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Jeremy Corbyn isn’t Labour’s problem. Not heeding RuPaul….is!

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Unity is often seen as a good thing.  And depending on what’s being united – that can be the case.  However, the current Labour unity against Jeremy Corbyn is going as well as can be expected.

There is so much bad blood flowing around the Labour party at the moment (from its heart to its toe nails) I’m surprised it hasn’t been wheeled into an NHS hospital for a transfusion! Then again, with the track record of some NHS hospitals (Romford Queen’s Hospital) – maybe staying out is the medicine which is keeping it alive.

The belief is that Jeremy Corbyn is a problem for Labour and it’s election chances of 2020.  I don’t actually think that Jeremy is the problem at.

The problem in so far as I can see isn’t with Jeremy – but with the uninspiring nature of the other candidates. Why aren’t they doing better? If Labour doesn’t really like them – who will?

If NONE of them seem able to even come close to Jeremy – in terms of engagement, charisma, warmth, charm & voice- what chance does Labour have in 2020 when fighting a real opponent?  This particular Labour leader election – must be, must be – one of the worst managed, handled and executed election ever.  It’s a disaster in terms of PR, the available candidates and the future election prospects of the party.

If you believe the polls (and after May 2015 why would we?) Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper haven’t captured party members imagination in the same way that Corbyn has.  But maybe this reflects the wider trend away from party suits with plukes (spots for those unfamiliar).  Just evaluate the Corbyn effect – with the Nigel Farage effect.  Great at grabbing headlines.  Great at getting party members enthused and great at getting them active in their communities.  The problem with Farage is, of course, no one outside his gabble of groupies – want to see him actually running the country!

So, I understand why the Labour party fear a Corbyn win.  It would probably be his last success.  Capturing the hearts of your party is one thing.  Capturing the hearts of a nation is another.  As David Cameron has shown us twice – you don’t need to be a brilliant politician or outstanding Prime Minister.  But, as RuPaul would say on her drag race “Good luck….and DON’T fuck it up”.  Unfortunately since 2007 – the Labour Party hasn’t heeded Lady Ru’s words of rudom.

Liz Kendall
Labour Leadership candidate Liz Kendall

But surely the bigger problem here is the total lack of enthusiasm for any of the other candidates.  A number of Labour’s ‘big beasts’ or just ‘beastly beasts’ have come out for Liz Kendall including David MilibandTristram HuntChuka Ummuna, & Margaret Hodge.  Liz Kendall? A future leader? A future Prime Minister on the global stage?  Really?  She ain’t no Angela Merkel or Barbara Castle.  One wonders if some of those names attached to her are giving their backing knowing that the public are as likely to vote for Liz as they are for compulsory syphilis injections (and yes, some will) – thereby giving them time to grow within themselves and prepare for their own Labour leadership bid in 2020?

And then…into the debate tumbles Tony Blair, Alistair Campbell and Gordon Brown – all with one message.  A message which appears to go against the ‘holy grail’ in which new Labour was built.  Negative campaigning on one subject – in which you force feed a message that no one ordered nor has the appetite to taste – let alone devour.

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The lack of a future Prime Minister between here & 2025 is a problem for Labour and the problem is that no one seems to know how to handle it.  From Blair to Brown; Burnham to Cooper – the undignified way this contest is being played out should give much comfort to Chancellor George Osborne – whose chances of being PM are now looking stronger than ever – especially as he’s had plenty of time to practice and improve his communication skills.  By 2020 he will be a force to be reckoned with & could be “our” Tony Blair to “their” David Cameron.  We’ve almost forgotten how insignificant and floundering Cameron used to look at the dispatch box when up against Blair.  Cameron never did and never could win when facing formidable competition.

Whoever wins the leadership of the Labour party – will face the hardest tests of their political career.  They are up against a Tory party machine that survived a major recession and a rather under performing Prime Minister – who then won an election.

The next Labour leader has to not only get the policy right.  They must, as Ed Milliband found to his cost, look and sound like someone who could lead the country. For me, the jury is still out on whether this is possible between now and 2025.  And I think that’s a real shame.

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Rosa Prince Standing Down: Interviews with Retiring MPs

The House of Commons sits for the first time in the new Parliament.  May 2010 Image: Catherine Bebbington
The House of Commons sits for the first time in the new Parliament. May 2010
Image: Catherine Bebbington

Monday Matters is broadcast on 106.9 SFM in Sittingbourne & Swale.

On the latest show, Jason McCrossan was joined on the phone by the Telegraph’s Political Editor Rosa Prince @RosaPrinceUK who is Assistant Political Editor for The Telegraph and was a member of the award-winning team which exposed the 2009 MPs’ expenses scandal.

She has written a book about MPs when they retire – it’s called: Standing Down: Interviews with Retiring MPs.

https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/bo…

General Election Quiz 2015

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On 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com – Jason McCrossan presents Saturday Breakfast. The show was recorded 2 days after the 2015 general election and Jason pitted the wits of Kyra Cross and Bonnie Britain against each other. It was a monumental clash…if underachieving and arguing with the judge can ever be described as that. This is the results.

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Sittingbourne Election Questions

Well, we go to the polls on the 7th May and it seems like the only thing that is sure – is that noone is sure how the vote will turn out.

In Sittingbourne, local radio station 106.9 SFM held a an election debate between 5 of the candidates hoping to be the next Sittingbourne & Sheppey MP.

Subjects such as help for small businesses, the future of our local ambulance service, supporting the fishing industry, staying in or out of the EU, cuts to children’s services, mental health and local housing were all discussed.

All the questions were written and asked by the audience.

This is the first time the candidates for Sittingbourne & Sheppey have debated live on local radio together.

For more information:

http://www.sfmradio.com/election-2015-coverage-debate

Accused of genocide? Better get here quick….

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We have a peculiar set up in 21st century Britain whereby If I was to say or write something derogatory about someone in another country – if they were to protest and take me to court – chances are I’d be hauled in front of a Judge to defend my words.  It seems, however, if someone abroad commits horrendous acts of slaughter, rape or genocide and then flees to our country, our Government is rendered incapacitated to extradite them back to their country of origin by our Courts – in case to do so leads to their torture or death.

And so, they flood here, knowing that our strong humanist beliefs will shelter them from their past indiscretions and enable them, sometimes people who have killed many, to share the same bus or restaurant as our unsuspecting non-murderous citizens who’d be affronted if they knew the true unpleasant history of the person(s) that shares their space.

We wonder why our country has such a bad reputation the further East one sails – we are seen to espouse standards and export morals that we ourselves do not abide by.  If you live in Africa, Iran, Afghanistan or Iraq and know, or even simply suspect, that a man who’d killed, tortured and maimed many people – including some of your own relatives, was walking free and protected by England and English law you’d be sick to your stomach.  You’d wonder at the double standards that doesn’t allow this man who’d brutalised your friends, neighbours, your children to be brought back to your country and account for the crimes committed.

And they are right.  We often condemn Russia for protecting known hitmen and I’m sure there would be absolute outrage in this country if a person killed hundreds of our citizens, fled to Iran and was then protected by the state.  Yes, you can argue that once returned we would not torture and we would not executed. However, with regard to the latter these are our standards that are not universally excepted.

Human rights are crucial and come from one of the worst moments in our history on this planet – Hitler and the Nazi’s.  We must not forget the circumstances that brought in these laws, however, must not allow the continual reinterpretation between different generations of judges and lawyers to decimate credibility in what is about protecting the innocent – not harbouring the guilty.