But how much of the country is genuinely left wing? I despise Blair but he did have one thing absolutely right - which is that real left wing politics aren't supported by enough of the country to get elected. His way was to take a centre-left position and like him or loath him he did prove that this works in terms of getting elected to government, and he proved that 3 times in a row. 2 successive leaders and 2 previous ones (I'll leave John Smith out since he sadly never got the chance to fight an election) have between them lost 6 of the 9 general elections held over the past 36 years whilst Blair won the other 3, his approach is the only one in recent times which has worked for Labour.WillPS wrote:Indeed. I saw that on The Guardian and it led me straight to the signup page on Labour's flaky website. I'll be voting for Corbyn.
The Labour Party has to move to the left. Corbyn is the only candidate offering that.
Whatever political views you hold, surely everyone should be able to agree that the official opposition must be a party of potential government which must mean it's a not-too distant 2nd in terms of what the majority of the country want.
Unfortunately, a group of trade unionists in pursuit of their view of an ideal world which doesn't exist and will never happen just isn't that.
By all means vote for Corbyn, you'll just be confirming the return of another Conservative government in 2020. Slag Blair off all you want - and I'd normally be at the top of the queue for that - but he's right about this one.