The Labour Party website had one of those embarrassing moments, but the result of the leadership and deputy leadership emerged anyhow: Angela Rayner is now the party’s deputy leader, and Keir Starmer the successor to Jeremy Corbyn. Starmer won on the first ballot; his 56% of the popular vote means he secured more votes than Corbyn in 2015.
So it was no surprise to see Master Cole revealing another press attack line: “Labour have elected more knights than women to lead their progressive party”. And then came the ocean-going hypocrisy from the Murdoch Sun: “Millionaire Sir Keir Starmer is set to be crowned the new Labour leader”. That’s the paper owned by multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch, and managed on his behalf by multi-millionaire CEO Rebekah Brooks.
And while Starmer gets to work on assembling his Shadow Cabinet, Hodges has already told his followers the most likely subject of his next MoS column, and another right-wing press attack line: “Just one thing. Starmer's got a mandate from the members now. So that's it, right? Everyone in the party - including Momentum - has to shut up and back him whatever he does. That's how it works, isn't it?” SPLIT! SPLIT! SPLIT ALREADY!!
Meanwhile, they might reflect on these words from Margaret Thatcher: “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left”. Got it in one, Mrs T.
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