This sort of stuff makes me seriously doubt whether the much desired party unity can ever happen - or even should ever happen. Starmer talks about unity because he is obliged to in order to satisfy a selectorate that still contains a sizeable contingent of cranks for whom Corbyn could do no wrong and yes, still want to "crush" moderate members . It's plain , to me at any rate, that at the top of Starmer's to do list must be, by whatever means, ridding the party of this toxically nasty faction.
It depends on whether people follow through on their threats to leave if/when Starmer wins. I suspect they wont, but all Starmer needs to do is vocally nominate Blair for a peerage and that should do it.Abernathy wrote: ↑Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:00 pmAt the risk of appearing melodramatic, I think it's clear that over the past five years, the Labour Party has been subjected to a takeover of sorts, by factions alien to the party's clause 1 foundations, who view the party as a vehicle for their"Marxist" ideas. John McDonnell has said as much.
It's at every level, from the NEC down to the regional offices and CLP executive committees.
A purge *will* have to happen, it seems to me.
No, you're quite right. Party membership is almost meaningless. The Tories have just won an 80 seat majority with a membership of about 190,000. It's just another straw clutched at by Cultists. See also : increasing the total number of votes cast for Labour. But if an extra 3,000 people vote Labour in a safe Labour seat, but we still lose seats that we must win in order to form a government and we end up 150 seats behind the Tories, total vote share means precisely fuck all. This is only one of the many things that piss me off about The Cult. And incidentally, wankers like the now departed bogus doctor.
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