Following the catastrophic defeat of the Labour party, there will now be a leadership change.
Corbyn has announced that he will not be fighting the 2024 election, but he's being pushed to resign sooner than that.
What were the causes of the landslide? In no particular order ...
1. Brexit. Under Corbyn's leadership, Labour took a definite "On the fence" stance. This was the biggest question of the election, and his response was "No comment"?
2. Corbyn's friends, the terrorists. Corbyn has cuddled up to the IRA, to Hamas, to Hezbollah, and he has not apologised for that.
3. Policies - my impression of the Corbyn manifesto, was "Free stuff for everyone". And after the manifesto was published, Corbyn offered another £56 billion to the Waspi women. And gave no guidance to where that huge sum would come from.
4. The NHS was an issue in the campaign - but the policy of reducing the five day week to four days (at the same pay), would have knocked 20% off the NHS budget.
5. Antisemitism. There's a number of aspects here. First, it's clear that Corbyn didn't care about antisemitism, and might have been personally antisemitic himself. For sure, he didn't do anything much about antisemitism in the Labour Party. This lead to the loss of a quarter million Jewish votes. And worse, it led to the loss of a quarter million keen activists, who would have been knocking on doors, handing out leaflets and getting out the vote. The referral to the Equality and Human Rights Commission is going to (probably) hammer the last nail into the coffin containing the Labour Party.
The factor most mentioned by voters on "Why didn't you vote Labour was" ... Corbyn. He was just too much heavy baggage, an anchor dragging on the bottom of the sea, and the Labour party will probably dump him now.
The Labour party is now so far down in the vote, that it's going to take about ten years before it has a chance to get elected, and a party that isn't elected, can't do anything.
I think it's REALLY important to have a non-racist, non-Marxist, credible opposition party. And the Labour party will soon be having a leadership contest, in which every member of the Labour party will have a vote.
So, I joined the Labour party.
It's really easy, and it only costs me £2.17 per month. The party has 485,000 members, so if a few hundred thousand people join the party now, we'll really have a BIG say in the future direction of the party.
To be realistic, you cannot say right now, which way you will vote in the 2029 election. But if you join the Labour party now, you'll help to choose the party leader, and you can help steer the party off the rocky road that it has been on recently, which will give you a credible alternative in 2029. Maybe you'll still vote the way you did this year. But it would be great to have a real choice, and not find yourself voting for the "least worst" party.
You can too.
I paid my £3 to vote for Corbyn as leader way back when, not because I wanted him or labour running the country, but with precisely the outcome we have just seen in mind. Best £3 I have ever spent.ReplyDelete
I've taken your advice and joined as well. If you have 45 minutes spare, Elizabeth Day's "How to Fail" podcast interview with Jess Phillips offers hope that there are still some thoroughly decent human beings in politics.ReplyDelete
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