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posted ago by AntonioOfVenice ago by AntonioOfVenice +52 / -0

According to James Forsyth:

Khalid Mahmood has resigned from the Labour front bench saying that 'A London-based bourgeoisie, with the support of brigades of woke social media warriors, has effectively captured the party' source

This comes after the historic election loss for Labour in local elections, where the party bled even more in working-class areas than it did in 2019.

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ClockworkFool 14 points ago +14 / -0

Well I mean, that isn't news. It's exactly what the Corbynites were fighting against, it's the exact battle that has been raging in the party for a while now, and why Corbyn was both so embraced by the grass-roots and so feared and loathed by the media and establishment wing of the party.

If you wanted to do something about it, then you should have done more back before Corbyn's fate was sealed.

Ultimately, that fight was lost a while back though, and there's nothing to be done anytime soon. This is all that's left of the "Labour Party". The battle for it's soul is over, and Starmer and his establishment types are who won.

The fact that the grass roots won't suddenly abandon their core principles to rally around the victors, the knives they used on their fellow labour party members still in hand, should come as no surprise.

The next general election is likely to make the one that led to Corbyn's resignation look like a tour de force, and they'll still be parroting the nonsense that Starmer is an asset all the way.

This comes after the historic election loss for Labour in local elections, where the party bled even more in working-class areas than it did in 2019.

One way to put it. They even lost a seat so hardcore Labour that it had only been in Tory hands once or twice since the end of WW2. A seat in a region that voted overwhelmingly in favour of Brexit. A seat that they put forward a noted Remainer for, and who in the aftermath of a crushing and frankly not that surprising defeat, are still describing as a good candidate and the correct one to have put forward.

EDIT - There's a bleakly fun parallel here. The establishment wing of Labour didn't oppose Corbyn because they were afraid he would fail, they opposed him because they were terrified he might succeed. This paralleled the Rino/Trump situation, but it's also pretty much the reason why the Tories spent so much time trying to prevent a Boris Johnson leadership, and this is perhaps the exact fate they tried to prevent in the last couple of leadership elections.