Dan Jarvis: Unthinking obedience might work in the Forces, but not in politics! [Image: Waldegrave/REX_Shutterstock.]

Dan Jarvis: Unthinking obedience might work in the Forces, but not in politics! [Image: Waldegrave/REX_Shutterstock.]

So that’s the philosophy of Dan Jarvis, is it? “Don’t think. Don’t question. Do as you’re told”?

No thank you.

This Writer will stick with Jeremy Corbyn.

At least, with him, I’ll have a say in my own political life.

I have been sent a copy of the speech Dan Jarvis gave this morning at Demos.

I stress, my interest is technical: I am interested to see what he is suggesting.

Three phrases stood out amidst a soup of sentiment:

“So let’s take out the politics.”

And: “Keir Hardie said that the British are a practical people, not given to chasing bubbles.”

And: “People I meet, the people I am talking about, don’t attend economic seminars.”

As someone who teaches political economy I think these phrases are pretty powerful. In combination they say three things:

First, don’t think. Or, to put it another way, accept the political status quo.

Second, politics is as a consequence a response process.

And third, it says don’t whatever you do have a strategy that you might share with those you are asking to follow: just expect them to do so.

These don’t sound like the basis for a sound political strategy in a democracy. Nor do they suggest that Mr Jarvis has a plan. They just say that he’s willing to stand before the troops thinking he’s the man to follow and because he’s got the right pips on his shoulder.

The trouble is he never got enough pips to get to HQ by the look of it.

Source: Tax Research UK » Dab Jarvis: analysis of a speech

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