Labour’s divided left….
A fundamental divide exists on Labour’s left between the majority which support Ed Miliband’s leadership and a tiny minority which don’t – those which have abandoned all hope of substantive real and worthwhile advance under this leadership. Typical of the somewhat rose-tinted nature of the former’s view of the world is this post by Jon Lansman on Left Futures. Speaking on the proposal that Shadow Cabinet elections be ended he argues;
Ed must put his stamp on the party. That for which he was elected. Let them demonstrate that their abilities and their commitment to the path the party chooses merit their position. And when party democracy has been restored, when the party has chosen its programme, when the party has chosen its parliamentary representatives in a democratic fashion without the corruption and nepotism of the New Labour years, than we shall argue for the reintroduction of elections by the parliamentary party not only to the shadow cabinet, but also to the cabinet.
Now, how a brutal centralisation of power in the hands of executive can magically lead to flowering of inner-party democracy is a bit beyond me but maybe i’m missing something hey? However, this very fuzzy thinking is typical of the leftist defenders of the leadership who conveniently ignore the fact that Ed isn’t really the closet social democrat just itching to do good that he presented himself as being during the leadership race. I happily admit to being wrong in thinking he could have been; but even I didn’t him expect to behave just quite as much like a factional leader as he has nor fall so quickly under the thrall of Blue Labour.
A day of awakening, when the majority is forced by events to confront the error of its world view will inevitably come, but in the meantime, it’s fuzzy thinking is damaging the strategic advance of Labour’s left by robbing it of it’s critical faculties and weakening it in every way.