Tuesday, 28 September 2021
When Trust Is Broken
The Conservatives' renationalisation of the railways continues apace, as part of their implementation of much of the Labour manifestos of 2017 and 2019. Meanwhile, two conferences are being held in Brighton.
One is that of the Labour Left, a moderately but increasingly influential think tank that could make a lot more of an impact if it made a bit more of an effort. The other is that of the Labour Right, a political machine that has broken down beyond repair.
The Left's star turn is Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Leader at the time of those blueprint manifestos, and the only Leader to deliver a net gain in seats for Labour at a General Election this century.
But the Right's star turn is John Bercow, who was driven out of the Monday Club for adhering to an even more extreme faction, and whose presence declares that a Starmer Government would indeed pursue Keir Starmer's signature policy of reversing Brexit, but this time without a referendum.
Sadly, it is the latter that will be presenting itself to the electorate next time. Starmer will not even abide by a unanimous Conference resolution to do the very least that the Labour Party ought to be doing if there is to be any purpose to its existence, and one of the party's founding unions has disaffiliated during Conference. Did its delegates get up and walk out? If not, why not?
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