We urgently need a strong Labour party, it is essential for democracy. But the Blairites – call them what you will – have been systematically undermining Corbyn since the day he got elected, along with the rightwing press. They have done nothing to make the party stronger. Zoe Williams’s article (Labour’s differences don’t justify it tearing itself apart, 4 July) explains why I voted Corbyn in the first place. Nothing has changed, the need for stronger radical policy has indeed just got greater, as the referendum demonstrated somewhat obliquely. Moreover, there seems to be no sensible alternative candidate yet. All the other candidates last time had little going for them (least of all the Blairite candidate), which is why Corbyn stood out. Eagle would be OK, but she couldn’t even win the deputy election last time. Would she allow a proper (as opposed to a destructive) election for leader, if she won? Corbyn will never resign, if it means he could not stand again. He believes (rightly or wrongly) that he would win again. The problem is that his opponents want a rightwing party or nothing (essentially ignoring the members), and hence are hellbent on ruining what we had: a… Read full this story
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