‘So thank you, Tulip Siddiq, thank you for ensuring a Conservative victory’

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.

Dear Tulip,
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…
Yours truly,
Gio Spinella
Chairman, Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Association

8 Comments on ‘So thank you, Tulip Siddiq, thank you for ensuring a Conservative victory’

  1. giotrevor // June 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm //

    Well Richard, what can I say but that the egg is indeed on my face- soft boiled and with nary a soldier in sight to sop up the yolk?

    I will point out that my opinion of Jeremy Corbyn was shared by some 172 Labour MPs (including Tulip herself the second time around), two former Labour Prime Ministers and the editorial board of the Guardian- at least until it was time to endorse the Labour party at the General election. Not to mention any number of Camden Labour councillors, they know who they are so I don’t need to name and shame.

    But if they’d rather have a go at the Tory- i.e. the open adversary then so be it. Easier than dealing with the internal tribulations.

    And hey, if I can’t take the heat, I shouldn’t be in the kitchen.

    I remain convinced of Corbyn’s fundamental unsuitability to be Prime Minister and all his past and current positions have not been washed away by Labour’s undeniably good result in London and in Hampstead and Kilburn.

    But this whole experience is a reminder that whatever people like us who live in the political world may think or believe, it is ultimately the voters’ opinion that matters. And it is up to us politicians, inspired by our values and beliefs to make our cases. For many reasons, some obvious, some not so obvious -to me at least- Labour had a better time of that this time.

    It falls upon us Conservatives in Camden and across London to learn the lessons from this election, regroup and restart. Every election is its own story. The book on this one is closed (well, save for a few fascinating epilogues no doubt), and a new book is to be opened.

    Yours sincerely,

    Gio Spinella

    • Alan Watson // June 12, 2017 at 10:04 am //

      “…my opinion of Jeremy Corbyn was shared by some 172 Labour MPs ….. two former Labour Prime Ministers and the editorial board of the Guardian … Not to mention any number of Camden Labour Councillors.”
      Correct; and it illustrates the real victory of Corbyn and the people of Camden and Britain in what was a very conscious attempt by what Clegg calls “The political class” to dismiss their importance once again.
      Unfortunately, as we have seen within the Labour Party, the more the political class are defeated electorally and proved wrong the more they are determined to dismiss the people and the democratic process. They wont go away in Camden I’m sure.

  2. Andrew Marshall // June 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm //

    Very statesmanlike from Gio.

    The huge contradictions between Corbyn’s radicalism, the more realistic positions of many of his MPs, and economic and foreign policy realities will undoubtedly play out further in some way, we just don’t know how.

    Had Corbyn, really, really been about to win, a la Harry Perkins, the scrutiny would have been even more intensive and perhaps some people would have thought more. Certainly I would never vote for a Corbyn-led party – not in the national interest, just as this time, a Brexit supporting Conservative party was not in the national interest.

    That said, I do think that those of us of my generation or older are coming to terms with the fact that many of the young people voting for Corbyn could not care less about his long held views on multilateral deterrence or similar. That may be a big change in time. Generation Rent are quite free market and individualist in many ways, but many of them (massive generalisation) seem less worried about the state of public finances or the defence of the west.

    Andrew Marshall

  3. This letter typifies why the Tories lost so badly in Hampstead and Kilburn with their nasty personal campaign. It is indeed the voters that matter. Gio would be well advised to remember that when the time comes for his own re-election. Arrogance and bad mouthing – will never win you an election either nationally or locally.

    At the end of the day Tulip is a fantastic local MP, who ran a positive campaign. She deserved to win and her majority is testament to that.

  4. Andy Stewart // June 11, 2017 at 11:17 pm //

    It’s a bit rich to talk about Labour’s struggle with its leadership. Hague, Howard, IDS, Cameron, May, (could have been Johnson or Gove). I wouldn’t trust one of them to go down the papershop and come back intact. The Conservative Party is a basket case.

    It beggars belief that this set of other-wordly wonks, fools and general weirdos are accepted in middle England as a safe pair of hands with the economy, never mind our whole political identity and how we might go forward. These people are fools. Well done the voters of both Camden constituencies. Next time, the majorities will be even bigger.

  5. Andy Stewart // June 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm //

    Just to add, the leaders of the CP have taken us out of the EU when they didn’t even want to. How stupid is that? It’s beyond.

  6. Tanni Willcox // June 12, 2017 at 10:53 am //

    Tulip does not support Corbyn,
    She wants Keir Stamner as leader

  7. Terence Flanagan // June 12, 2017 at 12:03 pm //

    Tory vermin whacked! how surprising and hilarious lol by putting up a pompous preening anti working class double barreld snob who has spent years trying to Destroy Camden.

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