Opinion: Monday justice has thrown a spanner in the workings of the Labour Party as 5 party members have won a legal challenge enabling them to vote in the leadership election. That opens the door for many more
They had been excluded when Labour's NEC, National Executive Committee, made retrospective changes limiting who could vote in the upcoming election.
They were barred as a timeline of January 12, 2016, was set.
It almost looked as if Labour had perhaps inadvertently taken money under false pretences.
Arguments that becoming a party member is about more than voting and sometimes eligibility to vote is not instant were easily shot down in flames.
The Labour Party website made many grandiose promises to those who might decide to sign up and voting was one.
What happens next?
Surely a new timeline must be set? The financial cost of all this will be devasting and then there is the PR cost.
Some Labour MPs have illustrated all that can be and is wrong in British politics by going into overdrive to oust party Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Backbenchers heckled Corbyn in the House of Commons chanting resign and worse; they passed a non-binding vote of no confidence; they began plotting last year ahead of the leadership election; they resigned pinning their resignation letters on Twitter timelines for all the world to see; they showed no compassion or humanity.
During all of this they failed to hold the Tories to account.
Monday the latest smear tactic from the challengers, camp, Owen Smith, is attacking James Schneider of Momentum for his background and politics.
They continue to plummet the depths making themselves and the party unelectable.
There will be no easy way back from all of this; a clean break may be the only way forward.
Monday thousands will be celebrating as they become eligible to vote but Labour's NEC are already planning an appeal.
As BBC News reports "The court's decision could add as many as 126,592 people to the list of those eligible to vote in the contest, an expansion of about a third of the membership."
What does the Owen Smith Camp have to fear from that decision?
You may well ask.
[There will be an appeal but there is at least one petition - https://www.change.org/p/labour-party-don-t-appeal-the-court-decision - opposing this as members will in effect have to foot-the-bill]
While Owen Smith and Tony Blair in the first images opt to share a camera shoot with wealthy Tories Mr Corbyn was caught on camera after getting chatting to a man begging on a train. They discussed homelessness. I wonder what Tony Blair chatted to Margaret Thatcher about?
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