- Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:50 pm
I was just trying to think of the times when sacking cabinet or shadow cabinet ministers was relatively straight-forward. Mandelson had to go twice, the first time because he got some dubious home loan from Geoffrey Robinson MP, which was actually legit, if highly irregular, and the second time because of some supposedly dodgy dealing to do with passport applications involving some wealthy Indian business operators called the Hindujas - which was subsequently shown to be quite above board.
Anyhoo, point being that Mandy just took it on the chin and accepted that whatever his guilt or innocence, he needed to take one for the team, for the sake of the government, so went without fuss.
Everything changed thanks to Toxic Gandalf. Now, giving Long-Bailey the bag is akin to declaring war on the Trots. Why can't she just accept it and go quietly without phoning up George bloody Galloway?
"The opportunity to serve our country. That is all we ask." John Smith, Leader of the Labour Party, 10 May 1994.