The late Anthony Wedgewood Benn once said that the Labour Party is not a socialist party but is a party with socialists in it. I guess I would subscribe to this comment.
Since our inception we have been a melting pot of different ideas hence being a broad church.
The only time socialism was mentioned in our ordinances was when a certain Tony Blair advocated a change of Clause 4 from what it had been since 1917 when Sydney Webb drafted the original " To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service" to what it is today.
I do think at times political parties need to look at themselves and to work out what is their purpose and indeed last year it was suggested by one of the then Labour leadership candidates that perhaps we needed to look again at our aims and values in light of changing times.
When that was suggested it spurred me into writing a new clause 4 which I promptly deposited with a certain person.
However it is not the most important thing on the agenda.
One of my big criticisms of the Party was that it lacked a grassroots organisation where there could be a cross fertilization of ideas on how we could rebuild a collapsing society.
No doubt whatever ideas I had put forward to the Party ended up in the shredder.
Under previous leaders we were very top down and we adopted a clunking first approach that the leader is all knowing.
Although I campaigned in 2015 in my limited way for Labour in support of the local candidate I was under no illusions having informed the party back in 2014 that we were not going to win, again my thoughts at that time were put in the shredder, and after the defeat in 2015 I wrote a long explanation on why we were defeated again - that was put into the shredder.
We have a leadership now whom I believe are willing to listen to the shop floor because they don't have the answers to everything but together we can come to that point where the answers are in front of us.
Finally we came into being to be the voice of working class opinion in the legislature and the great challenge for us today is to reconnect with the working class and to understand their needs, their wants, their hopes and their desires and if we can do that I believe we will form the next government.
However if we display an arrogance, which I believe we did under previous leaders then I am sorry to say we will be defeated in 2020 or whenever the next general election occurs, because a party that doesn't listen to the people doesn't deserve to be in government.
Thanks to our regular contributor Ferederick James
The British Labour Party is tearing itself apart when it should be fighting the Tories and showing a dignified and united front.
As all of us know united we stand divided we fall.
You can lay the blame wherever you want in this ridiculous spat but the behaviour of the Parliamentary Labour Party ahead of Corbyn's election as party leader on September 12, 2015, hinted at what was to come sooner or later.
So as the country reeled from the implications of a possible exit from the European Union some in Labour decided now was the time to launch a leadership challenge.
There are many petitions around online since war broke out in the Labour Party but here is one from Patricia on Twitter asking the now-called 'Chicken Coup' plotters to basically show some balls and either launch a leadership challenge or get back to work.
The petition reads:
Labour leadership challenger & election now please. No more stalling.
To: The Labour PLP coup plotters.Please put forward your contender for the leadership NOW so a democratic vote can be held.
Enough stalling, bring forward a challenger along with policy NOW so you can get back to doing the job we tax payers pay you for., WHICH IS TO OPPOSE AND ATTACK the Tory Party.
If you cannot bring forward a challenger to Mr Corbyn and give us, the people, a democratic vote then either resign or back down.
You can sign the petition by following this link
"Good Afternoon, Mr Corbyn
"I am a member of Bradford East CLP and I have to say that I am ashamed to call myself a member of the Labour Party at the moment!
"I re-joined (having left in disgust at the "New Deal" employment programme) on the back of your successful election as Leader, as I felt that the Party needed a leader that was much more compassionate about the most destitute in British society - the poor, the long-term unemployed, the sick and disabled, the elderly - than previous leaders have been.
"I note that you have suspended Naz Shah MP (Bradford West) for her comments that have been seen by some as Anti-Semitic - comments that have caused a huge outcry amongst the Labour movement, and the country as a whole.
I have to point out that her comments could not have been Anti-Semitic, as they were not discriminatory against Jews. They were, however, Anti-Israel, which many people (including myself) believe has too much of an influence on US (and with it UK) Foreign Policy.
Are you now going to suspend me along with Ken Livingstone and Naz Shah on the basis of my views?
"As you can probably tell, I am very angry about this matter!
"I thank you for your attention, and I look forward to hearing from you.
[Labour party member and site owner adds her signature here - Eileen Kersey]
John Mann pulls BBC stunt, Ken Livingstone suspended from Labour
Frederick James bit the bullet and watched events televised from the House of Commons Thursday when it was Queen Elizabeth I 90th birthday.
