More immediately, between now and Thursday 6th May 2021, it is imperative that the Labour Party lose every seat on Durham County Council. I am sorry to have to say that about several old and dear friends, but here we are. Ward by ward, please vote for whoever was best placed to defeat the Labour Party. For reasons of physical health, I had already decided not to contest any further election of any kind.
The most prized trophy of all is, of course, the Leader's seat. And the need to unseat this particular Leader demonstrates the fundamental unity between the Red Wall and the Black Wall. That defeat would be heard from the souks to the favelas, from the Dalit colonies to the Rohingya camps, and from Kashmir, to Crimea, to the scattered outposts of Diego Garcia. We would make sure of that. Armed with an impeccably local running mate in order to stop the target from slipping through, some of us know just the man to do this.
Eric Joyce once described George as having stepped beyond what was "reasonable and acceptable for Labour MPs". Any Labour electoral opponent of George's, including the present Leader of Durham County Council, has therefore been endorsed by Eric Joyce, and may look forward to being described as such. They would dance in the streets of the annexed Jordan Valley at George's election, and not least at his election against this opponent. And we would show them doing it.