Polling and Labour’s prospects
Owen Jones

For me the problem is that the Labour Party seems to be fighting yesterday’s battles with yesterdays’ ideologies. The next battle for working people is how we manage the replacement of millions of jobs with artificial intelligence and robotics. These are already starting to happen and will become a torrent in the next few years. Mass unemployment will become reality for millions and we, the broader Labour movement (the clue is in the name) have no answer. Why? Because we have never recognised that labour goes beyond heavy industry and the public sector. Those sectors have shrunk dramatically and the workforce has become more white collar, self-employed and service based but Labour has eschewed representing these groups properly so, guess what, they do not vote Labour which means Labour is now a minority. To become a majority mass movement again Labour must represent the majority.

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