Do you think he should stay?
It’s been a pretty heavy week for British politics. With many parties still reeling from the results of last week’s referendum, the Houses of Parliament have never felt less stable – though the main fallout hasn’t quite been where you’d expect it to be.
Instead of showing the much-needed unity that you’d expect from the country’s main opposition party, Labour has been the biggest casualty of this seismic shake-up. This weekend, Jeremy Corbyn – who unsuccessfully campaigned to ‘Remain’ in the EU – woke up to an attempted coup from his own party following the result, with two-thirds (39) of his members dramatically resigning over his lack of leadership.
This was followed by an overwhelming vote of no confidence yesterday, which saw Corbyn lose support from three-quarters (172) of his Labour MPs. Only 40 chose to come out in support.
Despite these devastating displays, the opposition leader – who was elected with “the largest mandate ever” last year – is now refusing to step down from his role. “I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 per cent of Labour members and supporters,” he said in response to the vote yesterday. “I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.”
Unfortunately, his resolve isn’t quite enough to keep him in the job. According to The Guardian, Labour MPs are now preparing to launch another leadership contest, in a bid to oust Corbyn ‘democratically’ from the role. However, reports claim that the only realistic candidates to stand against him are now the former shadow business secretary Angela Eagle, or the current deputy leader Tom Watson (as in, the guy who spent these last few crucial days on a huge post-Glasto comedown).
Whatever your thoughts on Corbyn, it’s worth comparing his track record to Nigel Farage – whose career, confusingly, only seems to be going from strength to strength. With the former pledging a fairer society free from tuition fees and austerity, the latter has only pushed for more racism and less gun control – and at a time when our country is completely destabilised, his way of thinking is probably the biggest danger to us all. Unfortunately, it seems like the opposition is not so interested in that.
“We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution,” Corbyn added yesterday. “Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.”