The fuel crisis….
The high likelihood of imminent food shortages…
A Tory manifesto-busting 1.5% increase in National Insurance that will hit the
younger and lower-paid workers most affected by the pandemic harder than it does the better off…
The neediest members of the UK population facing an imminent £20 cut to what
are already massively overstretched Universal Credit payments…
Labour should be a shoo-in come 2023/24 even without the COVID shambles of last year.
Sadly, the party’s getting back into power ain’t looking likely to happen any time soon.
Faced with probably the most incompetent cabinet in living memory and in urgent need of imposing some discipline on the disorganized rabble his party has become these last 10 years, Starmer completely fucked up his big chance at this weekend’s conference. While he did do his best to put anti-semitism to bed, he merely kicked the door open a whole lot wider for arguments about transgender issues of little interest to anyone outside the party’s new base in metropolitan London.
Where once Labour lead and inspired, they now seem more concerned with lecturing and hectoring the “ordinary” working people who until recently “would rather die than vote Tory”.
Sadly, as their loss of 39 “Red Wall” seats in 2019 shows those voters/attitudes simply no longer exist. In disappearing off the political map, they’ve also taken any chance of Labour as it now stands ever getting back into power.
So what’s Labour to do now and who’s the right man/woman to try and start turning the party’s dwindling fortunes around ?
Starmer? Pretty much a busted flush – the socialist equivalent of forgotten Tory leader. Michael Howard (anyone remember him? Thought not). This weekend was his chance to shine and instead of offering a single memorable policy idea, he went on national TV to deny a biological fact.
Rayner? Having called Tories – and by logical extension those who voted for them – “scum”, I can’t see her playing well with the electorate come 2023/2024.
Nandy? Having seen her hold her own with Andrew Neil two years ago, I always thought she was “one to watch”. And once the dust settles from the current shit show, maybe she’ll grab her chance. Choosing LN would certainly go some way to addressing the fact that Labour is lagging way behind the Tories when it comes to diversity in its leaders and (shadow) cabinets.
Burnham? Doing a good job in Manchester and occasionally ruffling Bojo’s feathers but apparently seen as a bit of a lightweight by many of his (former) Commons colleagues.
Corbyn? Well he won the argument in 2019! Seriously, no, please, no.
Anyone else got any thoughts?