Comment

A new party may not be a threat to Corbyn—but his own membership could be

by: Emma Burnell on 17.01.19 | In: Comment
by: Emma Burnell on: 17.01.19 in: Comment

Open Labour Co-Chair has a piece on the Prospect website arguing that the threat to the Corbyn project of disappointing members is not well enough understood.

Corbyn’s strength has always been in his relationship with the Labour Party membership. The reason the 2016 “coup” attempt was always bound for failure was that he knew when asked the members would choose him over any other MP.

That campaign—even more than 2015—focused on Jeremy the man, making him indivisible from his political programme. This gave him the strength to put Labour on a path towards socialism it hadn’t been on in decades. And those like myself who worried about the electability of such a strategy were proved wrong. The 2017 manifesto offered policies that would transform our economy “for the many not the few” and added ten points to Labour’s performance as a result.

Read more on Prospect.

You may also like

Comment
Social Action and its Limits by James Gibson | 26.07.19 | In: Comment In this year’s local elections, I lost my seat on Leeds City Council to the Liberal Democrats. The seat covers a predominantly Remain area and was... Read More
Comment
The New Centrism: Labour’s struggle for authenticity in the age of populism by Sam Pallis | 24.06.19 | In: Comment A central preoccupation of the Corbyn project has been a rejection of centrism. However, on Brexit Labour maybe be succumbing to it, and in the process... Read More
Comment
Labour must change Brexit course before it’s too late by Emma Burnell | 28.05.19 | In: Comment There’s no spinning this – these elections were a disaster for Labour. We bled votes almost entirely to Parties who supported Remain and halved our... Read More
Comment
In place of hate by David Hamblin | 23.04.19 | In: Comment Politics is personal. Those who claim otherwise appear to have chilled their private prejudices to a sangfroid that approaches absolute zero. Accordingly the... Read More

Our Newsletter

© 2019 Open Labour