We were casually observing the crowning of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader yesterday and looking out for our 4 local Labour MPs.
We saw Wallasey MP Angela Eagle mingling forlornly in the background looking like a lost sheep with a bad dye job after losing the Deputy Leader vote and Wirral South MP Ali Mac in her best funeral outfit angling for a post in the Shadow Cabinet despite backing Liz Kendall in the leadership contest.
We didn’t spot Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood who we think is just happy to be an anonymous MP and is well suited to the role.However whilst we didn’t clock Birkenhead MP Frankenfield we anticipated that he’d be delighted at Corbyn’s success especially as he’d made a song and dance about nominating him for the Labour leadership.
Or perhaps not!
As ever – nothing is as it seems with Our Frankie as despite nominating Corbyn he said he wasn’t going to vote for him in the leadership contest – as he explained back in July :
“My disappointment is what I hoped in getting Jeremy into the race is it would begin a debate. Jeremy is Jeremy and none of the others are prepared to challenge the impossibility of his programme.
However, Frank Field said if Corbyn were to win it would turn the party into a “political sect” and likely put Labour out of power for years.
“If he wins it brings a crisis point the Labour party is going to face. Is it going to be a party that serves the activists and develops as effectively a pressure group, becomes a sect in British politics, or is it actually going to be a party that is going to regain power? And there is no way we’re going to regain power with Jeremy’s programme.”
So not exactly a ringing endorsement of the new Labour leader from Frankenfield then !.
But is anyone out there buying Frankenfield’s muddled thinking that his nomination for Corbyn was to spark “debate” rather than split the vote to prevent a Blairite (and especially Andy Burnham ) from getting the leadership nod?.Birkenhead’s MP has further stated that Corbyn’s success was a damning indictment of the failures of the other three candidates. As he spouted forth on this morning’s Sky News Corbyn’s rivals : “offered nothing but thin Blair gruel” and in what seemed to us like an allusion to the current refugee crisis engulfing Europe he also stated that “Corbyn will direct the Labour ship to waters where the voters are not…..”
No wonder Frankenfield is the Daily Mail’s Labour rent-a-gob.He now seems to be so out of touch with grass roots Labour supporters and their new found optimism that he truly does seem to be mutating into the vintage Steve Bell cartoon above (apologies for the poor reproduction) which presciently suggested even in 1997 that Frankenfield was the mutant lovechild of late Tory tyro “Mad Monk” Sir Keith Joseph with their jointly held right wing ideology of a behaviourally induced underclass which is not supported by research evidence and “Mad” Frankie Fraser with his ruthless gang mentality where the East End of London is substituted by the North End of Birkenhead.
Of course we are particularly gleeful at Leaky Towers that the amateur hour Machiavellian plan has blown up in Frankenfield’s face as we are hoping that something similar will happen with the shady shenanigans that he has been involved with on the local political scene and which finally suggest to us that “The Unthinkable Frankie Field” is not only troubled and muddled – he’s utterly puddled.