September 5, 2016

THE MOST THIRD WAY PARTY ALWAYS WINS:

Why Jeremy Corbyn And His Supporters Are Deluded (John McTernan, September 5, 2016, Heat Street)

Over the weekend one of those rallies was held in Ramsgate in Kent - deep in Tory territory - the implication being that Corbyn and the 'new politics' can win even here. Now, as any seasoned observer knows, Ramsgate is in the parliamentary constituency of Thanet South and its recent voting history tells the story of middle Britain and its voters. The coastal town has only rarely elected a Labour MP - just three times in its history, and those were all when Tony Blair was Labour leader.

It was the mark of New Labour and its 'big tent' politics that it could win - and keep - the trust and support of middle ground voters. That hard-won trust was thrown away completely by Ed Miliband and in 2015, just five years after last having a Labour MP, the party ended up third in the seat behind the Tories and UKIP.

There could be no starker illustration of the fallacy at the heart of the Corbyn campaign. To his supporters, Tony Blair is a 'Red Tory' and, they allege, only won election by adopting 'Tory' or 'Tory-lite' policies. (Notwithstanding the fact that the Tories vigorously opposed the National Minimum Wage, devolution for Scotland, the abolition of the homophobic Section 28 and the Human Rights Act among other policies.)

For Corbynistas, Gordon Brown was obviously a 'Red Tory' too - he was, after all, central to the New Labour project. And even Ed Miliband is regularly denounced by Corbynites on social media. His sin? Not being left wing enough. That, in the end, is their fundamental political analysis - voters gave David Cameron the first Tory majority for a quarter of a century to send Labour the message that they weren't left wing enough.

Posted by at September 5, 2016 9:31 AM

  

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