Confusion and disarray

In light of Corbyn’s success the left needs to seriously examine why it gets the Labour Party so wrong, says Jack Conrad

Once Jeremy Corbyn got past the gatekeepers in the Parliamentary Labour Party and secured 35 nominations, his present front-ranking position was eminently predictable.1 Thanks to the 2014 Collins report, the leadership contest is ‘One member, one vote’. There was, additionally, the introduction of the £3 registered supporter and individual votes for all affiliates. Mimicking US primaries - in order to keep the right permanently in the saddle - power was to be handed to the opinion-forming Murdoch empire, Trinity Mirror, The Guardian, etc. Of course, the whole modernisation package, agreed at the March 2014 special conference, spectacularly backfired … against the right. Because of a serious miscalculation, in particular by the Burnham camp, Corbyn sneaked through with ‘borrowed’ votes … and thereby changed the character of the entire contest.

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