The Labour leadership contest is a classic example of how it should not be fought

Sadly, but predictably, the Labour Leadership struggle has been so much mired in bluster and hysteria that its true potential significance has been largely obscured.   A contest of this kind should start, not with who it is claimed has the style and presentation to be the most plausible leader, but with what it is argued is currently wrong with the country, what policies are necessary to put those things right, what mechanisms are proposed to achieve that, and how should they be funded and delivered.

Arguably the most pressing problems for Britain at the present time can be summarised as follows.   What were the causes of the financial crash and the consequent prolonged downturn, and what lessons need to be learnt to prevent a recurrence?   Does the manifest lack of adequate reform of the financial sector make it likely there could be another catastrophic slump again soon?    Is austerity the right policy to cut the deficit?

How can living standards rise again sustainably against a background of flat productivity and falling fixed investment which has still not recovered its pre-crash levels, let alone with having to cope with accelerating household debt and widening trade deficits with the rest of the world?   How can the extreme imbalance between finance in the South-East and manufacturing in the rest of the country be reversed so that Osborne’s ‘march of the makers’ which never materialised can become a real possibility?   How can the extreme and still growing inequality between the top 1% and the squeezed middle and the mercilessly battered bottom 20% be mitigated?   And where should the boundaries between the public and private sectors now be drawn, and what should be their relationship, in order to solve all these problems?

Jeremy Corbyn is the only candidate in the contest who has steadfastly kept to policy-making and foregone all personal abuse, for which he will be rewarded.   But even he now needs to widen the argument to the real fundamentals to transmit his message that this is not just about advocating key individual policies which New Labour suppressed for decades, but rather about installing a fundamentally different ideology that rejects the Tory principles of de-deregulated finance, free-wheeling market capitalism, privatisation of public services, shrinking the State back to the dimensions of the 1930s, and squashing the trade unions as the foundation for Labolur, and instead replacing Tory values by a total commitment to social justice, egalitarianism, the ethos of public service, and full democratic accountability.

12 thoughts on “The Labour leadership contest is a classic example of how it should not be fought

  1. Poor Mr Corbyn. It was entirely predictable that he would be bullied by the over represented Jewish lobby. I feel for the man, I really do.

    But it has to be said that the causes of the crash were known before the 2008 crash, as the causes for the next are now known very well (likely next month).

    Auserity is a dishonest tool used by dishonest men and women to aid the Banksters in clearing out their toxic toilet paper. The Greek “bailout” demonstrates this very well. Regulation? What regulation?

    I must say that Mr Corbyn would be helped right now by allies speaking loudly about how very necessary is the Corbyn new broom. He is dealing with a great deal of unwarranted abuse while trying to tell the nation his ideas. I have a sneaky feeling that Mr Corbyns run to achieve the pole position in the leadership race has created great panic amongst the globalist idealogues. Next month begins a singularly important convergence of events. Not least the official announcment of the 2030 agenda as the despicable UN’s replacement for the Agenda 21 abomination. The Pontiff of the cult of Rome himself is likely to be on hand to support this filthy agenda. Can you imagine the handwringing going on at the thought of an honest and moral man threatening their applecart?

    I confess that in these times I do fear for the man. But too my very best wishes go out to him.

  2. I think that, with the various proposals Jeremy Corbyn has issued, he has already gone some way towards doing what Mr Meacher suggests in his final paragraph. It’s probably not necessary or perhaps not even appropriate for him to go into very much more detail at this stage. People might be scared off from voting for him if they think his ideas are too radical and they don’t understand them. Once he’s safely elected then new ideas could be introduced more gently, without the haste and turmoil of an election campaign.

    What would help him at the moment is for people to back him up on what he has already said, especially on the economy. People are rubbishing his ideas without understanding how they could work and probably without even reading his proposals in any great detail.

    There is a good article by Robert Skidelsky entitled Taking Corbynomics Seriously. More of these are needed, by independent economists and they also need to be more widely publicised.

  3. Harry –
    Have you joined the Facebook campaign to support JC?
    His official site is “Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader” but there are other support groups where we exchange information and try to counteract misinformation. There’s also a site where nasty articles can be posted for people to then contact the offending publication and put things right. It’s called “Media v Corbyn”. I run “The Real Voice of the People” which is currently involved in supporting him; you’re welcomed to join!

  4. Better tell cams and co they now the damage this man can do to them how aboutholding them to aaccount for the crimes against their own peoples ops but the torys will do their uttermost to bring him down jeff3

  5. Oh dear me Wanda, I am afraid Facebook is out. I regard such social media sites as data mining operations. That said, I am posting positive comments around the www. Surprisingly, or not, Mr Corbyn is being discussed on American sites like Veterans Today:

    Even the famous Gilad Atzmon comments re: Mr Corbyns travailles, re the Jewish Congress.

    I believe that in a fair fight Jeremy Corbyn is home free. But what is fair in a world where Anthony Lynton Blair is given the job of negotiator between Palestine and its occupation forces?

    I was reading yesterday how Yvette Cooper advocates full sex education for 7 year olds. I for one have had quite enough of these people. She does not mention the teaching of “real” history in our school system. How for example the Glorious Revolution was anything but. But sex education for 7 year olds? Well it speaks volumes of what these neoliberals are really all about.

  6. Harry –
    I agree that, as you say “that in a fair fight Jeremy Corbyn is home free.”

    Unfortunately, even Jeffery couldn’t have imagined that Corbyn’s enemies weren’t so much the Tories as the Labour Party itself. It has now emerged that very many people who have ALREADY placed their votes £3 supporters. Aaargh!!

  7. Oops, something went wrong there! Here goes again:

    Harry –
    I agree that, as you say “in a fair fight Jeremy Corbyn is home free.”

    Unfortunately, even Jeffery couldn’t have imagined that Corbyn’s enemies weren’t so much the Tories as the Labour Party itself. It has now emerged that very many people who have ALREADY placed their votes have been rejected, not just £3 supporters. Aaargh!!

  8. No wanda l I did warn you the blair babies wont go quietly thats the point they will annihilate the party than allow jc through they now they afraid that the time of greedie mps is going to finish has of jc yet to get him in will allow the party to break but then we the ninty nine percent who aint rich dont want the blair babies jeff3

  9. Harry couldnt agree more on those sex education for seven yr olds isnt it about time we let our children be children starting them on this road for whot neigh leave them be children

  10. The desperation shows when they wheel out Jack Straw, who only 6 months ago was exposed in a cash for access scandal, yet he is paraded in front of us as someone we are supposed to listen to, and apparently respect! This illustrates how the Blairites still think that the Labour constituency is expected to listen & obey, and not question or participate. Big mistake. But then so were the interventions from Blair, Mandy, Brown and Campbell – the same cabal that have done as much as, possibly more than, Thatcher to destroy the post-war consensus and the organisation and political representation of working people. Even Ed Miliband continued the dismantling of the Trade Union / Labour links. Time for a very bug change.

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