Labour needs a policy contest

Gordon Brown has apparently been enduring the company of Thatcher. He chose to do this too, invite the former PM round for tea again – perhaps because he’s wanting to check the details of her taxpayer-funded state funeral, perhaps he’s senile… I’m sure the SNP will relish the chance to again advertise this budding relationship at the up-coming Glenrothes by-election, where the head teacher of Brown’s old school is standing for Labour.

As for talk of a leadership challenge to Brown, the leader of the Socialist Campaign Group has it right:

Entering the latest row on Saturday evening Labour MP John McDonnell – who has long been urging a leadership election – described current Labour infighting as “like watching the crew having a punch up on the deck of the Titanic”.

The MP for Hayes and Harlington said: “Most Labour Party members are looking on aghast as the Blairites and Brownites fight an irrelevant turf war.

“Without a single policy difference between them they are willing to destroy a Labour government. I challenge both of them to publish a policy programme to put before our members for support and let’s test the views of our supporters on the way forward for Labour.”

[BBC]

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2 Responses to “Labour needs a policy contest”

  1. harpymarx Says:

    It is indeed, I agree, it is about policies and the Left has much to say on this. But when it comes to a slug fest between two right-wing factions then the Left should stay out of it and leave them to it.
    The Left needs to highlight the alternatives to NL at every available opportunity but to intervene and take sides in this boxing marathon is not it. Leave them to it.

  2. charliemarks Says:

    True – the pressure on Brown should be to scrap unpopular policies. Just imagine if he was threatening the energy companies with renationalisation if they don’t keep our bills low – he’d be a hero. Instead he’s inviting the architect of the asset-stripping of public property, Thatcher, round for tea – one OAP that won’t be facing the dilema of eating or heating.


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