And so farewell. Leaving Labour.

I was going to write a post on my thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership victory at the weekend but in the reblogged post below Fr. Blackledge sums up a lot of what I’d wanted to say…and then some. I agree with his sound advice to Corbyn (although, unlike Fr. Blackledge, I’ll remain a member of the Labour Party).


So here’s my letter of farewell to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party.

I was an entryist, really. I hadn’t been a member of the Labour party for years, but I decided to put up the money in order to vote at this leaderhsip election. Like 40% of those who joined for this purpose, I voted to try and vote you out. We lost, as you probably know… I didn’t vote against you because of your policies. I voted against you because you are unelectable.

I think the Labour party is dead and gone for a generation at least, possibly for all time. But Jeremy, I wish the best for you, I really do, so for what it’s worth, here’s my advice as a concerned bystander.


Have a vision, not a complaint. The strategy of pointing out how horrible the Tories are, and mumbling about “hope” and hoping people will vote…

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Author: Philip Moriarty

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  1. I find this interesting because it seems to have many parallels to what is happening here in the United states with Democrat voters.

    When the candidate many wanted Bernie Sanders lost, many “life long” Democrats literally got offended he did not win and decided they wanted to change (a system that was designed and accepted for 200 years, and an intra party system that had worked fine for 70 years) because not all of them either voted or not enough were convinced to vote for him (full disclosure I voted for him) and are leaving and/or “voting libertarian in many cases, despite the fact that this action would literally mean the defectors win for the Republican candidate.

    My personal opinion is that these people were not serious Democrats because ultimately you vote for the policies of the party as a whole (which actually changed when bernie sanders relinquished the race, it pulled hillarys campaign further left, which it needed to be).

    Sadly people vote for a character (which seems to be the case here) not for a policy, hence the success of Donald Trump, (sell the sizzle, not the meat) so they will give up on all that they technically say they believe in because they lost.

    Like the US, the PM does not make the party and does not make the laws although is the figure head and is involved in the process but can be overruled, sadly, people often forget to vote for local candidates also, so lose the advantage apologies for the mix of us and uk verbage).
    My family have always been working/lower middle class thus voted accordingly although my father does not like Corbyn either (and was a brexitErica, sadly) although still a left wing person in general.

    Neil Kinnock was also unelectable but it did not stop him either, I personally hate the way these are turning into episodes of reality TV, rather than informed people making decisions based on fact (my personal “trigger” is “voting my conscience” because if you vote with your heart your brain loses out! (And the fact many who do vote with their heart do not understand nor want to look into the issues or policies and are generally a 1 or 2 issue voter (and sadly often the most “trendy”)

    Like yourself I will remain a Democrat (in your case labour, which I would be if I were still in the uk) because the party ideals as a whole represent my interests more closely than the others.

    I will say the old (Scottish* Chinese* *Citation needed) curse is true “may you live in interesting times”

    Well these are interesting indeed and I am not sure if I am all too happy with them!

    I also apologise if my uk politics is not up to par as well, I have lived in the USA for 15 years and although I try to maintain an interest in both (all in fact) if I did I would not have a job, so I tend to focus on more local issues, please feel free to correct myour errors on the uk side if I have made any.


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