Deep down, the Labour Party knows it’s losing
BY TIM DAWSON
“Jezza Corbz for the win!” scream Jeremy Corbyn’s white-walkers, as they wave their placards – literally, during his increasingly lousy personal appearances, or metaphorically online. “We will rise up!”
The truth is, there is going to be no great rising up in this election – no hidden Marxist battalions riding out of the mist to storm the barricades at the final moment. The Hard Left’s takeover of the Labour Party is largely complete and, with it, Labour’s chances of forming a government have evaporated.
Ian Austin’s intervention last week, encouraging traditional Labour voters to back Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party, was a watershed moment. Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to govern this country – and Ian Austin, like the majority of sensible, patriotic centre-left figures, knows it just as well as we Conservatives.
It is, however, a pity that not all “moderate” Labour politicians have been as brave – though the list of anti-Corbyn interventions is growing daily [Former Labour minister Tom Harris has been equally as scathing as Austin, including on this site].
Naturally, Jess Phillips will still campaign to put Corbyn in Number 10. So will Lucy Powell, my MP, and Liz Kendall, both of whom really, really should know better. But the narrative is crystallising; even Labour doesn’t trust Labour any more.
In 2017, things were different. The Conservatives had a weak leader, a banal message – “strong and stable government in the national interest” – and a manifesto so dreadful only professional politicos could have written it. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn was still relatively unknown out in the country, and his old-fashioned Socialist rallies with their tub-thumping rhetoric provided a refreshing change to Mrs. May’s synthetic, obfuscatory performances.
But that was then, and this is now.
The Labour campaign is forthright, yes. They have no shortage of Momentum volunteers to stomp the streets and their message is visceral and demagogic.
Bashing billionaires. Bashing landlords. Bashing the eeevul Tories…
It won’t be enough – and Labour know it won’t be enough.
Behind the scenes, plans are already being put in place for what to do next, once Boris and his can-do Cabinet are back in power, and can’t-do Corbz has retired to spend more time with his manhole covers.
Perhaps the most telling of these plans is the introduction of co-leaders. In this set-up, Labour would be led by two MPs – one a Remainer from a metropolitan area, another a Leaver from their traditional heartlands.
This is a patently absurd idea. How would it work in practice? Who would make the ultimate decisions (well, the answer is Seumas Milne, of course, but he still needs a front)? And, crucially, who will they choose to serve alongside John McDonnell (come on, we all know he wants it)? The other obvious question is ‘how would co-Prime Ministers work?’ but it’s a dilemma unlikely to ever need addressing.
Labour has jumped the shark and is now flailing, attempting to build a campaign around fictions.
We have historically been lucky in this country: our main left-wing party has – traditionally – been moderate and patriotic.
Britain needs a decent centre-left option. Sadly, that is no longer Labour.
Tim Dawson is a writer and journalist and the Editor of Free Market Conservatives. Follow him on twitter: @tim_r_dawson