Lisa Nandy: Labour must help its own voters to ‘take back control’.

A quick break in the drama of the Labour leadership election, or for those still crying into a Remainers cup of camomile tea: Lisa Nandy MP makes a decent fist of outlining what Labour might usefully do next.

In short, get over it. Find ways to get Labour’s voter base some real control over their lives with real policies that are likely to make a difference to the lives of a whole tranche of voters neglected since the early 80s.

Her point about devolution is particularly well made. Although anything that doesn’t find a means to ensure local government is above tampering by successful PMs is probably due to fail in the longer run.

BTW Corbynistas are inclined to call Ms Nandy  Blairite since she quit the Shadow Cabinet. In my limited experience of meeting her, she is anything but. But do listen, and decide for yourselves.

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  • chrisjones2

    But Labour feeds off this Tsunami of fear. That is their problem. Many party members who have infiltrated the party to impose their own extremist versions (and they have many different versions) of socialism. Others are infiltraters from left wing unions whose bosses seek personal power without the tedioum of an election of accountability to the voters

    The only way to overcome this is incisive leadership by a person who can bind the party together, broker agreement on a way forward and give some hope of delivery. Instead they are saddled with a serial protester. A man who falls out with almost every rational leader in his party. A man . whose personal; behaviour and indifference alienates those might otherwise support him.

    They are utterly doomed

  • Gingray

    Doomed? Not likely, but they will not win anything any time soon. They will be back as a party however

  • chrisjones2

    ….back as 2 parties each much diminished

  • MainlandUlsterman

    Owen Jones is now Blairite according to them 🙂

  • kensei

    Owen Smith has pledged a £8.25 minimum wage if he becomes Prime Minister. The Living wage will be £9 by the time of the next election. Fair enough he’s pledged to remove age distinctions, but I’m not sure that is wise, for under 21s at least. Is this really the best sort of policy Labour can come up with?

    Nothing has convinced me that the right of the Labour party would be any more use than the left. The whole party needs to work through it’s spasm.

  • Katyusha

    A man who falls out with almost every rational leader in his party.”

    Care to name one of these leaders?
    Labour have been looking for one and can’t find them. Odd, because if they’d gotten into a falling out with Corbyn you’d think their name would be all over the BBC News and the Guardian.

    Regarding the view of trade union “entryism”, Labour is supposed to be the voice of the same movement as the Trade Unions. Instead, they’ve sidelined them, ignored them and taken their voters and support for granted. A monumental error, as it turns out.

  • mickfealty

    Well, the left’s contention is that it has never been any good. Most of it is rhetoric. Whoever leads needs to do some heavy lifting on policy though.

    Housing is a massive issue, and so is real devolution of power from Westminster. Both are areas where consensus will be difficult, but not impossible.

    Voters aren’t interested in what the Marketeers and PPE graduates have to say about anything until or unless Labour (left and right, it’s fantasy to think it can operate effectively under FPTP without unity) gets its hands dirty on the real crap besetting their lives.

    Chris Dillow is bang on here: Labour needs some entreprise on where to go next, because the tracks of the past have led it to this particularly nasty impasse.

  • chrisjones2

    Benn for example?


    A large number of the PLP

    Instead all thats left is Corbyn and the crud of greasy pole climbers who know nothing outside London