I have been disgusted by the events taking place within the Labour Party over the last week and the on-going attempt by many within the Labour Party PLP to remove Jeremy Corbyn as the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party.
I am no fan of the Labour Party in any shape or form. A party founded out of the trade union movement to represent the interests of the working class in the United Kingdom, and as a response to the need for those working class people to have political representation, are now a pale shadow of its original ideal. In reality it has become a sad version of the Conservative Party with a long history of failure and a recent history of disaster with a foreign policy that would have made Genghis Khan blush supported by the very people sticking the knives in.
Now Jeremy Corbyn was elected by 59.5% (251,417) of membership votes. His closest rival was Andy Burnham with 19% (80,462) votes. It has been very clear since his election that most if not all of the press are against him, and it has become clear that most of the Labour MPs in Westminster have decided to stick the knife in. Some say this is due to him being a poor performer in parliament, that he never delivered the remain vote in the EU Referendum (63%), that he is unelectable despite Labour being on 32% in the current polls compared to the Conservatives on 36%. This would indicate, given how crap Labour are, that he is not doing too badly.
Many suspect that the impending release of the Chilcot Report is the reason for the sudden attack on his leadership as everyone expects Labour to be hammered in the report, rightly, and Jeremy Corbyn will probably stand up and not only apologize but slate those that made the decisions to go into that horrid disastrous war.
Given the parties recent history, given how crap most of their MPs and MSPs are, given they appear more interested in claiming expenses, representing themselves, and ignoring the wishes of the party membership do we actually need them!
I would argue that we do in fact need a strong Labour Party in England and Westminster as a balance against the Tories. Too many people across the whole of the UK have little to look forward to. No chance of a home, a secure job with decent conditions, and decent public services. Neoliberal economics, as I argued on my last post on the EU, has been a failure for the United Kingdom, the EU and the world and has in reality brought about a potential 15 to 20 years of a Project Few from Conservative Governments.
The SNP can’t and won’t win a General Election and gain a majority in Westminster, and as long as we are stuck in this awful right wing United Kingdom we need a Labour Party, a real Labour Party to represent working people and those who can’t defend themselves and an alternative to the increasingly right wing hate filled Tories.
Now I disagree with many of the policies of Jeremy Corbyn but we do need him to hold on to the leadership of the Labour Party. Labour MP’s like Margaret Hodge, Angela Eagle, Hilary Benn, Harriet Harman, and Kezia Dugdale in Scotland are a joke. Most of them would not look out of place in the Conservative Party; some would even fit into UKip so we need Jeremy Corbyn to stand firm and let the members decide, if they decide they want a Tory to lead their party then that is up to them but it won’t do the country any good.
We need a new narrative, we cannot keep going along where the majority are just not represented and as our lively hoods, our rights, and our well being is slowly written off by the Tories. I would argue that like him or loath him, like or loath the Labour Party, we do need the both of them to survive.