Wanda Lozinska’s reflections on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party

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Who is to blame for Labour’s current problems? Not Jeremy Corbyn, but selfish, self-indulgent right-wing New Labour MPs refusing to do their handsomely paid jobs and continually undermining him – fuelling the flagrant press and TV who are biassed against him, serving a privileged Establishment terrified at the prospect of a Corbyn victory putting an end to their greedy, tax-evading ways.

Blair and right-wing Labour MPs ‘took over’ the party’ in the 1990s, eventually rendering it indistinguishable from the Tories. Labour lost five million core voters – a major reason for the 2010 and 2015 defeats.

Corbyn in York, May 2017

Many are now returning to Labour as they see Corbyn bringing Labour back to the Party’s original values, in a forward-looking way. Corbyn has attracted at least 350,000 new members, which at approaching 600,000 makes Labour Europe’s largest political party.

He has inspired many people, young and old – people with no previous interest in politics, to whom he relates, unlike previous Labour leaders. All are far more likely to vote for a Corbyn-led party.

Non-voters, mostly the poorest in our society, felt the previous Labour Party would be of no help to them. Corbyn is determined that everyone should have a better life.

In Corbyn’s first nine months as leader, Labour provided strong and effective opposition, forcing numerous embarrassing U-turns, defeating the Tories at least 22 times and preventing some of their worst excesses.

A Corbyn-led Labour Party represents ordinary people, ‘the many’, the 99% and won’t give tax breaks to multi-millionaires whilst children go hungry and ever-more working people have to resort to food banks.

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Wanda urges all to get behind him with all the support we can muster, to help this good man deliver his vision for a better, kinder, fairer and more equal society, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

 

 

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Posted on May 5, 2018, in Democracy, Economy, Education, Government, Inequality, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you Wanda

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  2. Wanda Lozinska

    Here’s the original text, which appeared in the Stroud News and Journal, in September 2016.

    I sympathise with Allison Hope’s frustration (SNJ letters, 17 August) that the Conservatives are in government and creating so much pain for innocent, vulnerable people.

    However I strongly disagree that Jeremy Corbyn is to blame for Labour’s current problems, rather than selfish, self-indulgent MPs refusing to do their handsomely paid jobs.

    Under Blair, Labour lost 5 millions core voters – a major reason for the 2010 and 2015 losses. Many are now returning to Labour in droves, as they see Corbyn bringing Labour back to the Party’s original values, yet in a forward-looking way.

    Corbyn has attracted at least 350,000 new members, which at approaching 600,000 makes Labour Europe’s largest political party.

    He has inspired many people, young and old – people with no previous interest in politics, to whom he relates, unlike previous Labour leaders. All are far more likely to vote for a Corbyn-led party.

    In Stroud in 2015, almost one in four voters were not inspired to vote, but Labour lost by just 8%. These non-voters, mostly the poorest in our society, felt the previous Labour Party would be no help to them. Corbyn is determined that everyone should have a better life.

    The commentariat mythology that has grown up over the 1983 election defeat must be challenged.

    Corbyn is not “unelectable” in the same way that Michael Foot lost that election. The main reason was the Tories’ jingoistic popularity surrounding the Falklands War. Also the SDP split; today’s MPs mustn’t make the same mistake. Much of Foot’s manifesto was, indeed, later incorporated by Blair’s government!

    In Corbyn’s short time as leader, Labour has provided strong and effective opposition, forcing numerous embarrassing U-turns, defeating the Tories at least 22 times and preventing some of their worst excesses.

    And all this despite the flagrant and now proven press and TV bias against him, and some Labour MPs continually undermining him.

    Under such difficult circumstances, to have accomplished what they have done – winning by-elections with increased majorities, winning four mayoralships, and staying well ahead of the Tories in Local elections – is actually an astounding achievement.

    If people say they won’t vote for a Corbyn-led party, it’s because they’ve been misled by propagandist press articles and biased TV reports from a privileged Establishment terrified at the prospect of a Corbyn victory.

    Once Corbyn’s leadership is re-confirmed, everyone must get behind him with all the support we can muster, to help this lovely man deliver on his vision for a better, kinder, fairer and more equal society, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

    Wanda Lozinska, Stroud

    I re-posted it on Facebook in 2017 with this introduction:
    “Once Corbyn’s leadership is re-confirmed, everyone must get behind him with all the support we can muster, to help this lovely man deliver on his vision for a better, kinder, fairer and more equal society, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

    More letters on here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/795980580581637/

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