Wednesday 22 July 2015 7.25pm
Gavin Smith wrote:
I must say I rather like the sound of Jeremy Corbyn. Isn't that what real Labour is about?
Back in the early 80s, I lived in Islington and worked for the borough's social services dept: I had occasion to meet and discuss politics with Corbyn several times.
I was very favourably impressed by him, and supported him with my vote.
But those were other times, the borough was known as the Socialist Republic of Islington, and used to fly the red flag over Town Hall.
Maggie ruled the nation with a cold, uncaring iron fist, and had little time for even the concept of society. She loved Ronald Reagan more that she did the British working classes...
The SDLP were neither meat nor fish, so my only choices were not to note at all, or support donkey jacket wearing Michael Foot which I did wholeheartedly.
What I consider morally right, and what I consider realistic are two different things. Nš1 priority is keeping the Tories out of Government.
In the 21st Century only the party that can successfully make the middle ground its own stands a chance.
This means no red flags or pre-fall of the Berlin Wall rhetoric, no late night beer and sandwiches marathon meeting with the Unions, but instead a modern set of values fronted by a leader who knows how to best use the media to present him or herself as someone the public instinctively likes and trusts.
Blair managed to achieve this, though his leadership during Gulf War II resulted in him being defenestrated by his own party.
If labour wants to win the next Elections, it needs a likeable (for populism purposes) leader who can speak to and be heard by voters, with a well thought out set of policies that are easily distinguishable from those of the other main parties and that retain the core values of the Labour movement, and a united party behind his/her leadership.
Also, leadership contests must be decided on a one member, one vote basis.
No block votes.