I do not write this article in support of any of the other candidates, that will come later but rather as a synopsis of why me as a Corbynite, have lost faith and will now support a new candidate to become leader of the labour party. The way this coup progressed was not ideal but that doesn't change the fact that this leadership challenge is legitimate and labour stalwarts do not believe Jeremy can deliver.
This leadership battle was set in stone the moment Corbyn lost the no confidence vote amongst the parliamentary labour party. A result so one sided it seemed obvious that Corbyn must resign, yet he clings to power showing his stubborn tendencies and unwilling to compromise under any circumstance, traits that don't instill support. There is only one purpose to having a PLP, to become the government so we can instill change. This principle seems lost on many Corbynites who would prefer to stand for principle rather than actually make a difference. I just can't comprehend why Corbyn still believes he can lead the labour party into power when he can't lead a small group of people. This is no insignificant fact, perhaps the Corbyn camp can explain how exactly you are supposed to whip when so very few MPs support him. The same MPs who won't forget the 430 plus times corbyn rebelled, it seems to have become the mantra of the hard left "Do as I say, not as I do"
There is for me also the issue that Corbyn personally appears weak to me. He does not appear to me as someone who has the strength to lead the entire country. There have been rumours his team avoided meetings with certain labour politicians incase he gets bullied. This is unbelievable in my eyes because if he cannot stand up for himself in private meetings what will he do when he meets the likes of President Putin or President Jinping. Let us not forget it was President Putin who infamously brought his dog to a meeting with Chancellor Merkel who has a known fear of dogs. Mr Putin later apologised and stated he was unaware of her phobia but many find it incredulous he had no idea. Would you be willing to trust President Putin and Mr Corbyn in a room together deciding the fate of our relations?
All in all, I have lost faith in the leadership of Mr Corbyn and I urge my fellow labour party members to vote against him in this leadership election. For me the purpose of politics is to enable change and in that regards, Mr Corbyn has had a poor career. In his 31 years career, I am hard pressed to find any actual difference he made. Though I admire Mr Corbyn and agree with many of his policies, he appears to be nothing more than a protest vote. I would rather enact 5 good policies whilst in power than promise 10 good policies from the sidelines.