Class War Death Race: Labour summon Grim Reaper for Corbyn and the Queen
Sunday, 22 September 2019 The Sunday Times leads with news that Jeremy Corbyn’s senior aide Andrew Fisher has resigned. Who? Fisher, we learn, was head of policy and author of the party’s last election manifesto. He’s now reportedly of the mind that Labour “will not win” a general election.
A memo apparently has him telling colleagues: “I no longer have faith we will succeed.” He says Corbyn’s team is compsite blend of a “lack of professionalism, competence and human decency”. He can no longer stomach their “blizzard of lies and excuses”. The paper also notes:
He also claimed “class war” has gripped the upper echelons of the party — a dig at Seumas Milne, Corbyn’s senior aide, who was educated at Winchester and Oxford.
The Guardian, on the other hand, looks over Fisher’s CV, writing:
The 40-year-old has been a controversial figure within the Labour movement. He was suspended from Labour in 2015 for apparently supporting a Class War candidate against Emily Benn, Tony Benn’s granddaughter, in the general election, and Benn called for him to be expelled. He also appeared in a video saying he had “very violent, bloody nightmares” about hitting former Labour cabinet minister James Purnell.
The Mirror is taking names?
Sources say only seven people had obtained the bombshell memo before it was leaked to the Sunday Times.
Multiple Labour sources confirmed Mr Fisher’s resignation, saying he still remained loyal to Mr Corbyn personally.
Nothing screams loyalty more than a resignation. But he did it to be loyal – honest:
A more anodyne statement was later circulated in Mr Fisher’s name saying he would resign by the end of the year to spend more time with his young family.
The Sun tells its readers:
“It comes amid rumours that the Labour boss himself, who is now 70, could quit because he’s under “incredible pressure”.
And the Times notes:
Sources say Milne and Karie Murphy, Corbyn’s gatekeeper, are also concerned Corbyn might be forced to stand down after the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation into whether Labour is institutionally anti-semitic.The EHRC has emails that, it is claimed, will cause resignations among Corbyn’s closest aides.“You’d be rationally frightened of a 70-year-old man dropping down dead,” said an ally. “But the more rational fear is that only those people know what the EHRC has. When that report comes out they are all finished. It’s about planning for what happens if they get decapitated.”
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Labour deputy leader Tom Watson arrives in Brighton for the party's Annual Conference, and addresses recent efforts by the party's National Executive Committee to abolish his position. The civil war at the top of Labour has undermined efforts to present the party as an alternative government, deputy...