With everything that has been thrown at Jeremy since his election, you could quite easily forget that the Labour party lost two elections, had been completely abandoned by Scotland, while suffering from a rather deflated, demoralised and flagging membership. I guess you could be mistaken for forgetting the majority of major unions were growing rather discontent with the Labour party, you could be mistaken for forgetting that there were talks and motions of disaffiliation flying around union branches.
The Labour party faced a uphill battle prior to Corbyn’s elections, in fact its situation was pretty dire. Yet it is almost like we are suppose to believe that the problems the Labour party are facing today are completely and utterly the making of one man, and everything will go back to ‘normal’ if we get rid of him. Normal like I guess losing elections and plodding along without any real direction or momentum, but hey at least Murdoch (& the Neoliberals) will be happy!
We are told repeatedly that we want a strong leader, and only if we have a strong leader will we get votes, I guess Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown just weren’t strong enough leaders to lead us to victory, perhaps they ought to encourage Nigel Farage to join! After all if Nigel does join they might win back some of that lost UKIP vote they keep harping on about. While it can only be assumed that the vast majority of Labour members don’t know what kind of leader they want because they clearly picked the wrong one, does that mean the other candidates just weren’t strong enough leaders?
Anyway it all sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Because to anyone outside the elite Labour bubble it is, while they are running around undermining and playing politics with the party, peoples lives have been ruined. At a time when they should have been getting on with the task of winning an election, they took it upon themselves to constantly groan about electability and leadership, the irony of their actions clearly lost on them. These plotters are clearly in denial about where the Labour party finds it self, and they obviously do not have a credible answer or alternative to offer. The party found it self in a very dark place before Corbyn came and switched on the light, and people would do well to remember that.
Corbyn since before his election was opposed by sections of the PLP, they have been planning to get rid of him since before he was even elected, they have constantly undermined the party, and constantly undermined Corbyn, because to them their main mission isn’t to oppose the Tories, it isn’t to try and improve this country or our lives, it is to get rid of Corbyn, override the rather foolish decision of the membership in voting someone in they actually want to represent them, and to ultimately run the left out of the party. They were after all the self entitled heirs to the Brown-Blair era, and they clearly know a thing or two about electability, after just losing back to back elections. I wonder if they had all the answers on how to get elected, why they didn’t use them just over a year ago and win the election.
Labour lost Scotland to a more left wing option the SNP, off the back of the destructive referendum campaign where the Labour party joined forces with the Tories. This epitomises the wider view of the electorate, “couldn’t even get a rizla between the two parties” comes to mind. Labour lost in 2010 under Brown, off the back of losing 400,000 members during the Blair-Brown era (let alone 4million votes), it suffered a devastating defeat under Miliband. The party became devoid of ideas, devoid of vision, it stopped offering people hope, and resigned it self to just offering a little more than what the Tories were.
They believe rightly or wrongly that if you stick to the center ground you will win, as they attempted to emulate Blair’s winning formula (though clearly not a winning formula anymore), but they completely failed to realise that Blair won because he commanded the loyalty of huge sections of the left at the time. Just chasing Tory votes is the reason that Labour lost votes in its heartlands, embracing the Tories is the reason it lost Scotland, and parachuting people in to safe seats, forgetting about localism, led the party to the abyss. Corbyn has changed all that, and this is what scares his opponents, the people have taken control of the party, it is no longer controlled by Lords and big donors, the people are now in charge, and the MPs do not like this loss of power.
The Labour party needed Jeremy Corbyn, the members of the Labour Party chose Corbyn, because of the direction he was going to take the party, they along with the electorate resoundingly rejected the politics of the likes of Harriet Harman,Yvette Cooper, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. They wanted a change, and this change has been long in the making, the majority of people who are young to middle aged, have never been given a choice of left wing policies or ideals, politics has changed.
The Labour pary has changed, it numbers 500,000 members, that is cause for celebration, not condemnation, the party has become a powerhouse the like it hasn’t been in decades maybe even ever. The truth of the matter is, this coup isn’t about Corbyn being unelecable, it isn’t about his leadership, this coup is being launched for two purposes; the ideological motives to remove the left of the party, but most importantly the fear that Corbyn is actually doing a good job, opposing the Tories and being a successful opposition. If Corbyn is successful, they will be thrown into the shadows, they will be thrown into the dustbin of history, for them this is a fight for their survival. So don’t be tricked in the coming weeks with whatever they say, this has nothing to do with the policies of Corbyn, this has nothing to do with Corbyns chances in the election.
This is a battle for our very identity, the very soul not of the party but the country it self, do we have a party that serves the interest of the people, or do we just have parties which represent the powerful.
The choice ultimately falls at our feet…