Kelly How Labour can win – and lose

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all the un­der­min­ing.

It fell into three parts. First the prankster hand­ing her the fake P45 which May ac­cepted with stoic res­ig­na­tion.

Sec­ond, the cough­ing which re­minded many of the brief ten­ure of Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, whose ner­vous throat clear­ing dur­ing par­lia­men­tary de­bates saw him dubbed Iain Duncan Cough by Pri­vate Eye.

And fi­nally there was an­other bit of nos­tal­gia this time for TV fans of Cross­roads, the Mid­lands-based soap famed for its wob­bly sets, when part of the Tory party sign col­lapsed.

Com­pared to the love-in that was the Labour con­fer­ence, it showed a party at war with it­self.

How­ever Labour should not get too smug.

The Tories have been here be­fore and fol­low­ing last year’s party con­fer­ences who would have thought May not Jeremy Cor­byn would be the book­ies favourite to be the first to go?

And stranger still, bear­ing in mind Labour’s civil war un­til the gen­eral elec­tion, if the Theresa May is­sue is tear­ing the Tory party apart, Cor­byn is the glue that is hold­ing Labour to­gether. Re­mem­ber he’s 68 and can’t go on for­ever - who will re­place him?

Let me go all ‘Mys­tic Mike’ here. I thought May would be kept on to do the Brexit deal but I now sus­pect she’ll go be­fore any deal is done. And very soon. A new leader will call an­other snap elec­tion on the premise, yet again, of get­ting a strong man­date this time specif­i­cally for a hard Brexit.

Labour will win - just - and pick up the poi­soned chal­ice and plough ahead with its ‘soft Brexit’ pol­icy faced by a Tory party rein­vig­o­rated by an anti Europe stance with its pre­ferred ‘hard Brexit’ ap­proach.

One of Cor­byn’s short­com­ings - as a party leader not as a per­son - is his in­abil­ity to speak con­vinc­ingly of a pol­icy he is not, well, con­vinced about. Ly­ing, in old money. Does he have Tony Blair’s phone num­ber for tips? Even Char­lie Mullins has had enough

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