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TOPIC: Labour’s right wing is vanishing. Who cares?

Labour’s right wing is vanishing. Who cares? 26 Mar 2018 08:56 #6654

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UNLEASH the bloodhounds. Mobilise the sleuths. This is serious. An entire once-dominant wing of a national political party has gone missing and no-one seems bothered in the slightest.

That’s correct. Labour’s right wing has totally vanished without trace, apparently leaving the party with only a centre-left and a wild Corbynista Momentum rabble replete with Stalinist incomers from Straight Left and the Communist Party of Britain.

Labour First describes itself as “moderate,” so it backs Nato, nuclear weapons, EU membership and keeping the party “safe from the organised hard left and those who seek to divert us from the work of making life better for ordinary working people and their families.”

Most parties of whatever complexion have a left, a right and various gradations in between, but not Labour.

The nearest equivalent to this phenomenon must be those self-marking assessments in which men are asked to grade themselves as below average, average or above average in such key pursuits as driving or sexual performance and everyone is above average, making average as non-existent as the right in Labour.

The Labour Party’s right wing used to have two distinct, though mutually supportive, flavours — Labour First and Progress.

Labour First describes itself as “moderate,” so it backs Nato, nuclear weapons, EU membership and keeping the party “safe from the organised hard left and those who seek to divert us from the work of making life better for ordinary working people and their families.”

It distinguishes itself from Progress by insisting that trade unions must be “an integral part of our party.”

Progress was the original Blairite pressure group inside Labour, set up in 1996 and bankrolled by former supermarket boss Lord Sainsbury who pulled the plug last June, announcing he would concentrate on charity donations in future rather than party-political causes.

New circumstances demand radical solutions, so Progress suggested it might recruit more members to provide new finance now its sugar daddy has walked out.

It has hooked up with Labour First to present a slate of candidates, headed by ex-Hackney Labour councillor, former national executive committee (NEC) member and Labour First mainstay Luke Akehurst, for the constituencies section of this year’s NEC elections.

But they self-describe as “centre-left,” which must have involved selective amnesia for Akehurst who proclaimed in the different political climate of 2011: “Labour First, then, as now, the network for the traditional right of the Labour Party.”

Another symptom of changing times is his clarion call for an “NEC where all the traditions and currents of opinion in the Labour Party are represented.”

He contrasts this with an NEC “dominated by one faction pursuing a narrow and partisan agenda about its own internal control of the party,” which can surely only be a stinging criticism of how Tony Blair and his allies stitched up the NEC as his catspaw.


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www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/labour-s-right-wing-is-vanishing-who-cares
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