The LP is finished as an alternative to the Tories. Even the LP as ‘the lesser of 2 evils’ is debatable because at least the Tories are authentically the Tories and actually believe in their destructive, divisive, exploitative philosophy. New Labour’s centrist liberalism is Toryism without the guts to see it through. New Labourism is simply the “compassionate Toryism” of the LIbDems, which is of course a contradiction in terms.
For any genuine socialists to remain in the LP after the behaviour of the PLP and party bureaucracy as exposed by the leaked report, behaviour which is currently being endorsed and perpetuated under Starmer’s leadership, is to participate in the destruction of a socialist alternative to the Tories. Staying in the LP is not ‘fighting on for socialism’, it is guaranteeing the defeat of socialism.
Surely anyone can see that after the last 5 years fighting for a ‘socialist Labour Party’ is a lost cause? A leader elected twice with overwhelming majorities and the enthusiastic support of 400,000 new members could not defeat the right of the party and their allies in the mainstream, corporate media.
A Corbyn-led social democratic government from within New Labour was always a long-shot and it failed. End of.
For socialists to remain in the LP now is to be condemned to once again being marginalised and silenced for a generation.
The energy and yes, the momentum, of the Corbyn phenomenon can not be realised from within the LP. Indeed, we now know it never could. It is time for left social democrats and socialists to leave the LP and put their energy into building a new movement.