As a middle aged member of the Labour Party what I liked about Corbyn last year was that he seemed genuine, he had a view that was clearly different from the Conservatives (I was very unimpressed with last year’s election campaign under Miliband where it seemed that both sides talked about scroungers vs hard working families and allowed the impression that the welfare state caused the economic crisis), and he wanted to move political debate from smears and insults to discussing facts and policies. Since then, from the outside, it has seemed like a barrage of smears and insults against him, and hardly any positive reporting …. an example is the anti-semitism/racism accusations before the London Mayoral elections, where he organised an external report and investigation … this seemed a good idea to me and has hardly been commented on, accusations have moved on to misogyny. What I hoped was that he could move Labour back a bit from the New Labour approach, and some good new leaders would emerge over time. What you say about supporters going out in the community and talking to people, he also said. But it seems to me, if you say it has been impossible to get Labour working together, so he should go, you are saying that smearing and undermining and refusing to work together has succeeded. It must have been difficult to organise as leader of the opposition with a background of being a back bench idealist, but it didn’t seem he had solid help and support from people with more management experience. And there have been two recent reports, one from LSE and one from Birkbeck, showing how relentlessly negative most newspaper coverage has been. This will account for at least some of the poll results as people who are not following politics in detail and have other interests will likely base their views on the media. Also as Labour seems in the middle of nasty internal arguments, they won’t look like a future government right now, and the timing of the whole front bench resignation thing taking attention away from the referendum result was mad.
Whoever leads Labour, the loss of Scotland will make winning the next election very hard. And if MPs can’t work together, even worse. But should people give in to the agitation of people who can’t accept the results of a vote when they agreed the terms beforehand? You have to do what they want or they will not co-operate? And they do not seem any more likely to win an election.
Seeking power is what a political party should do, but not if they have to lose their vision to do it. I think the Labour Party went over too far to focus groups, polls, and saying what they thought would go down well, and that led to the insincerity of the Blair era which was offputting for many people.
Also all these names people are called (Trotskyist, Blairite, whatever) is more social media (or heat of the moment) than real life. Insults and threats are all over social media and a major problem inside and outside politics …. and who sends them is not always clear. In my local Labour Party there is plenty of disagreement without descending to insults on either side.