The Left finds a voice

An extraordinary turn of events seems to be happening in the Labour leadership contest.   The line-up appeared to be settling down with 4 names (though now just reduced to 3), but nobody from a recognisably Left position.   Late in the day however – since nominations close at midday tomorrow (Monday) – Jeremy Corbyn entered the ring, but was given little chance of reaching the threshold number of nominations, 35, required to enter the hustings and have his name on the ballot paper.   Nevertheless in the last few days the position is rapidly changing, and with assured nominations in the high twenties there is now a very good chance that Jeremy will get the number needed just in time. 

Very significantly the Daily Mirror has carried out its own Labour Leadership poll among the public with some very striking results.   It found that Jeremy was backed by 54% of the public while Andy Burnham had 17% support (though 60 MP nominations), Liz Kendall had 14% (but 37 nominations), Yvette Cooper Had 11% (but 43 nominations), and Mary Creagh had 4% but has since withdrawn.   It is a reasonable interpretation of these figures that a majority of the public now want a figure who will take the fight to the Tories over austerity and champion other radical causes which have been either neglected or too timidly pursued.

Jeremy Corbyn has made his name in the House as a strongly anti-war candidate, by his opposition to Trident renewal, and his championing of civil liberties and social justice in all its forms.   He has integrity and conviction, a strong campaigning style, and a doughty defender of the oppressed in every guise.

The central issue in this Leadership contest should be the rejection of austerity.   It has been used by Osborne to shrink the State, squeeze the public sector, and to marginalise the public realm back to its dimensions in the 1930s.   As a policy ostensibly to reduce the budget deficit, it has been a comprehensive failure: the deficit is still a monstrous £92bn and growth, after a very short-lived surge in 2013-4 has now deflated like a punctured balloon.   Labour needs a Leader who will discard austerity as the Tory ideology it is, and will promulgate the alternative expansion of the economy through public investment not only to end the pauperising of large sections of the population, but also to pay down the deficit far more quickly.   The new Leader should also destroy the Tory lie that the 2008-9 financial crisis was caused by Labour over-spending when the record shows that Blair-Brown never ran a deficit higher than 3.3% of GDP whereas Thatcher-Major did for 10 out of their 18 years.   At last we may have a Left voice to tell the truth.

5 thoughts on “The Left finds a voice

  1. It’s about time too! I’ve heard him speak and like what he has to say, so very much hope that he gets the required 35 nominations.

    People have said they will leave the Labour party in disgust if he doesn’t. It’d be a disgrace if the left won’t have a voice. Some have joined specifically to try and pull the party towards the left, where it belongs.

    We already have a Tory party and don’t need another one!

  2. Hum firstly that rag paper run by tory light the mirror could you trust their figures after once again its showed itself up by benefits bashing just like the mail ops now its great allowing a lefty to run but hold on you still have to many blair babies left in your group hum it sounds has if labours returning with whot you envisage but boy those blair babies will shoot you down inflames its humdig once again this party trying but half hardidly it seems whot whot lets put a lefty to run hopping the electorate will go for it im sorry but jntill those very greedie people you now who are shown the door then we has poor ninty nine percent who aint rich will suffer more abuse at the hands of the tories jeff3

  3. http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/list-mps-endorsements-labour-leadership-candidates

    List of MPs’ endorsements of the Labour leadership candidates:

    Andy Burnham (66)

    Including Debbie Abrahams, (I’ve always had my doubts about her,) MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Rachel Reeves MP for Leeds West and too many others other of like mind.

    Jeremy Corbyn (18)

    Michael Meacher MP for Oldham West and Royton.

    Liz Kendall (40)

    Simon Danczuk MP for Rochdale

  4. Good news – JC has now obtained the required number of nominations!
    This should really enliven the leadership contest!

  5. Wanda Lozinska-

    That is good news, (even that he’s mustered the required number of votes,) so just for once I’ll refrain from indulging in my habitual cynicism and wish him every possible success.

    Well done that man.

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