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.