Corbyn’s stratagem may be to shrink Labour to a small hard left party to wield disproportionate power in a hung parliament.
People forget that the party is not just the MPs. There are also the unions and the Constituency Labour Parties. There is also the membership. These appear to be overwhelmingly pro-Corbyn. Corbyn has already captured the Labour Party. It is too late for the MPs.
There is already a split in the party. There is Momentum and there is Progress. They are already fighting. I read in the last fortnight a publication by Momentum bemoaning the expulsion of a Momentum Labour councillor from ‘Progress’ Lambeth.
The remaining Labour will also exist after the MPs walk away from Corbyn. But the ‘coup’ MPs will have to create a new party structure without the unions and the other infrastructure. There may even be a High Court case over the right to use the name ‘Labour’.
Even after a snap election, Corbyn’s grouping, whatever it is called, will retain MPs. People like Dennis Skinner and the rest of the ‘awkward squad’ who reside on the opposition front benches below the gangway will be a part of this. He could have an electoral pact with the Greens to give them a free run in winnable seats.
Bear in mind that at the last election, the hard left secured a mere 36,000 votes or so as the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition. Corbyn will greatly improve on this score.
This means that for the first time, the hard left will have open parliamentary representation, without the need to hide and be hampered by the increasingly absurd broad church of the Labour Party. Bear in mind that Corbyn is a Privy Counsellor and has the right to receive security briefings.
If there is a general election, there may be another hung parliament. Small parties will be able to wield disproportionate amounts of power. One demand would be that proportional representation be introduced without a referendum. Should PR be introduced, Corbyn’s power is secure.
It was the fear of an SNP/Labour alliance that probably caused David Cameron to have an outright win, as well as an opposition vote split between Labour, Ukip, Lib Dems and the Greens.
Remember that in the 1970s that the small parties wielded disproportionate amounts of power as they kept first Wilson and then Callaghan in power. Ulster MPs were demanding a gas pipeline to Northern Ireland at a considerable cost to the taxpayer. The nationalists secured devolution referendums. It was the defeat in the referendums that caused the SNP to side with the Conservatives to bring down James Callaghan, which was a huge mistake for them.
It was Lenin who said ‘the worse, the better’. Political and also economic chaos will benefit the hard left, just as it did in the 1970s, when no British government could function without the consent of the hard left unions.
Also it is quite possible for those without power to plan over decades. The Left have been quietly educating our children in their values and it is no surprise that the young seem to be way more left-wing than when I was in my teens.
Corbyn has nothing to lose by staying on. He will fight to the last. He has always supported destruction of the existing order by any means necessary so he and his kind can rise from the ashes. He does not seek government. He seeks power. And those are two different things.
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