A response to Owen Jones’s “A wake-up call to all Jeremy Corbyn Supporters

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Helping a Blairite, crypto-tory stooge to understand the mess we are in.

In his article Mr Jones set out a number of questions for those members of the UK Labour Party deluded into thinking that they had done anything other than destroy their party by voting for a leader with principles. Here is one persons response.

Mr Jones, you are deeply steeped in a time and tide of late capitalist centralist top down nastiness. Your concern for psephology, the media, winning power and etc are all products of a time and a place. Both behind us. Get over it.

  1. How can the disastrous polling be turned around?

Give up on the idea that a social movement needs concern itself with shifting the needle on a right wing media dial-o-politics meter. Just give it up.

2. Where is the clear vision?

Brexiteers led the way with clear vision as did the Tories in May 2015. But then lies can can get you far. Such clarity is grotesquely over rated. As indeed is vision, a slice of managerialist claptrap that has all but had its day outside of the political class. What are needed are principles, then the public can know and indeed tell politicians what it is that should be done.

3. How are the policies significantly different from the last general election?

Give up on the idea that policies are the shifting sands upon which you can build a political platform. Practicality, expediency, call it what you will isn’t the only way of expressing political ideals. In fact it has never been a good way. So no, they don’t always need dumping like that fitted kitchen, or low cost sofa, replaced by a more contemporary look and feel as the ad men advise. Ask yourself, should we be piling socialist principles high on the IKEA market barrow and then pushing out a new catalogue every autumn? Your entire set of questions sounds like the some clown trying to keep an advertising account when the customer is going bust. But a social movement can only go bust when it has no principles not when it fails to flog ‘policies’ with a Christmas ad campaign. Power gained and kept at the expense of principle is too expensive — for everyone, or have you already forgotten May 2010?

4. What’s the media strategy?

Give up on the idea that policies and ideals are the shifting sands upon which social change can be achieved. etc etc. In fact give up on the bollocks like strategy, strategists, strategising and such tripe. Managing your message via such bastards as inhabit the profit engines inside the Daily Mail and Murdochs’ newsrooms, or media managers in №10 — is a waste of effort. See Question 9 for an answer to this question.

5. What’s the strategy to win over the over-44s?

Give up on the strategies already… The careful market segmentation of political practice sits up there with managing the media, politics as a process warmed in the filthy glow of Islington thought leaders. A toolkit for twats thankfully now past its sell by date — even in Tesco. Late 20th century pseudo thought dressed up as analysis.

6. What’s the strategy to win over Scotland?

Oh for Christ Sake, enough strategy already. Why not try behaving like adults and civilised human beings, its clearly working in Scotland. For that matter why ‘win them over’? Why not form an alliance? Why not try and help them create something in Scotland that can be admired in England, Wales and N.Ireland. In fact why not start to think not in terms newspaper poll disasters and the holy grail of a Parliamentary majority but rather concern yourself with progressive action, government and resistance in the round. A mass movement of folk, not a an electoral army of hod carriers for the the London village left/right wing swells.

7. What’s the strategy to win over Conservative voters?

Why not try being selfish, bigoted, small minded twats, oh already tried that. How about running a socialist movement and let the Tories take care of turning off some of their voters — it looks to have worked before. Its absolutely bloody certain to work again. Or better yet, not have a strategy for doing any such thing.

8. How would we deal with people’s concerns about immigration?

Repeat a lot of lies and half baked promises that you can’t keep while offending many and trying to hide in Mays’ shadow and hope the Express and Mail won’t call you out. Or perhaps try and offer some leadership. Whether or not the right wing press can be impressed with your bona fides as a bigot. In any event ask the people of this country. Not a pseudo vote like Brexit but the real thing, a debate within the party in public and with a real and very wide call for contributions — in all forms. See the answer to question 9.

9. How can Labour’s mass membership be mobilised?

Ask them to get on with it. Just try it, try supporting them and letting them do it themselves. But then we would all have to cope with a political process which doesn’t look like the one you have just lost — for good. Conventional politics might not go away quickly, but it has certainly stopped working. Representative government of the kind you see as a given is patently unfit for purpose. Unfortunately the political class will be the last to recognise, let alone act on this observation. Therein lies the question we should all be addressing. How do we get the political class to recognise their serious failings and the dysfunctional nature of the process they embody?