Week 43: Prat – Jeremy Corbyn

by Jackie_South on October 25, 2015

Labour_PratThis week, the leader of the Labour Party sadly wins our award for the greatest prat of the last seven days

Tuesday offered the Labour Party a rare opportunity to put the Conservative Government on the ropes. With the debate on the removal of tax credits going on in the House, it was becoming clear that a number of the Conservatives were having cold feet. The South Cambridgeshire MP, Heidi Allen, used her maiden speech to criticise the impact the cut will have on many low-waged families.

This is a government with a majority of only twelve. It wouldn’t take a lot to overturn this measure in the House, providing the attention remained focused. Corbyn had an opportunity which won’t come along very often in the Parliament to both help low income families and deliver a bloody nose to the Tories, and potentially with it a cause for them to hesitate with the more extreme of their proposals that have still to go forward.

So given this opportunity, what does Corbyn do? He announces that a public school educated communist who doubts whether the murder of Lee Rigby was either murder or terrorism, in the form of Seaumus Milne, will be in charge of communications and strategy. Yep, in a move that Corbyn probably believes is another blow to the establishment, he’s given the job to a middle-aged white bloke who’s dad used to run the BBC.

Even if Corbyn was willing to weather the political storm from the appointment, why on earth detract from what should have been the political story of the day by announcing it on the same day as the Conservatives’ jitters on tax credits was most apparent? When Wednesday’s headlines should all have been about this and Allen’s explosive maiden speech, they instead focused on Milne.

To detract so much from that story is an act of supreme prattishness. A good director of communications and strategy should have warned him.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Nick October 26, 2015 at 6:56 am

Nonsense. The Tax credit cuts & threats to the house of Lords far outweigh the news of this appointment .


Jackie_South October 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

Of course it is.

My point Nick is that it should have on Tuesday night and in Wednesday’s papers, but instead the Milne appointment got more coverage. Of course the tax credit cuts are the bigger story – but Labour let the Tories off the hook on the key day by its hamfisted timing on the Milne appointment .


Ray_North October 29, 2015 at 8:52 pm

I agree with Nick!


Mike Killingworth October 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

I have a hunch this won’t be the last time JC wins the Prat award.


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