Originally posted by Ashiitaka
The Tories obliterated Labour in Copeland, which has been red for 80 years. This is the first time a governing party has won a by election for 35 years.
It shows what a tragedy Jeremy Corbyn's leadership is for the party, and if this is anything to go by, labour is facing what happened to the Tories in 1997. Electoral annihilation.
Typical misrepresentation. This was not a safe seat.
Labour's problems are real enough, but given that Corbyn is undermined publicly by some 172 of the PLP and Blair is back in town with his £9m political fund, it is cheap to argue that Corbyn is the force making the party ineffective.
New Labour is not a solution and not an opposition. Corbyn is the only politican enabling Labour to begin to oppose the neoliberal consensus that embraces right wing Labour as much as the Tories. He has to work with the limited pool of talent in a PLP that was handpicked by the party machine and has the charisma of a dumper truck. Even the candidate imposed on the Stoke party by the machine to replace his mate Tristram was an embarrasment. Still, he did speak up for unity and for Corbyn so I may misjudge him.
When you can pick out a different candiate to lead the party who is actually committed to resist privatisation, austerity and deregulation then maybe we can have a new leadership contest - meanwhile Corbyn is unbeatable within the party and the PLP is an embarrassment that must be addressed.
Same process is happening in the US with the Democrats deciding how to move on from Clinton's disgraceful performance and put an end to the technique of triangulation by which supposedly left wing governemnt offers right wing policies. Before defeating the right, it is necessary to restore some effective leadership on the left. That is going to be bloody.
Your insincere whimpering about the need for better opposition is politically nonsensical. Politics is tougher than that.