I have long been, and still am, an avid supporter of Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party, but I will readily admit, it’s not going well.
The chaos within the Labour party isn’t get any better; the party supporters are split down the middle on Brexit, the MPs and the membership are still at odds over the leadership and recent opinion polls all suggest a general election would be an absolute disaster.
While Labour successfully fought off the Stoke challenge from UKIP leader and professional liar Paul Nuttall, losing the Copeland seat to the Tories was a massive blow. These were two Labour strongholds, that had been Labour voters for several decades. Labour’s victory in Stoke should be celebrated, certainly, but both should have been guaranteed.
So what can be done about it?
Corbyn supporters have been consistently happy to bleat that it isn’t Corbyn’s fault. It’s the fault of the media, the blairites, the lies and the rhetoric.
It’s perfectly fair to say all of these things, the dismal public opinion is largely down to the ridiculous (mostly unchallenged) media bias against Corbyn and the Labour party. A lot of the problems come from the blairites and their lies and rhetoric.
It’s perfectly fair to say those things, but it doesn’t help.
So what can be done?
Corbyn needs to become a leader. I know many of his supporters like his ‘kind, gentle politics’ but they are not working.
We can close our eyes, plug our ears, and keep saying it’s not Corbyn’s fault, but the truth of the matter is the Labour party is in disarray, and has next to no chance of winning a general election in it’s current state.
No matter how many times Corbyn has called to work with the blairites who consistently undermine his leadership, they continue to do so. It is time for Corbyn to become the uncompromising, steadfast LEADER that the Labour party needs to defeat the tories.
He is regularly being undermined and briefed against by the Labour right, and they’ve shown absolutely no desire to stop until they regain control of the party, whatever that may cost in terms of Labour electoral power.
There is no denying there are problems with Corbyn, and problems with the Labour party, but how can the democratically elected leader hope to solve these issues when they are being exacerbated and publicised by the members of his own party nearly every day!
The electorate will never vote for a party so divided, one of the best ways for Labour to show it will be a viable alternative to the Tories is to provide an offer of stability in such a chaotic, post-Brexit political landscape.
In order to do this, and in order to ensure Labour remains a left-wing alternative, Corbyn should and must remove the worst offenders.
People who are consistently attempting to undermine and destroy the Labour party have absolutely no right to be members of it, and Corbyn must take a stronger, more leader-like approach to the constant threats against his party.
If Corbyn truly cares about the Labour party, and providing a left-wing alternative to the vile tories, he should show it by taking decisive and tough action against those who threaten to destroy it.