Corbyn Wins!

So Corbyn won, and won even better than all predictions. Nearly 60% in the first round of a four person race is pretty incredible. Corbyn won 85% of the vote amongst the £3 sign-ups, but nearly 49% of full Labour members gave him their first preference. For all the talk of ‘entryism’, in the end it didn’t matter. Corbyn would have won anyway. This is a good summary of the results:

The wishful thinking of the anti-Corbynists in Westminster led to rumours of a late surge for Yvette Cooper. She managed just 17% of first preferences. It turned out to be what always happens on the eve of landslide elections – the media tries to make it seem close right up to the wire. And what of the margin of victory? As Guardian journo Nick Watt put it:

This is just not acceptable to many in Labour. Jamie Reed tweeted his resignation letter as Corbyn was giving his victory speech:

“Who he?” Said John Prescott (one suspects it was his desire to be known that was the reason for the timing of his resignation):

Further resignations soon followed, but for many of them, this is probably apt:

For some though, celebrations (of a sort). A certain Telegraph blogger seemed pleased his livelihood for the next five years was now assured:

The Tories also reacted with glee. “Over-egging it” springs to mind. Is Corbyn “unelectable” or “a serious risk”. They don’t seem to have made their minds up yet:

Even “The Donald” is excited:

Putting all that aside, it’s going to be an interesting few days/weeks/months. Can Corbyn build a team and come to a consensus about attacking the Government and proposing a clear alternative of their own? His first test will come straight away in Parliament as debate on the Government’s anti-union bill begins and the Welfare Bill comes back to the House. The Tories also seem keen to go to war again in the Middle East. It will be interesting to see how many of Corbyn’s Parliamentary colleagues agree. This is the first time in a long time I find myself actually enthusiastic about one of the main party leaders. Long may this optimism continue!

How not to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI

Today world leaders commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI. A time for reflection you might think, to contemplate the human tragedy that led to the deaths of over 10 million people, and a time for learning lessons about how it happened and how to ensure we stop repeating the same mistakes.

Some though had other ideas and have decided to enter into an unseemly row about a message left on a wreath at a remembrance ceremony by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Here is the message along with the one left by David Cameron:

This is apparently the message @Ed_Miliband put on the wreath for the #WW1 memorial. What do you think of it?

Apparently, the organisers of the memorial services handed the leaders a wreath with a message already pre-written on it just before they had to lay the wreath at the cenotaph. Cameron’s advisors obviously prepared in advance for him to write his own message while Miliband’s did not. Who cares though?

They call August the silly season, as the House of Commons is not sitting and political types desperately look for something to get angry about. A couple of the usual suspects decided to to make something out this non-story:

This is ridiculous from former Toy MP Louise Mensch:

And here Telegraph blogger Dan Hodges took it as another sign he is right about Ed Miliband:

These two and many others like them have spent most of the afternoon trying to make this into another “Ed Miliband not up to the job of PM” story. Well Miliband may well not be up to the job, but having a go at him for not writing a personal message on a wreath is actually rather shameful. That is not what today should be about. Grow up people!