Jeremy Corbyn can no longer “say the first thing that comes into his head”

Slightly disappointing that the first thing that meets you when you click on the Labour party website is the by now old news that the new leader is Jeremy Corbin. But whatever is happening to Labour poll ratings in the country, he’s still pulling them in.

Still, his rather unfocused leadership has brought this extraordinarily early rebuke from one of his biggest supporter/sponsors, Len McCluskey of the Unite Union…

Jeremy Corbyn can no longer “say the first thing that comes into his head” now he is Labour Party leader, Unite boss Len McCluskey has said.

The union general secretary said Mr Corbyn had to “come to terms” with his leadership, the York Press reported.

Unite, Britain’s largest trade union and Labour’s biggest financial backer, supported Mr Corbyn in last summer’s Labour leadership contest.

Mr McCluskey later said Mr Corbyn had his “full support”. Unite said he had expressed similar sentiments in his speech at York University.

According to the York Press, Mr McCluskey said: “He [Mr Corbyn] has been a very principled MP and been able to say what he likes, but now he’s a leader and in leadership he can’t necessarily say the first thing that comes into his head. He has to take some balance.”

He also said Mr Corbyn’s comments on shoot-to-kill powers for police were “inappropriate”.

Keep your friends close and your close friends, erm, closer?

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  • Korhomme

    Neither Jeremy, nor his shadow chancellor, have any experience of ‘front bench’ politics. Jeremy has been a serial rebel. And while his policies are very attractive to so many, he is surely a ‘lightweight’ in political terms.

  • Neil

    Jeremy Corbyn can no longer “say the first thing that comes into his head” now he is Labour Party leader, Unite boss Len McCluskey has said.

    Surely the problem is not him saying “the first thing that comes into his head” and more him not responding in snappy soundbites that are simple to understand. To argue against shoot to kill within days of Paris was brave and a naive attempt to explain his rather complex pacifist principles in the face of a public hungry for blood. You get the impression he could have delivered a dissertation on the wrongs of shoot to kill but that wasn’t going to happen on News at Ten, so he needs to work out the least worst way of expressing his views in much shorter order. Jeremy has a problem alright, just Len hasn’t figured out what that problem is, in my opinion.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Stop Press! Len McClusky makes a sensible statement.

    Neil – not sure Jez has ever delivered a dissertation as he failed to complete his 1st year in university.

  • Hugh Davison

    Your point being: No third level therefore stupid?