Monday, 29 November 2021
Shuffle, But No Function
Farewell, then, to the mighty Kate Green and Jo Stevens. No, me neither. Deputy Leader of the Labour Party is a separately elected position, so Angela Rayner could hit back very hard at Keir Starmer by announcing that she was going to do the job from the backbenches.
Cat Smith has apparently taken a year to notice both the suspension of the whip from Jeremy Corbyn, and the Labour Party's opposition to Proportional Representation, an opposition that also obtained when Corbyn was Leader, since he is a lifelong First Past the Poster in the tradition of Tony Benn and Dennis Skinner.
Still, at least there appears to have been no return for Yvette Cooper. She is going to lose her own seat; over seven General Elections, she has cut her majority from 25,725 to 1,276. And as the Wicked Witch of the Work Capability Assessment, she manages the remarkable feat of being one of the most evil British politicians of the twenty-first century so far.