- Think of Clement Attlee: He was against the general strike, served in the “treacherous” national government, and under a Tory Prime Minister. In 1945, he implemented a Liberal’s plan for the welfare state. Labour is pragmatic.
- JC’s policies were thirty years out of date thirty years ago! Everyone got sick of council houses, state industries and macho unions.
- A private landlord’s property is his investment. The council worker doesn’t really care if your toilet’s leaking.
- And who cared if industry died amidst fights between civil servants and trades unions?
- As far I understand JC, to burst the neo-liberal “Westminster bubble” we should have the economy run by bureaucrats and civil servants in Westminster.
- He made zero contribution to Labour in power. But now he’ll change everything?
- Most of the Parliamentary Labour Party think he’s outdated at best – will he have them deselected? Will he even have a shadow cabinet for his policies?
- He is popular among i) Labour members suspicious of New Labour and truly enraged by the illegal Iraq war; ii) Labour supporters disinterested in the Party’s history or future; iii) students against paying fees; iv) people suffering desperately under the cuts v) people who hate the “Westminster elite” and anti-capitalists without imagination. That’s many understandably discontented people, but not the main body of the population. JC’s become the leader of a protest movement without imagination (I mean, a manifesto from ’83!!!), not the leader of the Labour Party.
- What about foreign policy? Europe? NATO? Israel? Is going-it-alone internationalist?