One of the biggest problems the alt-left face is that they don’t have the people. This week that became critically clear in London where they were forced, through gritted teeth, to live with the re-nomination of Sadiq Khan as Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London.
Khan wasn’t in any sense troublesome for Corbyn: he nominated him for leader and more recently even endorsed Corbyn’s hostility to council-led development partnerships with the private sector – a move that left many Labour councillors in London privately fuming. Indeed the biggest thing about Khan’s mayoralty is that it has been small in terms of political ambition and achievement. But that could all be set to change now that he’s escaped the grasp of the Momentum revenge machine.
This week has shown how thin the general talent is on the far left. Another media appearance by Aaron Bastani ended in the very opposite of rave reviews as the “brocalist” came close to dismissing attacks on women MPs as “banter”. John McDonnell snarled his contempt for Chuka Umunna, while Diane Abbott defended the white leader of the Labour Party against a black MP’s allegation of institutional racism and, of course, the anti-semitic counter kept ticking over.
If Khan does want to emerge as a political personality there probably has never been a better moment.