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Pete Lawrence - 21 Apr 2017


Asa Bennett in another piece of crap Torygraph polemic today says

"Jeremy Corbyn is one step away from power. Stop laughing, the Tories have to make you believe it

On Friday June 9, Jeremy Corbyn may find himself heading to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen's permission to form a Government. He might have to do it by cobbling together a "progressive alliance" (or "coalition of chaos" as the Tories call it) with the Greens, SNP and the Liberal Democrats, but he would lead what emerged as Prime Minister.

This remains a possible outcome to the election. No, I haven't lost my mind...."

IMO, it's not impossible that Corbyn could still have the last laugh, but if he's to stand any chance, he should be concentrating on two things in particular :

1 Doing what he does best and getting out there on the road, in the city squares, in the halls where he knows he can pull many hundreds, often thousands of people to get his message across. Witnessing him do this two summers ago in Nottingham was little short of a revelation to me, a realisation that there really was an alternative way, a life beyond the nadir of the 'Ed stone'. I realised that shift was part of a process which may well take different directions after this election but I believed that things could change, markedly and for the better in British politics. I still hold onto that sense of hope, much as I believe that many within Labour have done their level best to sabotage their own chances of riding this particular wave.

2 Reference the "cobbling together of a progressive alliance" above, I believe that there has to be a shift to a less self-centred agenda from Labour central office, one that recognises that coalition politics may have taken a back seat for the last term, but the notion of pre-election pacts surely have to be part of the political infrastructure going forward to avoid Tory landslide meltdown. To achieve damage limitation, the bigger picture opens up the notion of broader alliances to defeat the common enemy.

Along with the rise of independent politics outside the party system, it's probably fair to say that a focus on progressive alliance must surely be the central plank of this general election. Later, we can look at trailblazing a "grown-up, 21st century collaborative politics" which has already picked up huge traction this week alone.

Meanwhile, the media is moving in ever more wayward directions. Izzy Miyaghi writes on Facebook :

"BBC bias has become grotesque. How blatant can it get?

This bias has not only served to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, it has been used to support unjust military interventionism in Libya and Syria, where the propaganda in both cases has been extraordinary. I now barely go to the BBC website.

Growing propaganda can be seen as serving two purposes,

a) disadvantaging opposition to the Tory government, and, resulting from the subsequent fallout,

b) making a case perhaps for the eventual privatisation of the BBC

Related to the latter point, I hear calls from some folk for the BBC to no longer be funded by license (or state). This is what the Tories want, the eventual privatisation of the BBC.

Instead, the current fiasco should be used to bring reform, including a board that cannot be tampered with by government, and a watchdog that has the ability to step in promptly to correct issues.

If Labour make it through the General Election, a major cull-de-sacking at the BBC is required.




Lou Mycroft

Your analysis is spot on, I'd say, especially the bit about Labour becoming less self-centred. Work on forming progressive alliances needs to be underway now and I fear it's not.

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