Jeremy Corbyn’s weak leadership betrays those Labour would lift from poverty | Polly Toynbee

John McDonnell’s bold policies will genuinely improve people’s lives. But they’re of little use if Labour cannot win an election

With dexterity, decisiveness and a thwack of firm leadership, Jeremy Corbyn sacked Dianne Hayter last night as shadow Brexit minister. (She can’t be fired from her elected role as deputy leader of the Lords.) With just that same speed, he expelled Alastair Campbell from the Labour party in May, as a dead-cat distraction following Labour’s disastrous European election results.

What had Hayter done? She had deployed a somewhat tired old political metaphor, “the bunker mentality”, comparing Corbyn’s inner circle to the paranoid denial of disastrous reality that defined Hitler’s last days. The same was said of Thatcher’s final hours in power, in denial over her poll tax calamity. It was said of Gordon Brown in his telephone-hurling phase, of Tony Blair’s secretive sofa government and of Harold Wilson’s kitchen cabinet. It’s never a good idea to use Hitler as a metaphor for anything else, but the claim by Corbyn’s spokesman that her words were “grossly insensitive to Jewish staff” would be laughable if it didn’t look like such a pathetic attempt to divert criticism from the party’s failure to deal with antisemitism, which Corbyn should have scotched more than a year ago.

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