The appearance on the Labour leadership ballot of Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn has sparked predictable mischief among the less grown-up part of the right, which is to say, rather a lot of it. Once someone discovered that signing up as a registered supporter of the Labour Party could be accomplished for just £3, the stampede was on - well, among all those Clever People Who Talk Loudly In Restaurants, anyway - to join up.
He's not known as Captain Bellend for nothing
And among the gleeful right-wingers splashing their modest amount of cash was the loathsome Toby Young, taking time out from promoting his Free School, and other activities that meet with the approval of Himself Personally Now, who enquired yesterday evening “So what’s the minimum price to be able to vote in the Labour leadership election? Can someone point me towards the URL to join?”
Having figured out the drill, Tobes then joyfully relayed the news that his signing-up as a Labour supporter was complete, together with the not particularly hilarious hashtag #ToriesForCorbyn. From there, his sense of anticipation knew no bounds: “How large is the electorate in the Labour leadership election projected to be? Anyone know?” he asked eagerly. However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, all was not well.
This means he has accepted the declaration ...
When completing the application to become a Labour supporter - you can see the straightforward form and its wording HERE - there is a declaration that says “I support the aims and values of the Labour Party, and I am not a supporter of any organisation opposed to it”. By agreeing that form of words, Toby Young has committed not one, but two fraudulent acts, as anyone doing a few minutes’ Googling could discover.
Were he to “support the aims and values of the Labour Party”, Tobes would not have seriously considered throwing his ego into the ring for the privilege of representing the Tories at the General Election - which he did in September 2013, casting around for support for the nomination in the Hammersmith and Fulham seat. Tobes does not “support the aims and values of the Labour Party”. Fraud Number One.
... and this is that declaration. Pants on fire, Tobes
And, as the man said, there’s more: nor can Tobes claim “I am not a supporter of any organisation opposed to [Labour]”. Take, as an example, a post on No Sacred Cows from July 2011, where he declares “Why I’m A Conservative”. Since then he has wasted no opportunity to speak in favour of Young Dave, and of course Michael “Oiky” Gove. Tobes is a supporter of an organisation opposed to Labour. Fraud Number Two.
[UPDATE 1830 hours: the Labour Party has declined to make Tobes a "supporter", and, moreover, it appears not to be prepared to reimburse his £3.
The Great Man was clearly incandescent with rage: ".@UKLabour has rejected my application to be a registered supporter and is refusing to reimburse my £3. Any friendly lawyers out there?" he blustered to little effect.@jeremycorbyn are rejected, and they keep our money, I see a collective action suit on horizon" he pleaded, to even less effect.
Let me put Tobes straight: he lied to get himself through the registration process, so if anyone is going to take action over his pathetic stunt, it's most likely to be the Labour Party taking it against him.
Moreover, Labour can make a good case for levying an administration fee for their trouble, which might come to, oh I dunno, how about, er, £3?
As for a "collective action", well, as Billy Connolly once said, there's going to be some swearing. Tobes, just take your latest slice of bellendery and f*** right off with it]