What now for the Labour Party?

I’m not a fan of Theresa May. I wasn’t a fan of David Cameron either. I’ve never been a fan of Tory policy, and I don’t think I ever will be. I’m far too much a fan of equality, and I find it astonishing for Theresa May to suggest that her party is one “for everyone, and not just the privileged few”.

Therefore, unfortunately because of our outdated voting system, it would make sense to be a fan of the Labour party, at least relative to the Tories.

And it’s true that I do prefer Labour policy to Tory policy, but the internal fighting within the party over the last couple of months really has been very unappealing, and has enabled May to get away with such a false slogan:

Firstly they appoint a leader through democratic means who wins by a landslide. Then immediately after Brexit, when the Tories are in a state of despair, rather than pounce on the opportunity to show unity and expose this, they too go into a state of despair by challenging the guy who won the leadership so overwhelmingly less than a year earlier. Whilst a tiresome and predictable campaign then prevails for a few months, the party ends up pretty much exactly where it was a few months earlier, and the Tories are laughing.

The stupidity of the Labour Party, particularly since Brexit, has frustrated me beyond belief. The truth is that the Labour Party has a major identity issue. There seem to be very different views within the party about what they actually stand for. I honestly believe that a concerning percentage of Labour MPs would probably rather see Theresa May than Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister. Because of this I really did believe the party would split, and that this wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

So I went to the Conference in Liverpool last week, expecting the party to explode and for another a few months of infuriating battle over who gets to keep the name, and I was strangely excited about it.

In reality though, it wasn’t as explosive as I expected. It seems those MPs who very publically criticized Corbyn are now going to apparently support him despite surely feeling a little embarrassed by their hypocrisy, or they are just saying that and in reality they’re going to carry on undermining their leader. Or perhaps, Corbyn is going to exasperate his core following by moving more to the centre. There were a lot of unhappy lefties at the conference after Clive Lewis announced that the party was not going to oppose trident, as clear as it is that Corbyn does.

Either way, despite wronging me that the party would split into two by now, I can’t imagine the road ahead for the Labour Party is smooth from here on out. They need to work out what they stand for, and collectively back it. Or at least challenge it pragmatically. I don’t want to see the Tories laughing for much longer.

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