In this post, from 2007, I forecast that New Labour were in danger of begetting the current catastrophe. The article also predicted that the Lib-Dems would probably not go into coalition with Labour (and why), and readers may want to note the identity of the nightmare ‘back seat driver‘ that a mandated parliamentary party would be forced to take direction from….
If I could make a pitch to the whole of the centre-left on what I believe its future direction should be, this would be it.
I published this on Medium earlier today.
Very grim times for The Labour Party. Is this the endgame?
I’m re-posting a portion of an older, longer post here because it is important that we all understand how any attempt to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party will play out.
It isn’t very comfortable reading, I’m afraid. Sorry.
The fact that we are using a referendum to decide this in the first place tells you all you need to know about how important ‘democracy’ is to the people who are asking us to decide the UK’s future in Europe.
I’ve written a piece for Left Foot Forward saying more-or-less this in more detail. You can read it here
I’ve written a four-part short essay with a personal view on why Labour got itself into its current difficulties, how it could have avoided it, and why this is a big issue either way (because this is very bad time to be complacent about democracy). They essay finishes with a look at what the opportunity is for Labour along with a contrast between the success of Bernie Sanders and the backward-steps of Corbynism
Comments welcome, as always.
I posted this over on Slugger O’Toole earlier.
Here’s a pull-quote:
When some of us, back in August, said “putting Corbyn in charge of the Labour Party is like filling an ‘unleaded’ car with diesel”, this is what we meant. It actually won’t work. We weren’t trying to talk those voters out of something sensible. We were saying “this is bound to end in tears.”
I posted this over on Medium earlier.
Here’s the pull-quote:
Managerialism is to production what politics is to democracy. It’s the imposition of unwanted, corrupt and incompetent intermediaries on a system that should be efficient and caring.