It’s been a long, frustrating and tempestuous campaign for Westminster leadership, and at last it’s settled. The Scottish leadership was in contrast pretty straightforward with most, even those who didn’t vote for Kezia agreeing that we’d unite behind her. It’s tragic the same can’t be said when it came to Westminster
We witnessed something many long standing members never wished to see, members attacking other members, current and former MPs attacking the candidates and chaos all round with the voting system. But it’s over. The people decided Jeremy Corbyn is the elected Leader of the Labour Party by a massive majority.
Many members and MPs have expressed unhappiness and concern with the decision, believing the politics Jeremy represents will force Labour back into the dark ages of history and condemn us to years of Tory rule. I disagree but can to a degree understand the reservations and concerns of many.
Referred to as a rebel for opposing party policies, yet he was never a lone rebel which is an important factor. The element of concern for some is in his policies and approach, his completely different style and vision which differ from everything we’ve seen applied within the party for decades.
As a democratic socialist his vision is to see the return of public ownership, not to create an all powerful government but nether to continue encouraging the growing theme of big corporate bureaucracies. A good democratic party is one where social and economic decisions are guided by the people most affected by them. It’s difficult to see this as a negative thing although trying to implement it in a big corporate controlled world will be very difficult, which is behind many concerns.
Let’s face it, there’s never been a leader who pleases all of the people and never will be. But economists have been predicting for some time that by the time the younger generation reaches adulthood up to 40% of the world population will be unemployed if this current trend of big corporate power isn’t challenged.
Jeremy represents change and a bit of a gamble at that. But change is always a necessary thing and always a gamble. It’s also something many are conditioned to fear and resist and not without justification. When big corporations have major control over everything we use and need they aren’t going to let it go without a fight. Yet we owe it to ourselves, to the younger generations and to the party to embrace this change together. No one thought there would ever be a Labour movement, women’s rights and votes, public ownership, a welfare system or an NHS; they all came about through risk taking and a gamble.
I hope the party pulls together and embraces this change. As it stands we are a short step away from oblivion. We can’t risk offering more of the same, that’s already been rejected. We must be a real opposition taking the ruling parties by the horns and meeting them head to head. The time is right for change, we have the people in power to bring that change but they need a united party behind them all.