Do YOU want the likes of Luke Akehurst running the Labour Party?

Do YOU want the likes of Luke Akehurst running the Labour Party?

Steve Walker is absolutely right in his claim that Labour’s hard-right members are delusional to think offering more of the usual blandness will inspire the electorate.

But he’s also right (in his article – click the link at the bottom to read it) to say that the loonies of Labour First will have their way – easily – if nobody turns up to stop them.

If you support Labour and care about the future of the UK, then you need to join the party (if you haven’t already), turn up to meetings and take part.

I am taking a motion to my own Constituency Labour Party meeting on Saturday. It calls for controversial rule changes to be annulled because voting rules were broken when they were passed at September’s Labour conference.

I am also taking as many members of my branch to that meeting as possible, because I know my motion will be opposed. Whoever has the greater number of supporters will win. That’s how democracy works.

Democracy doesn’t work when people don’t turn up to have their say and pass their vote. That’s how the likes of Labour First get to win.

Don’t let them.

Luke Akehurst, national secretary of ‘Labour First’, the hard-right entryists desperate to drag the party back to Blairism, today published an article on the LabourList website titled “As centrists we must find the people and policies to inspire – and reject the politics of electoral suicide“.

It shows Akehurst’s tenuous (at best) relationship with facts, puts beyond doubt the delusional quality permeating the thinking of the quasi-Tory wing of the Labour party – and maps out clearly the steps that those who support Jeremy Corbyn and the new vision and politics he exemplifies need to take.

He aspires to something that can never happen. The idea that what he would term ‘centrist’ and the rest of us would call mediocre and ‘Tory-lite’ policies can ‘inspire’ anyone after years of ‘they’re all the same’ politics is self-evident foolishness.

The idea that things like ‘message discipline’ or mere organisational competence (if they can still even lay claim to that after the multiple failures this summer) with no substance will inspire a mass of new joiners is simply ludicrous.

But that’s all they’ve got.

Akehurst and those like him think that ‘electability’ means reflecting back at people the way they already think and feel.

But even if he’s correct (and I don’t think he is), when things are as dire as they are – when racism, xenophobia, despair, insecurity, small-mindedness and self-centredness are all a lot of people know, because that’s what is rammed down their throats by a corrupt Establishment and the media that propagate their message – you don’t want ‘more of the same’ reflected back at you.

You want – you’re desperate for, you crave – change. ‘More of the same’, or a ‘lite’ version of it – does not, cannot inspire. People need change – and hope of change. That things can be different, better – for them and especially for their children.

Source: Labour hard-right ‘comeback-blueprint’ shows their delusion – and the Left’s way forward | The SKWAWKBOX Blog


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