— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) November 24, 2015
Union acion could be what does for Corbyn in the end
It’s been another day dominated by Mr. Corbyn and the Tories are getting an easy ride over the bullying scandal that has been developing.
Earlier UNITE boss, McCluskey, was reported as saying that the LAB leader would have to improve. Tonight there’s been a statement of support.
It mightn’t be that those who backed Corbyn in last September’s election don’t care too much about Labour winning back power but I’d guess that the unions realise that life for them will be tougher if the Tories stay in power.
Leaders have both to deliver electorally as well as articulate a policy portfolio that satisfies their internal audience.
Whatever the YouGov LAB selectorate polling might say the union bosses are going to get mighty restless if as we get closer to the general election Labour looks as far from power as it does at the moment.
I agree with those pointing to next May’s local London, Holyrood and Welsh Assembly elections. There needs to be signs of progress because really poor performances will be used by the leader’s opponents, of whom there are many, to seek to undermine. In Scotland, where LAB dominated for so long, it is not being fanciful to talk in terms of them coming third in the Scottish Parliament election.
Oldham, a week on Thursday, looks tight but a victory is a victory however slim the margin.