JUNE 2017 – after Corbyn’s surprise upset for Theresa May’s election miscalculation, Guardian hacks and right wing Labour were desperately rowing back on their traducing of the man. Of the myriads of conditional, hedged and qualified, small hearted, partial and phoney mea culpas uttered in that brief aftermath, none surpassed that of Jess Phillips, whose vanishingly tiny emotional intelligence quotient1 saw her over the finishing line in record time to snatch gold.
I’ve said more than once that right wing Labour will always prefer a Conservative over a Left Labour government.2 Now see Phillips react to the exit polls on Thursday night. Unaware she’s on camera, she’s all smiles and laughter. Then the truth dawns – and Jess is “devastated”.3
Only the prospect of her becoming the next Labour leader4 can lift her devastated spirits.
I’d be lying if I said millions of people haven’t asked .. I know that people like me because I have a personality …
- It takes spectacularly low self awareness to so relentlessly promote oneself – her sole noticeable talent – as to write a book with the title, Truth to Power.
- The clearest though by no means only evidence for this was in 1987 when Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead, urged Labour supporters in neighbouring Wallasey to vote Tory against left Labour candidate Lol Duffy. Tory Lynda Chalker scraped back in by 279 votes.
- This video capture of inadvertent reality deserves the widest possible circulation.
- See Kit Knightly’s excellent take down of Jess Phillips and her underwhelming CV in OffGuardian, March 2019.