Next week’s Labor convention could be Sir Keir Starmer’s last chance to unify his party and establish a compelling vision for the country if he suffers a ballot-box defeat in the 2019 general election, less than a year later. Repetition is to be avoided. , warned prominent leftist John McDonnell.
Sir Keir must break through activist “disappointment” with his leadership by reinstating Whip to predecessor Jeremy Corbyn and policies on issues such as ending child poverty, abolishing university tuition fees and delivering a “Green New Deal” on climate. A radical platform should be set up. Emergency including public ownership of major industries, former shadow chancellor told Granthshala.
Mr McDonnell asked Sir Keir to take lessons from US President Joe Biden, who he said was ruling as a moderate centrist, implementing a radical program largely devised by leftists, Including Bernie Sanders, a former challenger for the Democrat nomination.
While he would not expect the leader to endorse all of his predecessor’s views, he could hire him to build support for Labour, with Mr McDonnell declaring: “Jeremy may rallied to Keir Starmer. “
If, instead, he chose to “ignore the kind of policies trajectory we’ve had in this recent period”, he was going to have a “really difficult conference”, Mr McDonnell said.
Mr Sanders will join Mr McDonnell in a series of events at the edge of the Brighton gathering by video link, which is being addressed by the veteran left wing, and Mr Corbyn, whose high-profile presence has been criticized by some in Starmer’s inner circle. suspected by. Trying to divert attention from the message that the party is under a new leadership.
Although Mr Corbyn is suspended from the parliamentary Labor Party over his comments on an anti-Semitic report, Mr McDonnell said he expected the former leader to attend the main conference as well as the Momentum-backed The World Transformed Festival.
But he insisted that the Corbinites were not seeking a confrontation with Sir Keir in Brighton.
“No one on the left is looking for a fight,” said Mr McDonnell. “What we want to see is a Labor government.
“We want to see a party that is truly united on the basis of a radical policy program that reflects the needs of our community. If it does not emerge at the convention, there will be a sense of despair among our membership and this Totally unnecessary.”
Mr McDonnell urged Sir Keir to resist any advice to try to define himself by taking elements in his party, as did Neil Kinnock when he spoke of the Militant at the 1985 convention in Bournemouth. was condemned.
“One thing we were taught in 1987 and 1992 is that people will not vote for a divided party,” he said. “At the end of the day it just causes more division.”
Mr McDonnell said he was trying to convince Starmer’s shadow cabinet of the urgency to establish Labor’s main vision in the minds of voters as soon as possible, rather than wait until the close of the election, which is currently the case. Scheduled for 2024, but he believes it is more likely to come in 2023 – or even 2022, if Boris Johnson tries to get it out of the way before a public inquiry into its handling of Covid .
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