I was intrigued – but not surprised – to learn this morning that the Labour Party has attracted no fewer than 183,000 ‘affiliated supporters’ during the 48 hours that people were permitted to register to vote in the upcoming leadership election. This has added no less that £4,588,525 to the Labour Party’s coffers at £25 a head.
It’s interesting to compare the way the Labour Party is running this election to the leadership election recently carried out by the Conservatives. Quite reasonably, if you joined the Conservative Party less than 6 months before the leadership contest was announced then you were not eligible to vote in that election. This ensured that only genuine Conservative members were allowed to vote for a new leader. Labour, of course, has no such scruples when it comes to keeping the bully boy lefties in power.
It would be interesting to know how many of those £25 payments were made out of the individual’s own pockets and how many were ‘reimbursed’ by the Trades Unions. It would, after all, be a good way to divert members subscriptions into the Party’s coffers, wouldn’t it?
Whatever the ins and outs of this practice, one thing is obvious. If this was being done in Zimbabwe of some other such similar third world shit hole, then the UN would be condemning it as electoral fraud – yet when it is done in this country by one of our major political parties, it is described as ‘opening up democracy to the masses’. It is, as a matter of fact, the exact opposite.
Thankfully, it will make little difference. Corbyn will hang onto his job courtesy of Unite activists and Momentum bullying and intimidation. The PLP will continue to defy him and might even resign the whip and break away. If they do so, then I somehow doubt it will be – as Tim Farron recently fantasised – to join the Liberal Democrats.
Whichever way you look at it, something here stinks and there appear to be an awful lot of people about with a dreadful sense of smell…