Roughly six months have passed since Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour Party, with what his supporters will keep reminding us about, a very large mandate. Although this was mainly down to a huge influx of £3 membership voters. It’s fair to say, as I’ve highlighted many times in my posts before, that these six months can be deemed a failure. Many Corbyn fans will point towards YouGov’s latest poll which gives Labour a 1 point lead over the Tories; however, this isn’t too relevant. It is common for oppositions to gain ground within 12 months of an election, and at this point in the last government under Miliband, Labour had a 10 point lead, and we all know how 2015 ended up…
There have been many, to put it mildly, ‘cock ups’ over the past six months within Labour; including the rife anti-Semitism on the left, ‘hostile’ lists, and the quite frankly embarrassing reshuffle. Under Corbyn we have now seen 3 Labour members who anti-Semitics and terrorist apologists let back into the party, albeit briefly, and although he is not solely responsible, he has not set up a strong stance to eradicate it from the party. Another factor is his past, which would in no way help his chances in any election race. From his IRA connections, his place in the Stop the War group, and his constant rebelling over the years; there are many areas the media and fellows MPs can exploit. Corbyn will never have the backing of the majority of the MPs, which is needed to become an effective opposition.
Now Corbyn has a big following on the left within the party, and time after time they have made many excuses for him. But there is one factor that is inexcusable, his performance as leader of the opposition. Namely since the budget. Osborne’s budget was incompetent, and were there to attack. As I’ve highlighted in a past article, his budgets have drastically increased generational inequality, increased poverty, increase job insecurity, it took money from the disabled, and was a failure. Osborne has been a failure. It also led to Iain Duncan Smith resigning! Iain Duncan Smith even gave us an attack line. He said that the Tories were hitting the electorate that don’t vote for them. All Corbyn needed to do was hit that attack line on Monday. Surely Corbyn would seize the moment to twist the knife into a government that PDS had described as lacking in compassion?
That was all he needed to say. However, when Corbyn responded to Cameron, he somehow failed to mention Duncan Smith’s resignation and his excoriating criticisms of the government. He failed to wave the letter across the despatch box, and failed to point out how the Tories have once again toxified. Instead he only went for the moral route, instead of pointing out the incompetency of it all. Cameron couldn’t believe his luck!
There is a problem on the left right now, where we see being morally good, as good enough. And they attack anyone who doesn’t agree with them that Corbyn is the answer. Morally good doesn’t win elections and it doesn’t make you a proper opposition. The far left membership seem to feel good about disagreeing with Toryism, but disagreement does not equate to a strong Opposition on its own. Opposition is primarily about being an alternative to the government. Being moral does not cover the electorates perceptions on our leadership and the economy, it does not make us or Corbyn electable. His policies do not match the electorates needs, and he is yet to form any sort of narrative since he was elected. Labour and Corbyn need an economic story of their own, they need an anti-austerity, anti-cuts narrative.
Yes we have had some mild successes e.g. Tax Credit cuts, PIP benefits, but the past 6 months has overall been a failure. We make excuses, time and time again, for easy slip-ups and bad Commons performances. Corbyn and current Labour are unelectable, and as Osborne and the Tories and the general public all know; there is no Labour victory as things stand. As I have said many times, change is needed at the top, because Labour is going nowhere under Corbyn.
It is inexcusable to keep making excuses for him.