Tom Watson reminds @UKLabour that it has a record it can defend rather than just destroy…

He reminded his Conference audience that the single-minded denunciation of its own government record (for the last six years, ie it is not simply a Corbyn problem) is no way to win in the future…

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  • woodkerne

    Watson’s was a good show for defeated party traditionalists. His ‘she didn’t get the unity email Jeremy’ rejoinder to heckler seemed to me rehearsed rather than off the cut, signalling a rallying point for #stayandfight. In the manoeuvring to come, Momentum (the victors) and Progress (the vanquished) have marked out their positions. So far less heralded in mainstream reporting is the pluralist Left grouping, Compass. As advocates for a new left-bloc politics of ‘progressive alliance’ conceived explicitly as a means of mitigating anticipated disaster in 2020, their significance will surely increase in the months ahead. It’ll be interesting to observe who among the leftfield antagonists is willing to accede to realpolitik by embracing and arguing for PR as a lead policy of strategic alliance with Greens as well Welsh, Irish and Scottish nationalists as ‘progressive alternative’, that is, to the futile fantasy of majority government to which Corbyn and McDonnell and most of the rest of the party, across the piece, remain wedded.