What’s the biggest threat facing the Labour party? The Tories? The Lib Dems? Brexit? All wrong, says pro-Corbyn film director Ken Loach. The Kes filmmaker reckons its the likes of Tom Watson and other Labour MPs failing to line up behind Jeremy that is the thing to worry about right now. Loach told Mr S’s favourite paper, the Morning Star, that ‘the right inside Labour are the biggest obstacle to a Labour government’. He said:
‘The right wing of the Labour party is the biggest threat we face. These are the inheritors of Ramsay MacDonald, Neil Kinnock and Roy Hattersley, Blair and Brown. The right, embodied by Tom Watson, aims to destroy the socialist programme. In the party there is the leadership and a core of socialists backing it. Then you have a huge membership which is very supportive of and excited by the socialist programme. And in the middle you have this layer of right-wing MPs doing all they can to frustrate it….every time Jeremy makes a statement you see someone come out and say the opposite. It’s cynical. It’s calculated.’
But as for Corbyn, Loach thinks he can do no wrong. The Labour leader might have dismal poll ratings, but Loach is convinced the answer is more Corbyn, not less:
‘We should make sure Jeremy is clearly visible, as people won’t vote for someone they don’t know. People who meet him recognise his warmth and human engagement, we need to see that’.
At least Loach has got his wish this afternoon at Labour conference. Watson was due to take to the stage in Brighton but he has now been replaced: by Corbyn….