Article: Jonathan Rimmer
The message from the right of the party is, as ever, that Labour are never going to win back middle class voters under Corbyn and so won’t have the numbers to win an election. The irony of that is that the working classes that they have historically represented are disappearing under their feet. The process began in Scotland long ago, but in England the only real alternative is worryingly UKIP. Instead of fighting the right’s anti-immigration message, expect ‘New’ Labour to continue patronising working class people rather than fighting the real enemy
The left need to get behind Corbyn because the alternative won’t help the party ‘win back voters’ and ‘gain electability’; they’ll just offer empty platitudes and chase wealthy voters. The argument is that if Corbyn stays, ‘Labour’ as a political party won’t survive, but a return to ‘New’ Labour is scarier. If he goes then people need to be ready to join trade unions, campaign for proportional representation, support local food banks and fight for our NHS because God knows the country need the left now more than ever.
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