So it's Brexit after all. That's what happens when there are so many "protest" votes the protest wins. It's not necessarily what people wanted, what they wanted was to "put one" on the "establishment". This in itself is futile as most of the establishment are at an age and a level of wealth where they won't be that affected anyway. However, the voters will. Labour are now in the absurd position of "fighting for" the rights of those who are going to get screwed. Most of whom voted out. Welcome to Politics.
Onto Jeremy Corbyn. For whatever reason, Jeremy's campaign was far less vigorous than his election campaign to become Leader and I think we all know why that was. I believe he wanted to remain but had misgivings so did not paint himself into a remain corner. Unfortunately this gave the impression that he was somehow being coerced into a position he did not believe in, something that was impossible from the back benches for 30 years and something surely impossible now when he has huge levels of support in his leadership from the grassroots. This perception was never refuted, so the image of Jeremy with one hand tied behind his back slowly grew and quietly encouraged dissent.
Following the campaign there has been a motion "no confidence" tabled against Jeremy Corbyn. This is doomed to failure as the grassroots support from people who played no part in the campaign will eventually save him. Labour has failed to engage its voters and our recommendation to remain was ignored by many of our supporters and members. What a surprise then for Jeremy's supporters, who would support him even if we got no votes at all, now distance him from any connection to Labour's performance in the ballot. If the leader was a "Blairite" the howls of discontent from the hard left would drown out almost anything else, but Jeremy is spared any responsibility for his role in Labour's failure, despite being the reason many of the supporters follow Labour in the first place.
So what will happen now? The local parties will pass a number of pointless motions "backing the leader" brought to meetings by starry-eyed Corbynistas who swoon around as if they are part of a cult completely unaware (it seems) that if we do not govern the Tories will, forever. Almost none of them pounded the streets during what was a very difficult and challenging campaign, they stayed at home. But as soon as Wor Jezza is facing a challenge, there they are ready to be counted. I am not anti-Corbyn. I just don't believe Corbyn will become Prime Minister and for that reason I see little point why he, or anyone else whether left or right, should lead when they have no chance of winning.
We have seen a swell of Labour voters move towards UKIP and if this is repeated at a general election we will begin to lose safe seats. But still the Corbynistas remain unmoved. They need to wake up. Despite the bleak outlook, any attempt to remove JC will be beaten back. Like the country with Brexit, we've made our bed and must lie in it. When Labour meekly changed the rules to try and win the support of as many people as possible, the result was the mass infiltration of the hard left that effectively took over the party. It is now impossible to dethrone whoever is the hard left candidate so Corbyn will only go when he chooses to stand down. When he does go, expect opportunistic candidates to suddenly reveal their left credentials, so there will be no "middle" candidate for some time. Add that there is simply no decent alternative. Nobody. Many of the decent ones are now seeking to become Mayors and escape the increasing madness of Westminster.