We don’t mind admitting when we call things wrong and our prediction that Wallasey MP Angela Eagle would return to well deserved political obscurity following the slow and agonising demise of poor Jezza Corbyn was way out. Little did we know that Our Ange was living up to her surname – going in for the kill like a carrion bird (not to be confused with Barbara Windsor) in the hope of feeding off the rotting cadaver of a once great party brought low by poisonous legacy of Blairism . We can almost hear Jezza whisper as another backstabber sticks the knife in – ” Et tu , Ange?”.
However in post-Brexit Britain the old certainties are no longer there – as Our Ange sheds the crocodile tears in a Radio 4 interview ( because as everyone knows being a soggy-faced whingebag is the main attribute of a natural born “leader” ) the local Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) were reminding her that they put her where she is and they are quite happy with Jezza thank you very much. You’d think a CLP would be delighted to have their MP as the next Labour leader wouldn’t you?. But not the Wallasey lot – they’re a feisty bunch by the sounds of it (see also their “No to Mayor Joe” stance on the Metro Mayor nominations). No doubt there’ll be the predictable cries of entryism! bullying! miltants! as the Labour old guard don’t like it when the proles don’t do as they’re told and suddenly realise the old certainties are no longer there.
Talking of old certainties ( he’s older and wiser than God and he has the one of the largest majorities in the country) Frankenfield – despite undermining Corbyn’s leadership since he was elected – must be feeling quite smug in the knowledge he won’t be facing any such challenge from the servile Birkenhead CLP . After his brush with Labour militants in the 1980’s we suspect that Frankenfield will have ensured that local meetings are very much a Corbynista free zone. Maybe Our Ange needs to take heed from a wily old bird like Field when it comes to gathering the flock!.