Sunday, 26 July 2015

Why neither Labour leaders[T. Hunt] nor serious Conservatives [Hannan] want Corbyn as Labour leader

I genuinely do not want Jeremy Corbyn to become the far left leader of the Labour Party. Some may disagree, and enthusiastically embrace the Tories for Corbyn campaign but what I want is a credible Labour oppostion. Corbyn is not such a man and he is taking the Labour Party the way of Syriza.
Any dismayed Labour supporter should read Tristram Hunt's article from yesterdays paper:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11761389/Labour-can-rise-again-but-it-must-resist-Jeremy-Corbyns-siren-calls.html
The best bit of it is at the end: "Labour was felt not to be on the side of aspirational voters. We were regarded as the party of high welfare, lax immigration and big spending," before he adds:
"But Corbyn’s siren calls need to be resisted on grounds of political principle as well as political pragmatism. Of course, parties win from the centre ground when they are trusted with the public finances and have credible leadership. Yet with this Government spending £36 billion a year on debt interest repayments there is a good, progressive case for balancing the books rather than indulging in more reckless spending."

The Conservative argument aginst Corbyn is likewise well expressed by Dan Hannan:
http://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2015/07/daniel-hannan-mep-a-corbyn-victory-would-be-bad-for-the-conservatives.html
the force of his argument is overwhelming.

1 comment:

  1. Taking Labour in the direction of Syriza... it is almost as if the Conservatives think that he will be an electoral threat in 5 years time. There are major differences including the one about the UK not being a Eurozone country without productivity or a tax collecting regime. I think that following a few months of joking that Tories were going to swell Labour's coffers by voting for Corbyn to put a nail in Labour's coffin, it has suddenly been realised that when Labour, tory rebels, the SNP and (ahem) LibDems join forces the government's slim majority may as well not exist at all. So far Harman's Labour party has been the gift that keeps giving... I don't think things will be so easy under Corbyn. I believe that the Conservatives are making a serious tactical error in once again raising the spectre of Greece. Osborne's comments in the last parliament that the UK was on the cusp of being like Greece were off kilter and is barely mentioned these days (along with that terrible "maxed out credit card" phrase). Neither had any basis in economic fact, but had a political/tactical impact... they were still being trotted out by people like Grant Shapps (who he?) right up until the general election. I don't like these comparisons because they don't credit the electorate with any economic sense. To start using Syriza as the bogeyman to kill off Corbyn's campaign has some merit only in as far as his popular support is snowballing in a similar way. He is (as is the case with all the candidates) unlikely to succeed David Cameron as PM so his "Syriza-like" influence if it exists is unlikely to become fully realised. So what is it that now really worries Tories about Corbyn? The message for the Tories surely is not to look outside the government for explanations as to why people are apparently signing up to vote him in, but to understand that it is happening as a reaction to Conservative policy and a perceived right-leaning nature of the other Labour candidates. My only serious concern on having a leftwing leader of Labour (and what is do wrong about that concept? ) is that i agree with David Cameron on just about one thing -- the many-headed hydra ISIS (so called) presents an existential threat to the UK... I wouldn't like to see inaction on this front as a result of internecine warfare in Labour. One thing is certain... having Corbyn as leader of the opposition will definitely keep the Tory whips busy ;) I always enjoy your Blog, Guy... I hope you don't mind me voicing my opinion here.

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