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Step back in time with me.
It is 1st May 1997. The British Labour Party, led by Tony Blair, has swept to power winning 418 seats in Parliament. New Labour has arrived. (Labour had previously governed in the mid-to later 1970’s before being swept away by Margaret Thatcher.)
Four years later, in 2001, Labour won ANOTHER stonking majority of 413 seats.
By 2005, Labour had been in power for 8 years and in that year’s General Election its majority dropped to 355 seats, still enough for a majority Government but the sheen had worn off.
So when the 2010 General Election was held, with Gordon Brown as Labour leader, the party suffered defeat winning 258 seats.
On December 12th 2019 the Labour Party, led by the Marxist enthusiast Jeremy Corbyn, was entirely routed by the Conservative Party. It won a mere 203 seats, the lowest since 1935. Standing amidst the smoking ruins of the Labour Party, Corbyn insisted that he would NOT resign immediately and that he would remain as Leader until end March 2020.
Subsequent analysis shows that the majority of working class people voted Conservative. In essence, Labour has lost its very reason for existing. Were it not for the BAME vote, Labour would have performed even worse. It is estimated that 40-50% of the Labour vote in 2019 came from those people of BAME background. This over performance is contrasted with the total collapse in support of the white working class vote in the North of England and Midlands. It is arguable that without the Brexit Party standing, Labour would have lost even more seats.
How did it all go so badly wrong?
Labour explains the historic defeat as a consequence of the public not accepting its “nuanced” Brexit policy. It also grudgingly accepts that Corbyn himself was a negative factor. Interestingly, it seems to believe that it’s actual policies of free stuff and nationalisation and higher taxes for all but the poorest were popular!
In the light of this, it looks like the Party will elect a female leader, with the possibility of a female Deputy Leader. Rebecca Long Bailey is the Corbyn preferred candidate and she favours Angela Rayners as her Deputy. The logic seems to be that these two Northern women will somehow offer an attractiveness to the millions of voters who have deserted Labour.
I think this is badly misguided. For starters, they BOTH campaigned for the UK to remain the the EU even when their own voters wanted to leave the EU. They both sat on their hands as the stain of anti-Semitism spread across Labour. They both endorsed the lunatic spending plans of Jeremy Corbyn. In short, gender apart, there is NOTHING that separates them from Corbyn. And that is why Labour will keep losing.
It does not connect to the needs of the average British voter. It has been erased in Scotland, with just ONE MP. (By contrast, in 1997, it had 56 seats). It is demographically all but impossible for Labour to ever win back power. In the short term, this may be desirable but a Conservative Government that cannot be held to account is a bad thing.
The British people have rejected socialism. Labour insists that socialism is the way forward.
Labour has no future. An alternative must arise.