Ousting Corbyn will not ease the Remainers pain

Some of my left-of-centre friends are so gutted by the Referendum vote that they are lashing out at Corbyn and calling for his resignation or removal as leader. I would suggest they need to stop and think. Supporting a coup against Corbyn just so that at least some one will have paid for their pain, is NOT going to help ease that pain.

On the contrary they will be actively contributing to the dramatic shift to the right in UK politics. In a couple of months we could have a Tory Party run by Boris, a Labour Party run by a Blairite and UKIP on the rise as a credible electoral force and the left once again defeated and disenfranchised.

In this scenario the Labour Party will shift once again to the right, but this time to the far-right, as the focus groups and advertising Execs advise them to adopt racist, anti-immigration policies to bring back some of their working class core voters.

But it won’t work for the same reason it didn’t work in 2010 and 2015 because if large numbers of voters want right wing policies they will elect the Tories rather than a Labour Party desperately trying to mimic the Tories.

What we need to counteract this dramatic shift to the right is a left of centre Labour vision committed to ending austerity, nationalising the railways, investing in public housing, investing in green energy, rewriting trade union legislation and properly funding the NHS as a publicly owned service. A commitment to ending austerity and challenging inequality and the tax gap is the way to win back working class Labour voters, not reverting to the Tory-lite policies of the Blair era.

If Corbyn is ousted by the PLP the Labour Party will NOT ‘unite’ behind a new leader. There is no leader who can ‘unite’ the Labour Party. Kinnock and Blair did not ‘unite’ the Labour Party, they defeated, silenced and expelled the left. A new Blairite leader would do the same.

And in the process the Labour Party would be torn to pieces, the membership would be further excluded from policy making and decision making (because the election of Corbyn illustrates they can’t be trusted to vote in the interests of the professional politicians in the PLP), membership would crash and the rump of members would become merely servants of the professional, careerist, politicians and party bureaucrats.

This in turn may lead to the establishment of a new left-of-centre parliamentary party, especially if some trade union money detatched itself from the Labour Party. This would once again split the anti-tory vote and we would be doomed to decades of Tory rule.

OR a move by the PLP to oust Corbyn would be defeated by the membership and the PLP would detach itself from the Party forming an SDP mark 2. Again the result would be the same decades of Tory rule.

The first past the post British political system is truly and disastrously broken. The old binary, left/right, Tory/labour divide no longer, if it ever did, reflect any thing like the reality of the complexity of voters choices, but ousting Corbyn is not going to solve anything.

About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio http://www.agitpopradio.org.uk He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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10 Responses to Ousting Corbyn will not ease the Remainers pain

  1. Simon Davison says:

    Well said. It is depressing how the labour mps are focused on their petty power struggles when there is so much more important work to do.

  2. 77notout says:

    Good argument mate. I’ve just added my name to the petition that Momentum are organising: http://www.peoplesmomentum.com/?e=f492909ec07a28b791649721008bf00d&utm_source=momentum&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=labour_united3&n=6. We can’t sit back and let the establishment smother the democratic will of the people.

  3. AIIAN says:

    Paragraph 1: I suggest that your left-of-center friends are like the New York Times readers in the US – so sure that they are absolutely correct on all matters, and convinced that those that don’t agree with them are most surely pathetic human debris. The shock of finding themselves in the minority is so totally incomprehensible that they just shit themselves. And of course, reality surely can’t be real – some evil force has warped Space.
    Paragraph 2: Your prediction could be true. Why is that a bad thing?
    Paragraph 3: Why is concern about immigration considered racist? Don’t people have the right to oppose a permanent transformation of their country and their culture which, perhaps, they hold dear?
    Paragraph 4: makes sense
    Paragraph 5: good strategy
    Paragraph 6: I agree – also ousting Corbyn would be a crappy thing to do and would diminish my respect for the Labour Party.
    Paragraph 7: If you can’t respect your political party, then you would be betraying yourself if you supported them.
    Paragraph 8: Yes, splitting the vote – bad idea.
    Paragraph 9: Yes, as in paragraph 8, – a dilemma.
    Paragraph 10: If I were a member of the Labour Party I would stand with Corbyn. The political turn of events isn’t his fault. The political situation is too complex to justify a simple cause such as blaming it on one person. To abandon Corbyn would be a low-life, dishonorable, New York Times thing to do. (However, I would still be voting UKIP).

  4. AIIAN says:

    How did you know it was me? I mean, what makes you think it was me? It was AIIAN

  5. AIIAN says:

    No I’m better. What’s daft?

  6. Steve says:

    One definition of daft:
    “New York Times readers, in the US, who are sure they are absolutely correct in all matters, and are convinced that those that disagree with them are most surely pathetic human debris”.
    Secondary meaning, “The hapless nerks (thankfully, just left my local bagel/coffee shop), that were reading the local San Francisco & San Jose newspapers, that know exactly what UK Parliment, & citizens should be doing”.
    The latter, each having opposing views (to the point of a loud argument) regarding the upcoming presidential chaos……excuse me, election.

    • AIIAN says:

      Yes, the hapless and daft nerks serve as good examples of the meaning of “daft.” I assume that they are Californians since they were reading San Francisco & San Jose newspapers. As such they are of course experts on everything and politically correct “to a T.” (such as George Clooney, for example). They of course know what everyone should do – including the UK. It is best to ignore these types or just nod in agreement to everything they say and quickly leave them alone to bask in their self righteousness. If they were arguing about the US election then one most have been supporting Hillary and the other Bernie because I can’t imagine someone from California openly supporting Trump. To do so would be sooo politically incorrect.

      • Steve says:

        Worse than Californians, techies transplanted to Silicone Valley. Ignoring those types is difficult, as they are the overwhelming majority of the local population. Always PC, happy to tell all they are wrong about everything…….as they drive off in their Prius or Tesla. With their $7 per cup coffee in the cup holder. Comments from a working stiff, now to out to work on the 28 year old Range Rover.

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