Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
Why? You seem to be suggesting giving any bunch of nutters a go just for the sake of it.
Haven't the Lib Dems proved to you that, whatever their shortcomings, you are better off with a Labour government?
If the left don't like Ed Miliband then they get off their arses (unlike when Blair was elected leader) and work within the party to shape it in the way they want.
Trouble was, when they did that the voters didn't like it and we got Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
In fairness, Kinnock was installed by the right of the Labour party (even if he's significantly further to the left than Blair). He didn't lose in '87 and '92 for being too left-wing, but more because people just didn't see him as credible PM material. He was certainly a very capable speaker in his day though, when he wasn't falling into the sea in full view of the cameras.
I gave some thought to joining Labour and the LRC before I eventually opted for the Greens, but having seen the intense levels of cronyism and half-arsed 'opposition' to austerity of my own local Labour party, I couldn't bring myself to do it. Besides, having a vibrant party/parties to the left of Labour seems to me to be important if there's going to be any chance of dragging them away from the neoliberal consensus.