Wry & Dry

A new UK Labor Party?

Most readers will be aware that the UK has a new Prime Minister, the formidable Theresa May.  It took the Conservative Party two weeks to replace David Cameron.

But few know that the UK Opposition Labor Party might also soon have a new leader.  

The reason for the vote is that the incumbent, the extreme-left socialist, Jeremy Corbyn, had, post-Brexit vote, most of his parliamentary party pass a motion of no-confidence in him.  


Only 40 Labor MPs voted for him, with 172 against.  W&D would suggest that a smart politician would take the hint.

But he didn't.  Mr Corbyn refused to resign.  So signatures were gathered by the unhappy 172, and a poll will now take place.  

Nominations closed yesterday, with Mr Corbyn being challenged by Owen Smith, the member for the delightfully named constituency of Pontypridd.  Not surprisingly, Pontypridd is in Wales.*

Voting by all 380,000 Labor Party members commences on 22nd August, with the result to be announced on 24th September.

That's all well and good.  But...

Mr Corbyn will probably be again elected leader.  This is because (a) the core members of the UK Labor Party are strong left unionists, who adhere to Corbyn's socialist ideology and (b) many right wing people have joined the Labor Party for the very reason to vote for Corbyn.

So, what do the 172 Labor MPs who voted against him do?

Well, W&D suggests** they form a new political party: The Independent Labor Party.

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The ILP would be the second largest party in the House of Commons.  And hence become Her Majesty's Official Opposition.  And Mr Corbyn could, as someone observed, 'hold rallies in Parliament Square to his heart's content'.

The Labor Party would, of course, then expel the 172. Who would then have to seek re-election under the ILP banner.

But would the 172 have the gonads to split?

Of course, it is conceivable that Mr Smith might defeat Mr Corbyn. 

*Wales has produced some remarkable politicians: Roy Jenkins, Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, Neil Kinnock from the Labor Party; Michael Heseltine from the Conservatives and David Lloyd George, a Liberal.  As well as some lesser lights: Ramsey McDonald, Geoffrey Howe, Jim Callaghan and... Julia Gillard.  

Henry VIII was also born in Wales, but he didn't believe in democracy.

** Following, it must be acknowledged, an idea circulated in the UK Times.