Thursday, 8 October 2015

Question: Why did Jeremy Corbyn avoid addressing Labour's disastrous defeat in the past election? Answer: Because electing him as party leader was political suicide for the Labour party.

Question: Why did Jeremy Corbyn avoid addressing Labour's disastrous defeat in the past election? Answer: Because electing him as party leader was political suicide for the Labour party.


Jeremy Corbyn made his first official speech as leader of the Labour Party at the party conference held in Brighton last Tuesday afternoon.  Corbyn's speech was long and rambling with parts of it copied from a speech originally written in the 1980s. Corbyn spoke on how he was going to tackle issues such as global warming, his position on trident, and the Syrian crisis and how he wanted his politics to be that of “ordinary” people. Corbyn reaffirmed that he was focusing on issues that he has been campaigning from the beginning of his career; despite how the country and world has changed in the last 30 years.


However one subject which he failed to touch on was Labour's appalling defeat in May. Surely a new party leader should be critical and analytic of the past party leaders failure. How can Labour expect to win the election if they do not learn from their past mistakes?


Perhaps the reason why Corbyn choose to ignore this issue is because Tony Blair and other colleagues of David Miliband argued that Miliband was too left wing and that was the reason why he lost the election in May. Miliband believed that Labour could win the election with its openly socialist politics, despite the fact this hadn’t occurred since the 1970’s. He believed that due to the financial crisis the electorate had lost faith in center-right politics.


Labour's defeat against the conservatives in 2010 and 2015 has strongly suggested otherwise. Since the conservatives have got back into power there has been a steady decrease of our deficit and unemployment as well as a steady growth in our economy (which is now the world’s fastest growing major economy); this may have reinstalled the public’s faith in centre-right politics and is why the conservatives were victorious.


Observing this, it seems absurd that Cobryn (being even more to the left) has managed to become the new party leader at all? Were the electorate’s heads not screwed on that day? Electing him as party leader seems like political suicide for the labour party. Seeing as Labour were defeated due to being too socialist in the past election, there does not seem be this large mandate which Corbyn believes he has to bring back left-wing politics (in fact according to YOUGOV only 12% of the general public consider themselves to be fairly or very left-wing).

Thus Corbyn strategically avoided addressing the party’s defeat in the past election to not alarm the party that with him as party leader they will not see victory again for a long… long… time. If Corbyn believes that he has received a strong mandate for socialism, then his proposition for a minister for mental health may be just what we need - for him and whoever voted for him because they are deluded.
Adam Henry Magee
@adamhenrymagee
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4 comments:

  1. Your final comment about mental health lets you down big time .I would pay less attention to what might have the start of reasonableness about it.

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  2. Your final comment on mental health lets you down big time. At second attempt I am speechless. Yes I am of the thousands of folk who have had mental issues. Call me John.

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    1. I also have mental health issues. However I understand a joke when I see one.

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  3. PC hitches. Still concerned how Adam Henry finished his piece with a comment on the issues faced by people, thousands of them, with mental health concerns(sent by John)

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