“a symptom of a shallow and hubristic attitude towards political engagement.”

This is a fascinating insight to current goings on in UK Labour, which for me highlights the lack of real change at a governance level inside the party sufficient to make the recent inflow of new members count:

The idlenesses of many Corbynites, is a symptom of a shallow and hubristic attitude towards political engagement. Where political convictions can be satisfied by a simple signal of virtue — rather than the slogging work to bring about change.

It’s worth noting that many actively campaigning members of UK Labour do still support Corbyn, and many are neither in Momentum or indeed late joiners. The governance failure lies in a lack of capacity to harness this energy with tasks aligned with voter needs and a vision which is capable of making Labour an electable force again.

The party is now faced with a range of opponents, from the Greens, Lib Dems, SNP (who now own Labour’s former core vote), Plaid and the Tory party, each of which are making easy capital at their expense. Voters are nowhere near as interested as new members in signals of virtue as much as material change.

  • woodkerne

    You’re right, a fascinating piece and hard to disagree with, especially at a distance from the minutiae of ward politics informing the writer’s worm’s eye view of recent events. Her experience of the Momentum membership surge seems to bear out the charge that most are ‘clickivists’ rather than traditional political anaoraks committed to the weekly grind of leafleting, local campaigns, fund raising, and resolutions. Am not clear what Layo means by ‘moderate’. Perhaps it is a shorthand. From the unapologetic Left, my beef with the Corbyn faction is their opportunism and unethical determination to capture the party’s policy platform from a minority position in the PLP, relying on the mechanism of the leadership election (introduced under Miliband as a means of limiting union power in the party) to dislodge the party’s traditionally centrist motive force. Corbyn’s opposition to PR is indicative, it seems to me, of a foolishly utopian belief in the future prospect of a transformative socialist (Bennite/Corbynist) government. Attached to this unreality, he opposes the latest iteration of a politics of ‘progressive alliance’. This, and the manifest failure of leadership, demonstrated by the preference for preaching to the converted (he’d like nothing more than a third leadership campaign), are evidence of his failure to understand that the material basis left-social democracy depends upon building an electoral coalition in the country. Islington isn’t the country.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Good to see new/old Labour imploding yet again. Momentum versus the grass roots. Spin versus delusion. New Year / new leader – lets get a working opposition back into British politics and hold the Conservatives to some sort of account. We are facing the most significant two years in a generation with no meaningful opposition, beyond, perhaps, the SNP.

  • Gingray

    Throw in UKIP too as an opponent taking votes, not maybe enough to win seats, but enough to require a different message in the North of England compared to London.

    The Unite election could be interesting, McCluskey should win, but if he doesn’t could be mayhem.