Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Cabal Wrong About Labour Party Disintegration

Mick Hall argues that:

A party which has over 650,000 plus members, is hardly in its death throes let alone disintegrating.

A party which has over 650,000 plus members is hardly in its death throes let alone disintegrating.
I see the young Blairite Gavin Callaghan has been busy stirring up apathy and division in a blog post on Your Thurrock. His claim the Labour Party is disintegrating is not only untruthful, but coming from a man whose bloodstained hero can do no wrong, it sounds more like wishful thinking. A party which now has over six hundred thousand members, is hardly in its death throes let alone disintegrating.

Although as is the way in all democratic parties there are political differences which need ironing out. Despite the overwhelming majorities Jeremy Corbyn has achieved in two leadership contests, it's become clear there is a minority right-wing cabal of Labour MP's in parliament who have refused to accept Jeremy Corbyn as the democratically elected leader of the party.
"When you publish this don't use my name as the source"

Despite their continued opposition since 2015, this divisive clique have time and again failed to demonstrate they have the necessary support, the policies, a viable strategy, or the energy needed to defeat Jeremy, let alone the Tory government and Ukip in 2020. The mainstream media churns out anti-Corbyn tirades weekly if not daily, often attributing this wretched stuff to anonymous sources within this right wing group. The fact they refuse to stand over their own names when briefing against Corbyn to their associates in the Sun, Daily Mail, and the Guardian speaks volumes about the lack of integrity within the group.

As Ken Loach recently wrote in a letter published in the Guardian:

Any disarray or disunity in the party is the responsibility of those MPs. They attack Corbyn and John McDonnell day after day, refusing to promote party policy on jobs, housing, transport or the NHS, the core concerns of those they should represent. They offer no support, in parliament or outside. Worst of all, they show contempt for the hundreds of thousands of new members, mainly Corbyn supporters, who have made Labour the largest political party in Europe. This bunch of political losers are intent on the destruction of a Labour party they cannot control.

You can pick them out at Prime Minister's Questions aimlessly playing with their phones and ipads on the opposition back benches. They make no attempt to encourage new members to become active in their CLPs, at best keeping them at arm's length. At worst, they view them as intruders in a party they believe they have a god given right to control.

The one question this rightwing cabal refuses to answer; if not Corbyn then whom? They cannot answer this question as they haven't a viable candidate who can gain the support of the majority of party members, and it's not for the want of trying. The fact Jeremy Corbyn has never responded in kind to their taunts and deceitful behavior speaks volumes about his self discipline and leadership skills.

It doesn't have to be this way, true the party has been rebalanced to the left under Corbyn's leadership. But that was a necessary realignment because under the pressures of Thatcherism, New Labour moved so far to the right it even refused to repeal her anti-trade union legislation which weakened our trade unions and helped create in the UK today, the uncertainty for those on zero hours contracts and a low wage, low skilled economy for many working class people.

If you look at the policies Jeremy now advocates, far from hard-left, throughout much of my lifetime they were regarded as mainstream LP party policy:
The NHS free of privatisation, affordable homes to rent and buy, free education for all from cradle to grave, cut income and wealth inequality, action to secure the environment, create well paid jobs by reinvigorating the manufacturing sector, an end to zero hours contracts, take our railways back into public ownership, peace and justice a home and in foreign policy, an adequately funded system of care for the elderly and disabled.

There is an old fashioned trade union slogan which was a core belief of the party's founders, 'unity is strength.' It's time this rightwing cabal lived up to that and acted accordingly.

Is Ken Loach correct when he says their main aim is the destruction of a Labour party they cannot control? If not they must cease their mischief making and get behind Jeremy Corbyn, the shadow cabinet and the overwhelming majority of the membership who will be holding the Tories to account in 2017.


Barry Gilheany said...

So why are Labour's poll ratings so dismal then? It is a far left cabal with little lived experience of the daily problems confronting the average Labour voter that has seized control of the Party maximising the possibilities given to them by Ed Milliband's farcical membership scheme giving £3 a time "registered supporters" the same voting status as life long full members and the equally farcical or "moronic" decision by certain Labour grandees to put Jeremy Corbyn's name on the ballot paper in 2015.

Yes, Labour needed fresh ideas and to move on from New Labour. But Labour never had the soul searching debate it needed after 2010 to probe what a Labour Party means in the gig economy of the 21st century or what being working class means in the age of automation and Artificial Intelligence. Corbyn is thus a symptom rather than a cause of Labour's malaise.

But with that caveat, the Labour leadership has displayed scandalous ineptitude over the EU referendum and subsequent prospect of Brexit. It has shown moral turpitude over the rape of Syria and in the case of Seumas Milne it has a useful if not wilfully blind idiot for Putin.

When Corbynites talk of their leader's democratic mandate they conveniently forget the democratic mandate that Corbyn's opponents in the PLP have from 8m+ voters.

If Labour still exists after the electoral mauling I fear it will receive in 2020, I look forward to a proper Labour leadership contest between Clive Lewis, Keir Starmer and Dan Jervis. In their different ways this triumvirate represent the future. Corbyn represents the past.