There's a lot of soul-searching in the Labour party after Sunday's abysmal results in the European elections. On Monday, Corbynista commentator Paul Mason was one of the first out of the blocks, with a lengthy autopsy of Labour's electoral failure. He placed the blame squarely on Corbyn's Brexit-leaning advisors, and urged those responsible to be fired.
'Three point plan for Labour. 1. A members ballot on Remain/Reform as the new line. 2. Sack the officials responsible for this fiasco. 3. Defend Corbyn against the inevitable coup. More from me tomorrow - sign our petition here https://www.left2030.org/petition/ '
Unsurprisingly, the column didn't go down well in all quarters of the hard left. Ian Lavery, Chair of the Labour Party and one of the most vocal supporters of so-called 'Lexit', hit back, saying:
Undeterred, Paul Mason clarified his position:
'I'm calling for your resignation as well. If people actively obstruct the leader, brief against him, refuse to enact decisions they are not doing their jobs - and how can we have a party chair who breaks the whip?'
Things got uglier when Corbynista mouthpiece Skwawkbox got involved and Mason hit back one more time:
Oh dear. Mr S suspects Mason won't be getting an invite back into Corbyn's inner circle anytime soon...