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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Machiavellian ploy or genuine attempt at reconcilliation?

We must all work with Jeremy Corbyn, says Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna: "We must accept the result of our contest when it comes"

It is said that "a week is a long time in politics".
Chuka Umunna, the Blairite prodigy who could not endure the spotlight on him, his family and his friends,  coming from the press and media during his short period as a prospective   leadership candidate, has however taken some 15 weeks, since May in fact, to reach the view that "We must all work with Jeremy Corbyn", and then going on to say that we must "not make the mistake of giving the impression that electability requires the party to ditch its principles"
Now this seems a little different from his position of a few short months ago, but is a welcome departure from the idea that winning elections is the overriding intention,  no matter how many principles or commitments need to be prostituted along the road to that objective. 
No matter that some may view this intervention with some scepticism or even suspicion, it is never the less a refreshing departure from the undercurrent of plots, intrigue and calls from Tristam Hunt,Kendall and others for a "Parliamentary “resistance” movement" in the event that Jeremy Corbyn should be elected as Labour party leader. (As recently as 27th August, the Telegraph was actually reporting the rumour that Umunna is involved in this plot).
Whether or not this is some Machiavellian ploy in respect of future leadership ambitions remains to be seen, but for now perhaps Umunna should be given the benefit of the doubt.