Blairite up for a fight

Labour left-wingers are angry. They’re angry at the Tories, they’re angry at the bankers, they’re angry at the press.

But most of all, they’re angry at us Blairites.

Supporters of the Bennite candidate for my party’s leadership, Jeremy Corbyn, chanted “Blairites Out!” at a campaign rally at the weekend. And postal workers’ union boss Dave Ward described us as “a virus”.

Our crime? Wanting Labour to get back into government.

On the extreme left, this is in itself a sign of being a careerist, a sell-out. What’s the point of being in government if you have to compromise your principles, Mr Ward asked during a radio interview last week.

Because Dave Ward doesn’t need a Labour government. As boss of the CWU he earns more than £100,000 a year. So he doesn’t need the minimum wage or tax credits or SureStart or any of the other achievements of the Labour government he so despises. But plenty of his members do.

For Ward and for thousands of Corbyn supporters, heroic defeat is always preferable to compromise in victory. Better to have no loaf at all than half a loaf.

It’s a selfish, self-indulgent approach that makes the Labour Party look more like a student union debating society than a government in waiting.

I’ve got some news for Mr Ward and his angry Marxist comrades: the Blairites are going nowhere. We fought to save the Labour Party from itself once before and we’ll do it all over again if we have to.

And if Corbyn wins on September 12, we’ll certainly have to.


This article was originally published in The Sun on 3 August 2015

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