On the eve of the Labour Leadership result, can Labour start putting itself back together?
Even the most ardent anti Corbyn Labour member can’t fail to admit that those people who sought to wrest control of Labour from the current leadership are so resolutely hapless that had they, by whatever miracle, managed to undermine Labour’s democracy to such an extent that they could seize the reins the Labour party would have been in dire hands. For all the bullish responses that Corbyn’s leadership is worse, in moments of honest reflection, everybody knows that those who agitated for and orchestrated the coup are beyond their depth when it comes to anything more than snide briefings to indulgent media sources. At the core of the problem is that the Third Way remnants, like David Miliband, are so out of touch with the politics of modern Britain that they just don’t understand how to carve out a niche for themselves.
Two points, as one of Labour’s many moderates who currently support Corbyn’s leadership; a) people opposing Corbyn’s leadership needed to win me over and, like just about everyone else in this country, I am sick and tired of sleazy, ‘dog whistle’, trash talking, negative politics. I want policies and I want to trust that they will be worked towards. Stop patronising me or taking me for granted. When you attempted to drive a wedge between members like me and your Hard Left strawmen all you managed to do was insult me and all the other ordinary members. b) if people like me are attracted to Labour it’s not because I want Tory-lite but do not dismiss me as some sort of Hard Left knuckle dragger. You do not understand why people are motivated to support Corbyn’s leadership. I know that you think you do but you’re wrong, you don’t. You really don’t. Try doing some of that listening that politicians are forever boasting they do and then try hearing what’s being said. Dismiss us as ‘dreamers’ or whatever and we’ll just keep rejecting you in ever increasing numbers, as the electorate have since 1997.
Corbyn hasn’t done anything during his period of leadership to make me uneasy about his position as leader, I understand that that’s not what some people want to hear because they seem to have some sense of entitlement over running Labour but I, and the rest of the general electorate, don’t care about your sense of entitlement. In those moments when you were patting yourself on the back for landing yet another derisory blow against Corbyn over the past year, it’s a shame you couldn’t take a step back and wonder if you were a) capable of using your “resources” to make positive impacts and b) gauge the wider damage you were doing to Labour’s election chances. The childish glee of certain MPs and associates when they felt they had scored one against Corbyn is pitiful. Labour MPs cheering on a Tory Prime Minister in a direct attempt to publicly humiliate the Labour party leader will live on in infamy.
The strategic naivety of those behind the Labour’s coup speaks volumes for their unsuitability to have a seat at the top table of politics. If they really think it’s big and clever to expose their bloomers to a bemused British public, then they’d be better off in a circus.
To the MPs who allowed themselves to be rolled up by the pack of incompetents, please, learn your lesson and start exercising better judgement over who you permit to influence you. Don’t be swayed by purple people eaters, go and talk with your CLP, start thinking of Labour as a democratic party, of which you, as MPs, are a small but essential part. Most importantly, take the time now to view the popular political movement that Labour is becoming with fresh eyes and become positive contributors to it. That’s all the members ever wanted.