Good article. I am genuinely sick to my back teeth of us elitist metropolitan liberal blah blah blah who cares being the ones who consistently need to “listen to” and “understand” the right wing/far right wing bleatings of Ukippers and the like, where “listen to” and “understand” are typically code for “capitulate completely to” in the name of some…
I think point 10 is the most important here. If Labour is to survive in any form there has to be — HAS to be — a way to translate this very passionate, very vocal activist base into something approaching a force for good. It needs to prove, through proper activism, that it is more than a so-called “rabble” and can actually get out on doorsteps…
I think it’s irrelevant because the Labour Party is about as likely to win an election as the Lib Dems at this point.
Smith is more likely to win an election than Corbyn, but this is like saying that McDonald’s is a more healthy basis for a diet than Burger King; neither speak to the fundamental issues involved.
This is completely, 100% correct about the challenges for anyone looking to unseat Jeremy Corbyn. His opposition in the leadership election didn’t provide as inspiring a vision as he did, or give anything like a coherent or different enough policy platform that wasn’t wholly repellent to the Labour membership base.
Thank you for this.
You know, it’s really telling that everyone responding to this is responding with some sort of disagreement with a part of it is saying “no, actually it’s even worse than your deliberate nightmare scenario” rather than “actually things are great for the young and here’s why”.
That, I don’t know. The problem is that a lot of the policies that are so harming the young (or advantaging the old over the young) only do so through very convoluted methods that are rather hard to explain in a soundbite and/or are never really mentioned outside of obscure blogs on the Internet (ahem) , and the odd Guardian “Comment is Free”…
A reasonable enough point. Obviously not ALL older people voted for the policies that are hurting younger ones, same as not all young people are unsupportive of them. However, in aggregate, the people voting for these policies tend to be over 55s, while the people voting for the opposition to them tend to skew younger.
A fair point — the UK’s average salary is £26,500 (according to a brief Google) whereas if you got your loan in late 2012 or after the repayment threshold is £21k.
So if anything, that’s worse — get to 80% of the UK averagenational wage and you start paying your debt, not even to the average.