YOU can take your pick for tweets, quotes and newspaper headlines which don’t look like they may age so well after Thursday’s general election results in north London. Our own page two headline last week rating Hampstead and Kilburn as being ‘neck and neck’ looks uninformed now Tulip Siddiq holds a majority almost as large as the one Keir Starmer went into battle with in rock solid Holborn and St Pancras.
But the clipping which is being sent to the framers by the local Labour Party is a ripe open letter from Conservative Gio Spinella to Tulip written after Jeremy Corbyn first became leader, with the indirect help of a nomination from the Hampstead and Kilburn MP.
With Corbyn in charge, Labour was destined to surrender the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency, he surmised, and circulated the text below for all to see. It was unusually niggly for a reasonable councillor with an open mind, but as we’ve now seen time and again predicting the result of any election in the times we live in is a shortcut to an eggy face.
As one of the 56% of the Hampstead and Kilburn electorate that didn’t vote for you last May, I must admit I faced the prospect of your 5 year term with some degree of apprehension, expecting the shouty irrelevance of a first-term opposition back-bencher, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
How wrong I was.
Had our Conservative candidate won the seat, he would have worked as an honest, conscientious backbencher constituency MP, doing his best for his constituents while supporting the government. But no backbencher could have done to the Labour Party the damage you, a Labour MP, have done to it.
By allowing Jeremy Corbyn to stand, you have helped the Labour Party elect a leader that believes in unilateral nuclear disarmament (Vladimir Putin sends his regards); a leader who calls Hamas and Hezbollah “friends” (have fun explaining that to all the attendees at the Dennington Park Road synagogue); a leader who doesn’t want Poland in NATO (we are writing the leaflet in Polish as we speak); a leader who wants compulsory nationalisation of all utilities without compensation for the shareholders (anyone with a pension fund in Hampstead and Kilburn will be “fascinated” by this); a leader who thinks people shouldn’t fund the military with their tax money; a leader who welcomed IRA into Westminster while they were running a bombing camping on British soil; a leader who has no problems helping into the country and sharing a platform with a man that considers killing British soldiers a victory (no jokes here).
Oh, I’m sure over the next few weeks and months there will be an uptick in Labour’s polls, due to the novelty of your new leader. There will be over the next five years (assuming he lasts that long) the occasional high-profile by-election victory and odd local government win (probably by Labour groups that ignore their leader). But once the general public realises Corbyn actually means what he says, there will only be one electoral consequence: the defeat of the Labour Party.
With one ticking of a box, you have contributed more to make Labour unelectable (to anyone not besotted with your 1983 manifesto) than any Conservative could have hoped.
So thank you, Tulip Siddiq. Thank you for ensuring a Conservative victory in 2020. Thank you for besmirching and trampling Labour’s legacy as a social democratic party of government in a way we never could.
Are you sure I can’t send you a membership form for our party? In your case, a special price: £3.
And as a parting thought, however hard we have campaigned against each other over the years and during the last general election, I don’t think any of us has called you publicly a “moron”. You have to look to your own party (John McTernan, I believe) for that…
Chairman, Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Association