Chaos lies ahead for Labour

11 Aug 2016

As Labour members are starting to decide who to elect as Leader it is fair to say that chaos is all that lies ahead. Whilst Theresa May's popularity is still high, there are two candidates for the Labour leadership who are both mediocre.


Jeremy Corbyn represents old-fashioned socialism, and has appeal from across the left. Moderates and those on the centre-ground may like some of his stances, but are not impressed with his leadership. The past year has seen Corbyn stumble from catastrophe to catastrophe. 


Owen Smith might have been selected as the unity candidate but he isn't showing much success. A string of CLP's who nominated Yvette Cooper last year are now nominating Corbyn. His pitch for the leadership has been very similar to Corbyn in terms of policy. 


Whichever candidate wins, Labour faces a very dangerous situation.


Under Corbyn the Labour Party will continue to be an ineffective opposition to a Conservative Government which is already considering bringing back Grammar Schools. An ineffective opposition will ensure Theresa May’s implementation of as many extreme policies as she likes, and the opinion polls will still be in her favour. Although UKIP is in some crisis of its own, it will be able to persuade many people who voted to Leave the EU to vote for them in future elections. The SNP has showed them how to do it by wiping Labour from Scotland in 2015. 


Under Smith things don't look any rosier. Smith seeks to represent the 48% of people who voted to Remain in the EU. While everyone deserves to be represented he is giving the impression that he does not care about the views of the 52% of people who voted to Leave - many of them Labour voters.


If he wins, Smith seems more interested in ensuring that the UK stays in the EU, which is showing signs of failing, rather than working to ensure human rights and employment rights are protected. These rights are in UK law, but Labour should be playing an active role in the Brexit negotiations to ensure these rights remain, and that Labour voters of both Remain and Leave are represented. 


If the party does not get its act together quickly, it will be responsible for allowing decades of Conservative Government to continue, whilst Labour finds its parliamentary power dwindling.


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