond the beginning of the end. Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader, his victory over challenger Owen Smith, has committed Labour to being a permanent party of opposition.
Corbynistas readily say that Labour’s poor opinion polls are all because of the leadership election and nothing to do with the leader. Or they are because of a Tory honeymoon—a new Prime Minister makes the country feel as though there has been a General Election. The one figure Corbyn’s supporters never want to talk about are his personal approval ratings, which currently lag 71 points behind Theresa May’s. They have no answer for this because this is the one measure that Corbyn is responsible for. A brave few whisper “MSM!” (that is, they lay the blame with the “mainstream media”) and briskly try to change the subject, but they all know that the public has the measure of Corbyn. Voters have seen enough of him and have decided what they think—in Attlee’s immortal phrase, when sacking John Parker, “not up to the job.”