UK Labour Update

An update on Labour in the UK from Missy.


Today was the ‘Re-boot’ or ‘Re-Launch’ of Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour Leader. This re-launch has been publicised over the Christmas break, this was meant to be an opportunity for Corbyn to promote himself as ‘anti-establishment’ and a man of the people.

Amongst the expected announcements today was a clarification on Labour’s position on Brexit, and free movement, an area that Labour has been a bit muddled and inconsistent. Over the last few weeks or so Corbyn has reiterated his support of free movement, stating that he does not think there is an issue with the levels of immigration, meanwhile a number of senior members within Labour have all stated that Labour needs to support some form of limits on immigration.

So how did Corbyn’s re-launch go? Well, to quote the Telegraph it was a ‘car crash reboot’.

He spent most of his day in interviews, finishing with his major re-launch speech in the afternoon.

In the lead up to today the media were focussed on Brexit and immigration, despite being expected to announce that Labour wasn’t wedded to free movement, Corbyn started his day on Good Morning Britain (GMB) where he said that Britain should keep free movement if it is the cost of access to the Single Market. In his speech he did state that Labour was not wedded to the idea of free movement, he then went on to say that they also wouldn’t rule it out. Essentially it appears that the Labour position on free movement is as confused and divided after the re-launch today, as it was before.

Even though Immigration was meant to be the main issue today, Corbyn managed to overshadow his own re-launch by announcing on GMB that he wants to put a cap on earnings, this became the story today.

The reaction to this announcement ranged from ‘interesting’ (Scottish Labour Leader), to ‘totally idiotic’, and a ‘lunatic idea’ (Danny Blanchflower, former member of Corbyn’s economic advisory committee, and former member of Bank of England monetary policy committee).

The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said Salary cap is not Labour policy. In his keynote speech Corbyn backtracked on the idea of a salary cap, watering it down to saying that the ratio between the top salary and bottom salary in a business should be less than it is currently.


  1. Thanks for that breakdown Missy. As much as the establishment may recoil from this beige wee bloke, there are many who feel he speaks to their disenfranchisement I guess.

    However, BREXIT spoke loudly so and people expect it to deliver much more than his proposed reboot ever Dan. People are far more concerned at the unstoppable flow of the new “Europeans” they’ve faced since 2007. Bulgarians and Romanians allowed in by right. All benefits, housing and nationalised health extended immediately upon arrival . Whole towns in Northern England taken over by Pakistani family reunification, the back to Lahore for a local bride, effectively doubling their population through medieval arranged marriages. Locals, hopeless to stop segregated religious schooling, women head to toe in shrouds, gurus completely marginalised. In the worst of cases, the most heinous of transgressions social services and judiciary conpletely impotent in the face of a decade of organised child capture and rape. Iin the main this was authorities feared offending the perpetrators cultural mores.

    Native and indigenous Britons fears for their culture, the country they’ve invested in yet cannot get a living wage, a doctor’s appointment or elective surgery, go quite unanswered by Corbyn’s lot. You’re branded a xenophobe for mentioning Rotherham, you’re a racist for pointing to ISIS recruiting mosques, yet if you earn more than Corbyn, he will happily extract even more from you to extend extra largesse to all comers.

    I’m betting he’ll perform almost as badly as David Cunliffe in the next General Election.

    • Excuse phone typos and hope the gist is got 😚😚😚

    • What are native and indigenous britons ?? yes those terrible secluded religious schools with women covered head to toe , i went to one of those but it was a Catholic school run by nuns please abolish those they were awful ….

      • Who do you think are native and indigenous Britons are? I’d say they’re born and bred. In NZ the Naori, who came here some here are regarded as native. It most definitely is not ‘native born’ Bulgarians and Romanians.

        • I really do need to stop using phone to post

        • No sorry you’ve lost me …..

          • You tell me who you think indigenous native Britons are?

            • Isn’t that what I asked you ? There is no group equivalent of Maori in the UK ( or Britain or England ) that I am aware of so everything else is just a matter of when you draw a line …

            • Gezza

               /  January 11, 2017

              England & Wales, mainly descendants of Celts, Britons, Anglo Saxons
              Scotland, mainly descendants of Celts & Picts, I think.
              Nthn Ireland, Celts, but try telling the descendants of Anglo Saxons, Britons & Picts that.

              Might still be parts where they don’t want to mention the Normans?

            • so Pict and Celt culture is under threat from Bulgarians !

            • Gezza

               /  January 11, 2017

              Why would you think that?

            • I wouldn’t , thats the whole point I have been trying to understand !

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 11, 2017

              You forgot the Vikings, G.

            • Gezza

               /  January 12, 2017

              They don’t talk sbout the Vikings Al. Or if they do, they say, “vikings – ptooey!”

            • Gezza

               /  January 12, 2017

              @ sean. There are some things that are beyond the ken of men (but often, strangely, not women). This is is where both religion & mothers often step in to fill the void.

            • Gezza

               /  January 12, 2017

              @ At Al, re persons of the Viking persuasion, aren’t they anglo saxons anyway, kind of? Hope so, otherwise I’ll include the Danes.

    • Missy

       /  January 12, 2017

      A good take on it all Traveller. Predictions are that Labour could lose almost 100 seats in the next General Election with Corbyn in charge, and over recent weeks even his allies have been saying that he needs to go before the next election if his numbers don’t improve.

      His next big test is a by election coming up, it is a labour seat, the incumbent quit to work at a Nuclear Power Plant, with many suggesting the atmosphere there will be less toxic than in the Labour Party. The electorate for the by election, Copeland, is in Cumbria, and voted leave in the Referendum, so Corbyn’s wishy washy stance on Brexit, and the issues of immigration will probably not be well received.

      It is interesting times.

  2. Blazer

     /  January 11, 2017

    A very pessimistic picture you paint.I hope you realise this is caused by the ideology you adore,i.e-capitalist,globalisation where profit is paramount and sovereignty a minor annoyance to be neutered by ‘trade’ deals.

    • Missy

       /  January 12, 2017

      Hmmm… I am not sure I painted any kind of picture, but if it was pessimistic it certainly was nothing to do with my ideology, I suggest that your criticism is nothing to do with what the reality is, but rather a knee jerk reaction based on the ideology you adore of failed socialism.

      And if there is any pessimism in the future – or present – of a Corbyn led Labour Party, then it seems to be those on the left painting that picture more than those on the right, in other words lately the most criticism has come from his own side!

      Oh, and I don’t ‘adore’ any ideology.