What a lot of codswallop.
Jeremy Corbyn’s policies are very, very far from being “hard left”, as this relic of Labour’s truly-divisive venture into neoliberalism wants to suggest.
In fact, by doing so, Mandelson is showing where his own sympathies lie: with the Conservative Government.
He is a symbol of the privilege that should never have been allowed to seep into Labour’s psyche – and that caused the party to haemorrhage votes between 1997 and 2015.
His claim that “Corbyn’s key instrument of power is unique in the party’s history – a whole new membership and set of registered supporters who are massively outnumbering longstanding members in very many constituencies” deliberately misses the point – that these are people coming back to Labour after a long period of disillusionment with the pale-Blue policies pushed by Mandelson and his cosy club of friends.
Shame on The Guardian for publishing this tripe.
Lord Mandelson writes in an article for the Guardian: “We have a leader who is revealing himself to be an intentionally divisive figure, abetted by organisations outside the party’s democratic structures and intent on splitting the party between the hard left and its centre ground.
“For Corbyn, pursuing his own far-left agenda and risking Labour civil war is a higher priority than taking on the Tories.”
He adds: “Whether or not the much-vaunted ‘revenge’ reshuffle happens – and I hope for the sake of the party Corbyn drops his plans – allowing two weeks of speculation when he could easily have killed it was clearly designed to remind his colleagues of their vulnerability.”
He asserts: “Through him, the hard left is beginning to exert a more suffocating grip on our party.”
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