Yesterday, the Labour MP for Ilford declared that “there is now no collective Shadow cabinet responsibility in our Party, no clarity on economic policy and no credible leadership”. And all day long he followed this observation up on Twitter.
- “I will show loyalty [to Jeremy Corbyn],” he blasted back at the Corbynistas, “in the same way as he was loyal to Kinnock Smith Blair Brown Beckett Miliband and Harman.”
- “I’m not resigning,” he said later, “I’m Labour. If you want me out you will have to deselect me. I’m not going anywhere.”
- “I AM LABOUR,” he cried later, in the manner of a film extra crying “I am Spartacus”. “I AM LABOUR. Get it?”
We get it. Gapes is not only a long-standing Labour mainstream guy, but also a former Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. All that Our-Friends-From-Hamas-And-Hezbollah stuff will drive him nuts.
I don’t want to spit on Gapes’s effervescent parade, but to “I AM LABOUR” he could have added “AND I AM 63”. He will be 68 in 2020. The Trotskyinistas may deselect him but they cannot, er, redistribute his Parliamentary pension. Expect to hear more from him.