Although Owen Jones’ strategy for change within the Labour Party is based upon hopeless optimism, his article in today’s Guardian (June 13) is correct in one respect:
“Blairism, New Labour, whatever you want to call it, is dead. It owed its hegemony to, frankly, despair: the idea that socialist policies were electoral poison, and offering them to the British people would invite only landslide Tory victories. The idea that technocratic centrism in this election would have mobilised voters as Corbyn’s Labour did is for the birds. No, Labour didn’t win, but it won its biggest increase in vote share since Clement Attlee in 1945 and is far closer to government than it was, despite being hobbled with disadvantages such as the loss of Scotland before Corbyn assumed Labour’s leadership. The idea, therefore, that centrism is the only possible route for electoral victory is buried.”
Jones is also right to say: “Labour already has a sizable poll lead – and the only way for the Tories currently, it seems, is down.” This statement however is far from controversial and even the business editor of the Leicester Mercury (June 13) had this to say about Theresa May’s uncertainty-inducing electoral campaign:
“What an absolute embarrassment. She even helped make Jeremy Corbyn look like leadership material. She’s turned us into the laughing stock of Europe. And worse than that, she has threatened the stability of the whole country. … One’s thing’s for certain, Theresa May must go.”
A Corbyn-led government coming to power within the next year looks more and more likely by the day. So the urgent task that lies ahead for all Labour members is to make sure that when another general election is called later this year they are able to choose a socialist parliamentary candidate who, like Corbyn, has spent the last several decades actively opposing the Blairism that still dominates the ranks of the Parliamentary Labour Party…
Mandatory reselection anyone?