What a clever move by Corbyn!

December 17, 2018

by Martin Odoni

Jeremy Corbyn tonight tabled a Parliamentary Motion of No Confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister. The timing and the wording of the move were just brilliant.

Brexit VONC motion tabled

Corbyn tables a Motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister

Corbyn appeared to have veered away from such a Motion during the course of today’s debate over Theresa May’s failed Brexit discussions in Brussels late last week. He appeared to use it as a threat at first today, in case May continued to resist setting a date for the vote on her (obviously-already-doomed) Brexit deal. After she set the date (sort of) for the week commencing the 14th of January, the threat appeared to have been withdrawn. However, just as the media were heading on a very predictable tirade of Corbyn chickens out! headlines, right at the end of the debate, he went and tabled the Motion anyway, and in the process clearly caught the Tories completely by surprise.

The move was a moment of inspired political cunning. By tabling it so late in the day, he did not give May a chance to have the last word – not that she was likely to have known what to say anyway – and that would explain why she scarpered from the House of Commons in such a panicked rush. (Who is chickening out really, media people?) But Corbyn also worded the Motion, not against the Government, but against the Prime Minister herself. This was genius.

After last week’s wholly-unimpressive victory for May in a party Confidence Vote, Corbyn knows that over a hundred Tory MPs do not want her to remain in charge. By tabling the Motion in this form, he has presented the Conservative backbenchers a way to support him in the vote without bringing down the Government, making them likelier to back it.

This means that May knows that she is now in dire, dire trouble, and if the Motion succeeds, Corbyn will not only have outlasted two Prime Ministers in his time as leader, he will also have brought one down.

Who could be so stupid as to claim he is not an effective Labour Party leader after that?

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11 Responses to “What a clever move by Corbyn!”

  1. Ian Walker Says:

    Hammer Blow to the Tories!

    The Labour Party Whips have just stated if the Tories do not allow time for Parliament to have a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Tomorrow then Jeremy Corbyn will table a Motion of No Confidence in the whole Government.

  2. Shaun Thompson Says:

    I WONT VOTE THIS MAN INTO POWER, AS HE WILL LET MORE IN THEN EVER BEFORE!!! WONT HE!!!!, HIS POLICIES LIKE THE OTHERS ARE FOR THE RICH.

    • Martin Odoni Says:

      WONT YU?!!!!! WOT POLICIES THIS MAN HAS ARE FOR THE RICH?!?!? AN WOT POLICIES THIS MAN HAS WILL LET MORE IN THEN EVER BEFORE?”!?!?!?!?!?!111111oneoneone

      And could you try fixing the caps lock on your keyboard please?

  3. brendan8154 Says:

    If Corbyn is so clever why doesn’t he realise he is unelectable. Only marginally better chance than Boris and Rees-Mogg

    • Martin Odoni Says:

      If you’re so all-seeing about the future, why don’t you elucidate WHY he is unelectable instead of just making an unsupported assertion?

      • David Henderson Says:

        My goodness If Corbyn dose by a miracle get the labour party in this country will be FUCKED.

      • Martin Odoni Says:

        Will it? You mean it isn’t already?

        Do you have any reasons why, or is this just your very, very speculative, optimistic attempt to sway me with a blind, incoherent, unsubstantiated (and badly-spelt) assertion?

        I should warn you before you reply, that I must have heard about 99% of all the attacks made on Corbyn’s character and competence, and having cross-examined them all, I can promise you I have yet to encounter one that stands up the slightest scrutiny.


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