The hard Left should stop trying to exploit the Coronacrisis



“What a great opportunity this is going to give us.” These words are part of a statement made by Ian Lavery MP, Chairman of the Labour party. What was he talking about? He was talking about the current Coronavirus pandemic and its potential usefulness for the Labour Party. 

In his full comment, he said:

 “By the way when something like this happens, we’re going to see lots of our own dying as a consequence. But, ya know, apart from that, it’s going to give the fantastic battalion of Labour Party members, community champions out there a great opportunity of showing how Labour, and why Labour, is best when it gets on the front foot and best when it gets people together.

We need to make sure that we do that, and community organising what a great opportunity it’s going to give us. “

As far as stunningly ill-judged statements go, this has to be up there with the best – or, more accurately, down there with the worst.

Not happy with his reputation for ripping off a miner’s union, Lavery has now openly suggested Labour activists should leverage death and a pandemic for political gain. It beggar’s belief that these are the words and actions of someone who is now a very senior Labour party figure, and a spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn’s “kinder, gentler” movement. It is the sort of thing I’ve heard from very low calibre local politicians or swivel-eyed activists – but not what you’d expect from someone with such influence and responsibility.

I understand he thought he was addressing people sympathetic to his cause, but I couldn’t imagine the Chair of any other mainstream political party advocating a platform of ‘bring oot ya dead, aren’t we great, vote for us’. To even suggest doing such a thing is crass beyond belief.

Just to make the hole he found himself in a bit deeper, Lavery went on to claim his widely-reported comments were misleading, despite being evidenced by a recording. Keep digging Ian; dig for victory!

No matter how you think this crisis has been handled by the Government, one thing you can say is that there has been no politicising of the pandemic from them – or Labour moderates. The only group heavily politicising this situation are the Hard Left.

Take the other “star” of the Labour party Rebecca Long-Bailey. On another Zoom call, she told the captive audience: “We need to make sure that we demand, as we leave this crisis, an economic model that protects all of us. And that’s socialism. And I think the case in this crisis has very strongly been made for socialism.”

No, it absolutely has not. Quite the opposite, in fact. The way the Government is propping up the economy is an emergency measure and unsustainable in the long term. The government can only deliver such a wide range of short-term fiscal interventions because we have a strong economy, not a socialist one. We need to protect our economy, to protect the jobs people have now – so, once the crisis has calmed, we can get back to business, back to work, back to generating revenue.

I consider myself lucky to be put on the furlough scheme. If it wasn’t available I would have been made redundant and become reliant on the state. The Chancellor’s measures makes sense; keep people employed now so they can carry on paying tax later. 

The truth is: socialist governments always leave a financial mess – and they always run out of other people’s money.

That Becky LB and co fail to see this – and fervently believe we need a Marxist planned economy – is exactly the reason why they should never be in power.

So here’s my advice for those who Lavery was addressing, or those who Long-Bailey was referring to in her ‘isn’t socialism great’ mini-speech.


Volunteer to help people in the communities you live in. Not because there is a possible political gain to be made, but because helping people in times of crisis – no matter how they vote – is the right thing for everyone to do.

Clare Golby was the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Coventry North West in the 2019 General Election. Follow her on twitter: @MrsGolby