Why the left should bin off lame duck Miliband…
There is one really important thing to remember from this weekend. It doesn’t matter what happens – Ed Miliband is a broken read and his leadership of Labour will end, sooner rather than later. So, what does the left do? Ever the champion of the already lost cause it, of course, rallies to Miliband not for any good reason. It’s not as if Miliband isn’t about to totally betray the core values of this Party and launch a swinging attack on socities most vulnerable.
The unions are also starting to turn against the leadership as David Prentis showed in The Independent. So, its not as if there is much worth protecting politically. What is the real reason then? It’s simple. Fear. Fear of what may follow, fear that the left will be even further marginalised. This is not a good enough reason. For one it shows the left is incapable of acting or thinking anything other than in its own self interest. It doesn’t matter that removing Miliband is in the best interests of Labour and its long-term success and the best interests of the country, which is crying out for a strong, decisive opposition. This is one of the core problems of the left, and why it is so desperately unpopular, you cannot exercise broad hegemony, uniting diverse interests in a common cause when you only think of your own.
Secondly, fear is not a good guide to anything,except in certain narrowly defined parameters fear weakens us and capitulation to it a gurantoor of continued weakness. This is clearly the case here because of the point mentioned above, the left if it clings to Miliband will be marginalised while the Blairites act as the hegemonic force in the Party, uniting behind their cause frustrations on the left and right. Thus the prediction that Miliband will be replaced by a hard-right leader becomes a self-fufilling prophecy, guaranteed by the left’s cowardice.
If the left wants to lead, it needs to think beyond its own narrowly defined interests and act with courage, not a childish fear of the dark and unknown. It should cease the chance to show it can change and be a force for positive change and bin off this lame duck leader.