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Paul Mason fails to win an election

Oh dear. Paul Mason has spent the past few months telling anyone who will listen that Jeremy Corbyn can — and will — win an election. Discussing the Labour coup, he claimed that the ‘guardians of elite power inside the Labour party’ were so scared by Corbyn’s electability that they text each other and arranged a coup to thwart him.

Alas, it now seems that Mason — too — is suffering problems in this area. His journey from Channel 4 economics editor to a fully fledged Corbynista revolutionary hit a bump in the road last night after he attempted to get elected as a branch delegate to Vauxhall Labour. He was unsuccessful in his bid and failed to get elected — with a moderate triumphing.

While a little birdy tells Mr S that Mason was none too pleased by the result, Steerpike suspects that — once again — Labour’s ‘guardians of elite power’ are to blame.


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