Haunted by yesterday’s men

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If I were Jeremy Corbyn, I would have no hesitation in telling those so-called big beasts of Labour of years ago to shut up if they can’t say anything helpful during the general election campaign.

Corbyn already has a tough enough job on his hands, without the likes of Tony Blair and former deputy leader Lord (Roy) Hattersley (pictured) continually criticising as he struggles to be positive about Labour’s prospects on June 8.

Blair has said there is no chance of victory for Labour so long as Corbyn is at the helm, while Hattersley has issued a call for a campaign to oust him.

If these two former Labour heavyweights feel they must attack the party leader, why on earth can’t they wait until the election is over, if Labour do badly?

Corbyn’s task is daunting without having to endure brickbats from yesterday’s men at such a crucial time. He must be raging – and I don’t blame him.

- It would be foolhardy for would-be Conservative voters to think their successes in the local elections will automatically be transferred, so to speak, on June 8.

Local elections are notorious for giving inaccurate pointers to the outcome of an impending general election.

So talk of a landslide victory for the Conservatives is premature and possibly dangerous to the Tory cause – as the Prime Minister is only too well aware. Although she has made some robust remarks about Brussels grandees as the Brexit battle hots up, she is overall conducting an ultra-cautious campaign. She is taking no chances.

- It is a platitude to say the internet is a force for good, but it can also be a source of great evil. It was used, or rather misused, at the end of the United States presidential campaign to damage, it seems, Hillary Clinton’s prospects of victory. She believes she would have been in the White House today were it not for that. Now, it appears a cyber attack was made in a vain attempt to embarrass Emmanuel Macron, who overcame it and was elected as France’s next president.

Let us fervently hope similar attacks are not made on any of the party leaders in our own general election.