The Right-Minded View: Labour’s Leadership Contest – Mr Corbyn Vs. Mr Smith.
If there’s one charge that can be leveled at Jeremy Corbyn, like the proverbial lance at a windmill, it’s that of unelectability.
The disastrous landslide victory Mr Corbyn suffered in the original Labour Party leadership contest was merely the start; it was soon followed by several calamitous successes endured in byelections. What’s more, the taint of Mr Corbyn’s unelectability clearly spread to the Mayoral campaigns, in London and Bristol – which promptly rose without a trace, resulting in a tragically high margin of victory for each participant.
The problem is easy to elucidate. Mr Corbyn is quite simply not a credible pragmatic sensible centrist electable aspirational moderate.
What this country is crying out for is a persuader, not a protester: somebody who is unabashed about making nebulous assertions to support their position, while preaching to the converted; before going on to abstain in Parliament – with a steely look of determination in their eye; subsequently waving a white flag, defiantly. If anything, there are simply too many candidates in the Labour Party to choose from, who would fit this bill handsomely. Mr Corbyn, however, is certainly not one.
Labour’s impressive second-place finish at the last General Election – which, had it been an Olympic contest, would have guaranteed them a silver-medal – clearly demonstrates that no substantive change of any kind was even remotely necessary to rejuvenate the party. On the contrary, the only way for Labour to succeed is to intensify all of the things which lead up to their monumental victory, last year.
After all, Labour’s political opponents think that Mr Corbyn’s continued leadership is a bad idea – and they clearly offer their concern purely in the best interests of the Labour party. They would be a better group to consult for bold, innovative ideas on how to keep things exactly the way they are, in my opinion, than the party’s own supporters, members, and voters; who have always seemed somewhat superfluous to the whole business of Labour being elected into government. Far better to chase one vote from somebody who will never cast it in your favour, I say, than to pursue votes from thousands of people who would.
What Mr Corbyn needs to appreciate is that we don’t elect Party Leaders to make intelligent decisions – we elect them them to represent the public. Therefore, it really is high-time that Labour’s members listened more carefully to the advice offered here by those who led their party to such resounding success, especially within Scotland, a year ago; and to altruistic Conservatives, who will never vote for Labour, want it to lose the next election, and therefore have only the party and its supporters best interests at heart. This is just commonsense.