Jeremy Corbyn rejected suggestions that he should stand down [Image: Sky News].

The barrage of anti-Corbyn bull that spread across the TV, radio and print media in the wake of the Copeland by-election defeat was a wonder to behold – not least because of its inaccuracy.

This Writer was glad that other projects took me away from such nonsense for most of the day. I came back to find the most credible comments in an article by Liam Young for the Independent. Read, if you are willing to face the facts:

For too long, Corbyn and his team have failed to take necessary risks. In appearing reticent or ambiguous on the issue of immigration, he has allowed himself to be portrayed in the press as someone who has no idea what he’s doing.

And in failing to either court the media or to attempt to prove right-wing tabloids wrong, he has left even his most ardent supporters disappointed.

A bold strategy that seeks greater communication with the electorate at the sacrifice of Westminster engagements should be central.

But Corbyn’s strategy is something that can be easily amended.  What cannot be easily changed overnight is the historical trend of dwindling Labour support.

The decline in Labour support in these areas did not start when Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader; it started when a New Labour project took hold of our party and decided to ignore working class communities across the country.

It would also be wrong to deny the impact of a concerted effort by members of the Parliamentary Labour Party to undermine Jeremy Corbyn since the day he was elected.

It is Corbyn’s job as leader of our party to reverse this trend and he must now rip up the rulebook and attempt a radical way of doing politics in these most unusual of times… The only way Labour will win again is if it is serious about the problems that actually exist.

Source: The hardest lesson Labour must learn is that this Copeland loss wasn’t all Corbyn’s fault – and can’t be solved by him leaving

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