A search for roots and connections
Publisher: Le Monde diplomatique
Date Written: 01/06/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23209
The post-third-way Labour Party is trying to encourage its many new activist members, especially among the young, to turn the party into a social movement.
To understand the forces shaping the future of the Labour Party, it helps to look at the improbable rise of its leader Jeremy Corbyn from near political death. For under Tony Blair's leadership, the Labour left in parliament was dismissed as a sealed tomb of MPs from a bygone age, shrinking in numbers as they lost their seats, retired or died.
This explains the shock and incomprehension on the party's right, and in mainstream media, when Corbyn rose through his appeal to those, especially the young, disaffected by Blair's accommodation with corporate global elites and his support for President George W Bush's war on Iraq. MPs on Labour's right and centre, who oppose Corbyn's leadership (although their challenge enabled him to strengthen his base through new party membership), will take any opportunity to re-inter him. They are too far removed from that popular base to understand his appeal.