Labour won Stoke. Jamie Reed lost Copeland
Paul Mason
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Paul Mason writes on the assumption that his readers understand the nature of a non-neoliberal alternative. They don’t, and the reason they don’t is that Labour doesn’t announce it. Labour can never win people over just talking about less cuts and with Corbyn’s anti-nuclear pacifism as the back drop. People want a credible team developing a credible plan. There needs to be a massive capacity building in the Labour party, so that it is better informed than the government. It needs to be able to present informed opinion on everything from foreign policy to economic and social issues. It needs to be able to integrate the exciting criticism of the current situation with clear policy options based on solid research. It needs to learn how to translate complex issues into packages that people can digest as they work through their otherwise engaged lives. It needs to define its ideology with courage and conviction. Sadly I have concluded that Jeremy Corbyn does not have the ability to do this job. He and his team have alienated many of the people and groups they need to do the job. If Corbyn has one job it is to help the leader Labour needs to take over.

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