2012-2015: The glaring inevitability of Labour defeat, and why that means it has to be Corbyn this time



There have been a thousand pieces written (at least) across the media since the defeat of the Ed Miller Band in May 2015. The predictable outcome (a draw or worse) let in the most unpleasantly right-wing government for nearly a century.

A new page at The Slog, ‘Why Labour lost’ – the link for which is below – offers up nine pieces written during the three years before the 2015 Election. Completely unaltered since their original appearance, they accurately depict a Labour Establishment negligently blind to the obvious fact that two Eds were worse than none.

It’s nice to be right, but depressing when one doesn’t want to be. The only real importance such a thin anthology has is that of spelling out a lesson, and the lesson is this: it would take an econo-fiscal catastrophe to get Jeremy Corbyn elected Prime Minister in 2020, but that’s no longer the point. What Labour has to do now is not take on the usual entirely political role…it must fulfil two Constitutionally vital roles above that:

  1. Reach out to others and provide an efficient, coordinated and almost surgically cutting Opposition to the erosion of our liberties, and the establishment of a corporate State
  2. Demonstrate without exception that it stands for ethics, democracy and The People…not for slimey advantage and opportunistic short-term gain forgotten by the voters within days.

Jeremy Corbyn is a scrupuluously inclusive constituency MP, he is not Michael Foot, he is not mad, he is not an extremist, and he is not Tony Blair; rather, he is a bloke dealing with a nation riddled with inflexible tribalism, he is effective, he tells the unvarnished truth about motives, he opposes globalism tooth and nail, and he isn’t a sociopathic collaborationist. I differ with him on almost every issue facing us, but the best we can hope for in the immediate future is for someone honourable to give Cameron and his cronies a bloody nose. This is above ‘political opposition’: it is a fight for the survival of multivariate politics and its ownership by the Citizen Electors.

Of course the Tories try to demonise him. I too think his Middle East stance is naive on the subject of Arab culture. But this is what they tried to do to Blair in 1997:

blaireyesHow utterly puerile and laughably inaccurate that looks now. But what the Conservatives saw in Blair was an operator – just like them: a man after money and power – just like them.

The Camerlot government wants more than anything for the Labour Establishment to triumph again. Andy Burnham, house flipper and cynical Union apparatchik. Yvette Cooper, pretty face and married to the detestably intolerant Ed Balls. And on and on and on.

But my own hunch is that a man from David Cameron’s background and personal make-up will not know which way to hold Corbyn up. Where Ed Miliband failed at PMQs and Balls failed at every budget debate, Corbyn and his ilk will tear into these liars and catch them out. Jeremy has, after all, nothing to lose: he’s expected by the vast majority to be a dangerous disaster. For him, the only way is up.

It’s also my (still minority) view that come 2020 we will be in a very different world indeed. Europe will be tearing itself apart, higher interest rates will be hammering ‘the Anglo-sphere’, the risibly unbalanced and flakey nature of Britain’s silly financial services confection-economy will be obvious to far more people, and the emerging world Brics will be in a far stronger position. Mr Corbyn will be, in that context, the most acceptable British leader a Bric leader could wish for.

The biggest hurdle of all for the UK’s Decency Spectrum is an element that no longer a represents a possible option among others: it is a must-have. The rise and rise of UKip and the SNP has devastated the Labour vote, while natural Labour allies the Liberal Democrats are in a wilderness of their own making. A Corbyn Labour Party must come out of the stockade and start – openly not cynically – finding common ground and establishing constituency cooperation with the Greens, LibDems and SNP. It must show that Metro is out and Common Man is back, in order to regain those Labour traditionalists who wasted their votes on UKip last time around.

Failure to do this is no longer a debating point: it is a near mathematical certainty (especially if Scotland secedes) that it would result in a dreary dehumanisation of the British People via corporatism. Or as we used to call it before the idiot Peter Hain devalued the term, fascism.

Our country’s governmental, political, social and cultural mores are rotten to the core. Genuine Britons in favour of personal independence and freedom should support the one man ready to dismantle it: Jeremy Corbyn.

Dedicated page at The Slog: How Labour used up all nine lives

22 thoughts on “2012-2015: The glaring inevitability of Labour defeat, and why that means it has to be Corbyn this time

  1. The UKIP votes were wasted because of the disgusting FPTP system . UKIP got more votes than the LimpDems and SNP put together and got 1 MP ,they got 60 plus MP’s . WTF ??? Is it not about time you nailed this major problem with the way we are governed ? Apologies if you have already done so . The Lab/Com alliance ( more immigration and subservience to the EU ) are definitely not the answer to anything .


  2. In fact Corbynism, or whatever, has already begun to open up debates that were totally silenced by Milliband’s minders. Think the EU, think austerity, think HS2, think Heathrow. Think!!

    Thank god someone is thinking, because the slamming of the lid on policy debate prior to the GE meant we could only debate whether gas prices could fall as well as rise under a Labour Government.

    Zoe Williams’s piece in the gradually improving Guardian last weeked was like a breath of fresh air. (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/16/jeremy-corbyn-corbynomics-cosy-consensus-debt-radical-fear)

    She says that Corbyn is serving to open the door to the 21st Century. The irrlelevance of the other 3 candidates in Labour’s nervous breakdown leadership election is now frightening. But think on this: what if one of them were to win?


