What if anything has Jeremy Corbyn done wrong as Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition?
Decreased Party Membership? No It’s shot up from 187,000 the day before the 2015 General Election to over 500,000 now (60,000 of those coming post Brexit vote) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/60000-people-join-labour-party-in-one-week-huffpost-reveals_uk_5775777ee4b073366f0ebb28
Lost council seats in 2016? Yes 18…but the Tories lost 48
Lost councils in 2016? No…..but the Tories lost 1
Lost Direct Mayors? No – 2 gains – one from Ind, one from Conservatives
Lost Police and Crime Commissioners? No – 3 gains
Poor performance in By-Elections?
Tooting 16th June 2016 – WON – Majority up by 6,357 compared to 2,842 for Sadiq Kahn the previous Labour MP for the area.
Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough – WON – Share of the vote UP 6%
Ogmore – WON – 52% of the vote
Oldham – WON – 62.3% of the vote
Poor performance in Parliament?
Government U-Turns on a range of issues have happened. Including the Trade Union Bill, Forced Academisation and the Housing Bill.
Another big U-Turn was Tax Credit changes, though Osborne has sneeked some elements in at a later date.
Jeremy remained unflustered at the Despatch Box, despite Cameron going Beetroot Red!
Poor Performance in EURef?
Jeremy appeared more than Theresa May did. Her performance deemed acceptable?
Labour Voters 63% Remain – 37% Leave
Conservative Voters 42% Remain – 58% Leave
The table above shows Jeremy appeared over 3 times as much as Theresa May. Tim Farron isn’t even on the list!
An article by Private Eye…….
“How to speak Corbyn: A Headline-Writer’s Guide” uses nine examples of what Corbyn actually said compared to the accompanying headline.
For instance, the magazine references a Mail Online headline which reads “Watch out! Corbyn targets ‘EVERY’ organisation in Britain as he vows to cut ‘ludicrous’ salaries paid to company bosses”.
What Corbyn actually said was: “I do think the salary levels and the bonus levels again have to be looked at. Some of it is ludicrous and so I am looking at the gap in every organisation between highest and lowest levels of pay”.
Wrong on Iraq?
In 2003, Jeremy was right on Iraq…..
“For those who say that this is a necessary and just conflict because it will bring about peace and security, September 11 was a dreadful event, 8,000 deaths in Afghanistan brought back none of those who died in the World Trade Centre.
“Thousands more deaths in Iraq will not make things right.
“It will set off a spiral of conflict, of hate, of misery, of desperation that will fuel the wars, the conflict, the terrorism, the depression and the misery of future generations.”
The 2003 Iraq invasion was “an act of military aggression” and a “catastrophe”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said.
Responding to the publication of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the war, Mr Corbyn said MPs had been “misled” in the run-up to the invasion.
Those responsible must “face up to the consequences of their actions”, he added. 06/07/2016