He reports how he watched Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn follow the loyal address given by the PM [David Cameron] adding he was struck however by how few Parliamentarians were present in the Chamber.
As he notes usually on such occasions the HoC would have something like a full house.
Mr James thinks the tone of Mr Corbyn's speech was just about right for the occasion and asks if you agree?
Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of Her Majesties Most Loyal Opposition)
The following highlights simply but perfectly the problems Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn faces from within his own political party.
From Krishna Lathia James
An interesting first hand revelation.
While at a funeral at a Leicester cemetery I came across Labour's Keith Vaz.
I was with two siblings who are both Labour Party members and so we introduced ourselves.
I revealed I was from Harrow where I had met him two years ago during a dispute we were having with the local Labour group.
I expressed that it was good to have Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party but his response shocked me.
In fact what he said appalled me.
He blatantly replied that he was looking forward to David Miliband [brother of former party leader Ed and one time leadership hopeful] coming back!
I was shocked to hear such a senior member of the Labour party speak so dismissively about the present leader.
And I am still reeling from this blatant betrayal 12 hrs later.
Was it a scoop?
Can someone tell Mr Vaz et al that loose lips sink ships?
Op-ed: Michael Dugher: The campaign manager the Tories can always rely on.
I see Michael Dugher has been busy plotting against Corbyn again.
Despite knowing how impossible it is for Labour to win 400 council seats after the high watermark of 2012, this is the bar he's set for Labour in the local elections.
I'm surprised he hasn't come out and said Labour need to win back the council of Atlantis if Labour is going to prove they've made progress under Corbyn.
Ok that's a tad farfetched, but only a tad.
Dugher is so transparent, it's impossible NOT to see what he is up to. The higher the bar the bigger the fail. And it's a fail he craves.
A big fail means he has grounds to call on Jeremy to resign.
I can see it now - Dugher wearing his despairing face - the one he probably practices in a mirror at home - as he bemoans Labour's backward slide under Corbyn via TV interview after TV interview.
What angers me most, is the impact Dugher's plotting might have on vulnerable people.
As we know from the overly optimistic 2015 election polls, the expectation that Labour was in a comfortable position worked against Labour. Had the polls more accurately predicted a narrow Tory win, more Labour supporters would have been galvanised to vote. Similarly, if Dugher's overly optimistic predictions lead the voting public to expect an easy ride for Labour in May, thousands of Labour inclined voters, blind to a plotters rhetoric, will not bother to vote; and as Jeremy rightly says, a Labour council is the best protection against Tory cuts.
Dugher's game playing could contribute to an elderly person sitting in their own faeces an extra thirty minutes because of a slashed social care budget, or a depressed mum having no library to take her toddler to, to break up a long lonely day.
I know what Dugher would say to this - he'd say I have indulged myself by voting for a Labour leader who is so unelectable the Tories are certain to win again, with all the harm that will cause to people. But I genuinely believe Jeremy to be our best shot at winning in 2020.
That's not to say I'm certain he will win. I don't possess the so called 'moderates' arrogance when it comes to predicting future elections, especially when the world appears to be suffering from 'post financial crash disorder.' I hope he will win, but I don't know he will for sure.
But Dugher knows full well the devastating consequences Tory led councils will have for vulnerable people, so he has no excuse.
Dugher is clearly very angry and bitter about Jeremy's leadership. Does his bitterness simply stem from a belief that Jeremy is the wrong leader? I don't think so.
I'm inclined to believe it stems from his role as Andy Burnham's campaign manager in the leadership elections. Burnham was odds on to win at the start of the race. Had Burnham won, Dugher would have secured his place in history as the man who ran a successful leadership campaign. Not only that, his career would have flourished under a grateful Burnham's leadership.
But it all went 'horribly wrong' when a bearded, sixty-six year-old left winger, who had never expressed any interest in being leader before, unexpectedly entered the race.
But rather than blaming himself for failing to have his finger on the pulse of the membership, Dugher seems determined to blame Corbyn for standing, and the members for voting for him.
We need to be punished.
Maybe he believes Corbyn's failure is the only balm that will take the sting out of his own? Maybe that is true. Or maybe, the balm that will really take the sting out of his 'failure,' is if he turned his fire on the Tories and helped us defeat them, because at the moment he is acting like their unpaid campaign manager, and I fail to see any good that can come from that.
By Chelley Ryan
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