  3. It’s starting to get embarrassingly silly, and I get that cringe feeling when I read a paragraph of something which is largely credible only to be rounded off with another strange and tenuously linked statement to Ukip, or Farage that raises the red flag of ‘This writer of this article, is a tad unhinged !’?
    I’m convinced that we’ll one day see in the DSM IV, under personality disorders, an indicator of mental disorder being,
    : a visceral and irrational hatred of Ukip
    Whatever else you may think of Ukip, its existence is the very reason we are getting the In/Out EU referendum. Whereas your don’t bother to vote stance, was about as politically useful as the proverbial chocolate fireguard?


  4. Labour doctrine has now evolved in a massive way. Indeed, Jeremy Corbyn will deliver the final blows and reap all the rewards of all the previous socialist efforts to treat everyone as equal and allow our society to be truly fair to all. Old fashioned elitism will be buried forever and we will have a just living for all of our populations from home and abroad where the vast wealth of knowledge, culture and material things can be shared as it was always intended to be.


  5. Desmond,
    Very good comment.

    I agree with John all the way on this. In an ideal world ‘responsible capitalism’ would ensure that workers got fairly paid and CEO’s would not earn a multiple of hundreds of the average employee’s salary. Idealistic? Maybe, but there ARE people with that integrity out there (if I remember correctly, in the early 90s Robin Leigh Pemberton didn’t take a salary hike one year because he felt if the BoE staff weren’t getting one then he shouldn’t).

    When I look at the likes of Liz Kendal (“I have no brain but I’ll open my mouth and speak anyway”), Yvette Cooper (I have to switch the radio or TV over to another channel when she’s on) and the various others who are telling us hell and damnation are coming our way if Corbyn is selected, I sincerely hope he WILL get it. And given the number of people who have been registering to vote (whether or not they are all legitimate) must be saying SOMETHING.



  6. “Reach out to others and provide an efficient, coordinated and almost surgically cutting Opposition to the erosion of our liberties, and the establishment of a corporate State”

    The idea that the Labour party is going to do any of that is quite frankly laughable. This is the party that attempted with its Identity Cards Act 2006 to turn the UK into one of the most intrusively watched countries in the world. Built the worlds biggest DNA database, and brought in laws to enable them to keep your fingerprints and DNA on file for life even if you were totally innocent of the offence for which you were originally arrested. They enacted RIPA legislation that enable local authorities to spy on with intrusive surveillance for putting the wrong kind of rubbish in your bin. A country with 4% of the worlds population ended up with 25% of the worlds CCTV camera’s. The Labour party like all socialists are total control freaks.


  7. Ditto on the cooper comment, every time I hear her on the radio I just end up shouting expletives at it. The way she changes her voice as if she’s talking to a 3 year old kid really pisses me off. The kendal version isn’t much different.


  8. Starting to think that when you get overpopulated = too many people and not enough resources for everybody to survive, as a system moves to tyranny to retain capitalist control you get the likes of Corbyn. You either downsize the population and ensure everybody has at least a card in the game or no card in the game then it will be Corbyn.

    What you got to watch for though is exactly who is pulling Corbyn’s strings as that person in the shadows could be the next Hitler and will do for Corbyn after he has won.

    That’s how they do it right?


  9. Jeremy Corbyn isn’t ‘inclusive’. He voted for the smoking ban. And that’s the reason why I for one will never vote Labour (90% of Labour MPs voted for the ban) or Lib Dem (95% of Lib Dem MPs voted for the ban), and why I voted UKIP and will carry on doing so. It’s not for nothing that Nigel Farage is regularly seen smoking and drinking. There are a lot of people who still do both. And some of them are very angry at what has been done to them.


  10. Corbyn may never win an election. There are mighty forces ranged against him. If he did there would probably be a right wing coup orchestrated by our foreign masters. However even though I don’t agree with his Marxist outlook, he may provide something which has been missing in our so called democracy and that is opposition to the Neo-liberal / Finance Capitalist consensus. New Labour was just another TINA with nothing to say more than arguments about how they would impose a little less austerity while their repusive personnel continued to feather their own nests.

    I for one hope he wins and begins to stir up our corrupt and derelict establishment.


  11. We in the US have no such alternative. However we have a more exciting one, Donald Trump. A man who is not actually a Republican. He is an egotistic boor who knows almost nothing about anything, except self promotion. The thing is he could blow up the entire system. Obviously he is the only revolutionary choice.


  12. This from Wikipedia on Labour Leadership elections

    “Support for Corbyn… led to high profile interventions by individuals such as Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Jack Straw, David Miliband, and Alastair Campbell […]”

    With that lot opposing him I would think Corbyn’s chances improved markedly.

    The leadership ballot uses the AV system. IIRC when the AV option was put to the British people in a referendum, Labour. along with the Conservatives, campaigned against it, preferring to retain the FPTP system – elitist hypocrites. There’s a half remembered line from the Two Ronnies ratting around in the backwaters of my memory, something like ‘… good enough for him, but not good enough for him…’



  13. I think the scariest weapon that Jeremy is wielding against the bloated careerists is his honesty. I’ve been suspicious for some time that many if not most political ideologies would have happily made a success of nations if they had only been implemented by honest men. What hope is there when rulers rule societies solely for their own benefit?

    Sadly though it is the scum that normally floats to the surface, so when someone like Jeremy Corbyn gets the rare opportunity to lead with honesty, we should consider what has been before him and then back him unreservedly. Policies are one thing but day to day pragmatism is where I would feel comfortable having a principled man at the helm.


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