‘We sent you away, oh Mandy . . .’

. . . to adapt the words of the song – and yet here’s Peter Mandelson, bold as brass and twice as cheap, saying he wakes up every morning praying for a general election so that Jeremy Corbyn and Co can be consigned to the dustbin of history. To quote another colourful Mandy, he would say that, wouldn’t he?

Meanwhile Polly Toynbee in the Guardian is proudly ‘cynical’, telling her lefty friends that she opposes Corbyn and his crew (our word, but it gives the dismissive feel of the piece), not because of their policies but because, ‘burdened by their history’ they ‘will never ever earn the trust of enough voters to make any plans happen’.

Meanwhile, too, the party’s national executive committee today engineers voting to ensure that Corbyn and his followers are in an ineffective minority.

Trust? What trust? With these movers and shakers at their undermining work, who needs the Daily Maul and the rest of the right-wing press to stuff socialism quickly back into its coffin?

As for the burden of their history, it’s as nothing to the weight of abuse loaded on to their shoulders by (face contorted in grimace) their friends and colleagues.

The shame of it is that it becomes our burden, too.

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