What will Corbyn’s supporters do if he doesn’t lead Labour?

Whatever happened to the People’s Assembly? This was the “grassroots” campaign founded by a host of what Alan Partridge would no doubt dismiss as “that lot”: Owen Jones, Mark Steel, Ken Loach. Oh, and Jeremy Corbyn, naturally.

You get the picture.

The assembly’s manifesto, published just before this year’s general election, stated: “There is no need for ANY cuts to public spending; no need to decimate public services, no need for unemployment or pay and pension cuts; no need for ‘Austerity’ and privatisation. There IS an alternative.”

Bear those rousing words in mind; we’ll come back to them.

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Labour cannot afford to look like a party of protest

Labour, we are told, is descending into vicious in-fighting. Leadership candidates are being physically held back by their staff to prevent them from throwing punches at each other. Witnesses claim Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper had a Dynasty-like catfight at a recent hustings, with Liz being dragged away, making a threatening motion with her finger across her throat. Meanwhile, Andy Burnham gave Jeremy Corbyn a dead leg for nicking his eyeliner.

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Time to grow up, boys and girls

A few months before the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, I came up with a ripping wheeze. I decided I would write an article for a prominent daily newspaper calling on Labour to set aside its differences with the SNP. In the event of our becoming the largest party after that May’s elections, I would suggest, Labour should form a coalition with the nationalists based on the broad policy agreement which I knew already existed between Scotland’s two most dominant parties.

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Opportunity to finally drag a reluctant party into the real world

It says all you need to know about the desperate plight of Scottish Labour that the modest proposals for reform presented yesterday by Jim Murphy were, even for a second, the subject of controversy. 

That there isn’t already a unanimous view that the absurd, outdated and undemocratic electoral college used (too often) for electing its leader should be consigned to history is a pretty damning indictment of a once invincible party.Continue reading