Hello to everyone who reads this Blog – it’s Jeremy Corbyn here. I’m sorry to say that, following ongoing discussions, I have had no choice but to relieve Lefty of his position as Chief Staff Writer for this Blog.
This decision has not been taken lightly, and indeed has been taken with some regret, following extensive consultations with colleagues.
I will not bore you with all the minutiae of what has gone on, to cause this decision to be made. But here are the bare bones of what led to it.
When I first agreed to allow Lefty to set up this Blog, it was on the strict understanding that its principal purpose was to support me, as the Leader of the Labour Party who had been overwhelmingly endorsed by its members, and to support generally the aims of the Labour movement in its widest sense.
Regrettably, things have not worked out that way.
After an initially quite promising start – albeit with a few hiccups along the way – Lefty’s Blog has become steadily less and less about supporting me, and the Labour Party, and more and more about Lefty’s own self-aggrandisement and personal agenda, much of which is, I am sorry to say, at odds with the overall aims of the Labour Movement.
Furthermore, I have not been alone in noticing an increasing amount of what can only be described as childish attempts at “humour” creeping in to the Blog. Indeed, so I have been informed, the Blog is allegedly enjoyed by quite a large number of Right-wingers, some of whom are apparently under the impression that Lefty is in fact writing some sort of “Spoof Blog” which, far from supporting the Progressive cause, is actually undermining it.
Needless to say, such Right-wingers are as deluded about this as they are about everything else. But nonetheless, it is pretty concerning that even some of our ideological opponents could mistake a serious Blog like this for a parody one.
I don’t suppose that many of you will be surprised to hear that Lefty has taken the news of his being relieved of duties from the Blog, pretty badly. As a somewhat excitable and over-emotional individual, it was perhaps only to be expected that he would react this way, even though in fact several warnings were issued to him about the likely consequences of his irresponsible and childish behaviour. Hopefully, when he has had time to reflect on this matter, he will realise that the Party is bigger than any of us – and that includes him.
As regards the future of the Blog, I am currently undertaking consultations with colleagues about this. Although we have not yet reached any firm conclusions as to its future direction, there is a widespread feeling in the Party that the Blog should become a much more collective effort, in which for instance women and ethnic minorities will play a much bigger role than they have been able to do so far.
I am sorry if some of you are disappointed by this decision, but really, there was no alternative. I do hope that you will continue to read this Blog, which hopefully will now become a rather more serious and intelligent place for progressive-minded people to discuss the pressing issues of the day, rather than the increasingly frivolous and ego-driven farrago of inaccurate and frankly irresponsible material that it was steadily becoming under Lefty’s auspices.
I shall, of course, keep you informed regarding future developments with this Blog, which I firmly believe has an important part to play in generating support and fresh ideas for the Labour Party under my Leadership.