Labour deputy leadership candidate Richard Burgon insists Labour’s “socialist policies” were not the reason for the defeat in the 2019 general election while Sir Keir Starmer claimed different
The main reason Labour lost the 2019 general election was because Brexit “overshadowed traditional party loyalties” says Richard Burgon
For many of us who who don’t try to flinch from the truth or those that shirk it to remove themselves from responsibility understand fully the reason why we lost the 2019 General election was not for any other reason than the Sir Keir Starmer vote losing second referendum, many observers would have you believe that the 2019 result was down to the unpopularity of one person – Jeremy Corbyn – and that Labour’s left-wing policies meant that the party was unelectable.
One problem with this is that Labour’s policies are, in fact, overwhelmingly popular: significant majorities of voters support funding the NHS, raising the minimum wage, nationalisation, building council homes and other such social democratic policies. Not to mention a minimum wage of £10 an hour.
Labour’s individual policies, as both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have pointed out, were often highly popular. In 2018, for instance, a poll published by the Legatum Institute and Populus found that voters supported public ownership of the UK’s water (83 per cent), electricity (77 per cent), gas (77 per cent) and railways (76 per cent). Around two-thirds of voters supported policies such as higher taxation of top-earners, increased workers’ rights and a £10 minimum wage.
Voters are weary of the substandard service and excessive prices that characterise many private companies. (And saw the commanding heights of the British banking system renationalised following the financial crisis.)
While the evidence shows that Corbyn’s leadership became unpopular, this was a reflection of leadership that was profoundly linked to his Brexit position, gifting the Conservatives the “dither and delay” line they were able to use so effectively. – Brexit – provides the most plausible way of summing up Labour’s defeat in one word.
Sir Starmer defended the policy, telling Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I thought it was the right policy.”
The Labour Party’s official report into its worst electoral defeat for 80 years exonerated l Jeremy Corbyn, saying it would be “unrealistic” not to blame the result on Brexit.
Sir Keir Starmer Brexit secretary unwilling to accept responsibility for his own Brexit policy, blaming anything but him.
In this video clip Sir Starmer is asked if a second referendum was the right policy? He deflects the question of a vote losing second referendum policy in the manifesto claiming the policy was to fight against a deal that was very damaging for the country. However if the Labour party had won the election the deal would have been a Labour deal not any hypothetical Tory bad deal.
It is the duty of every Left-wing supporter to stop people like Sir Starmer that Perpetuate‘s the lie, suggesting Corbyn or an over loaded manifesto even AS is to blame for our election loss. It’s the route back to Blairism
Sir Starmer needs to understand, it wasn’t Free broadband that lost Labour 52 LEAVE voting constituency’s
Corbyn’s program echoed the demands of socialist movements around the world, including the Democratic Socialists in the US, in his call for wealth redistribution and a fairer economic system, designed “for the many, not the few.”
Too many people run away from the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality that exist in the UK, and exist all over the world, globalisation has left far too many people behind. Labour members should remember it is only the policy’s of socialism that can ever bridge these gaps of inequality. A return to the center is to capitulate to both the right and the establishment.