Friday, 2 October 2020
Expel Corbyn from Labour? surely to stupidest idea of the year!
This letter was submitted to The Times, on 1st October: it is the third time in the past few months The Times newspaper, or a writer for it, has called for Jeremy Corbyn to be expelled fromthe Labour Party. I was astonished to read Max Hastings, a former editor of two major British newspapers (The Daily Telegraph, London Evening Standard) - and an eminent contemporary historian of modern warfare - call for the expulsion of Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party, in an article with a sub-head 'strapline' calling for the revival of respect for MPs ("How to help our politicians raise their game," 1st October 2020;https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-to-help-our-politicians-raise-their-game-vbt27tkd3) Mr Corbyn was elected twice as Labour Party leader, initially his 40.5% majority was a larger proportional majority than that attained by Tony Blair in 1994 when he secured the Labour leadership. The party's membership soared to over 600,000 in part due to the policies for which Mr Corbyn was arguing that should be implemented as party policy. The membership has reduced to around 450,000 since, but it still consists in substantial part of people whose politics are similar to those espoused by Mr Corbyn. Were the New management, as Mr Starmer likes to call it, of the Labour Party to expel Mr Corbyn for whatever nefarious reason may be dreamed-up ( I would hazard a guess at anti-Semitism after the publication of the e upcoming investigation), tens of thousands of party members would resign in protest., including several MPs I expect. I have known Jeremy Corbyn of over 25 years, working with him on peace and disarmament issues; he is one of the most diligent, hardworking, honest and high moral-based MPs I have ever encountered . He has been a member of the Labour Party for over fifty years. Just what is Max Hastings thinking?