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  • New Labour leader/ direction
  • Premier Icon ransos
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    Why?

    The lies of 2016 weren’t properly challenged. The same team have repeated exactly the same strategy to win in 2019. What will happen between now and the next election to protect democracy from this approach? Why assume it won’t be just as successful next time?

    It seems to me that the approach of a simple, populist message is the route to victory here and in the US. The truth of that message seems to be much less important.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    You are the mental case, it was Corbyns dithering that lost the seats, labours failure to make the case against brexit, instead promising just another tweaked breit

    So not arguing more strongly for Remain is why they lost in Leave areas?

    Premier Icon rone
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    So labour lose in pretty much every northern heartland leave voting seat and the solution is to put in place a London based lawyer,who architected the very policy which lost those seats and is a passionate, committed remainer? Are you all mental?

    Agree with you.

    But easier to not do the mental comment – it spirals the discusssion down. Look how MSP responded.

    Look – the centrists are never going to get it. It was first about Corbyn then about Brexit and then about Corbyn again after he appeased them. (The centrist / remainer party lost their leader remember.)

    Doesn’t matter – he’s going now. Let’s move on. We were always getting Brexit one form or another.

    As for Binners he thought a minority Labour Government so he clearly didn’t think (like me) it was going to be all bad.

    Premier Icon schrickvr6
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    It will be a Blair 2.0 or they’ll get the same media dissection as Corbyn.

    Premier Icon piemonster
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    It has to be woman. It has to be a leave sympathiser, and it has to be someone who connects with the working class.

    I don’t think the gender is all that important. No good it being a Labour Jo Swinson, if you can find a Labour Nicola you might be on to something. But they do need to actually want leaving the EU to work, I’ll agree with that.

    I’m not sure everyone is recommending a London metro candidate btw. So no need for “all”.

    Premier Icon MSP
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    So not arguing more strongly for Remain is why they lost in Leave areas?

    Yes, they failed to make the argument as to why they had beened conned by brexit, the far right and the 1 percenters, FFS they didn’t even try. Imagine your parents fall for a 419 scam, do you do everything in your power to stop it, or do you recommend transferwise because then they get the best rates transferring their life savings to Nigeria. Labour did the later by just promising a different brexit.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    If you’re missing Binners… tune into James O’Brien on LBC right now… he’s doing a Binners on steroids this morning. Go and swear at the radio.

    Premier Icon MSP
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    Look – the centrists are never going to get it

    I am not a centrist, I have never been a centrist, I am way to the left of most people on here, so you can also **** of with that sneering label. What I am is a realist, I know that most people aren’t going to vote for the policies I want so there is a need to sell the start of the process towards of moving to the left, demonstrate the benefits and give people security and freedom currently missing from their lives, before taking the next step.

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    Labour cut their balls off years ago when they helped nobble the unions.

    I can’t see a resurgence until there’s a whole new generation in the leadership.

    In Scotland they have to get behind independence or they will be completely eliminated (just one seat now).

    Premier Icon outofbreath
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    Why?
    The lies of 2016 weren’t properly challenged. The same team have repeated exactly the same strategy to win in 2019. What will happen between now and the next election to protect democracy from this approach? Why assume it won’t be just as successful next time?

    Well if you’re going to argue that lies are popular then, yes, I guess politicians will have to lie from now on. I don’t agree with the premise that lies are popular, I think the electorate punish lies.

    I also don’t accept lies were successful this time, Boris didn’t really “win”, he didn’t run a good campaign his approval rating was negative. Labour just picked policies and people that were never going to win no matter how much Boris pissed off voters. The Tory campaign this time is not an example of a campaign that will need to be emulated, quite the opposite.

    Going back to the original question the main reason to lie is to generate “hate-sharing” and Labour don’t need hate sharing their followers share stuff widely. In which case there shouldn’t be a need for Labour to join in.

    …but regards lies, if you have an electorate that want to be lied to there’s nothing you can do. If you have someone judging and policing the lies of politicians than you aren’t a democracy, you have a dicatorship and the ‘lie policeman’ is your dicator.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    What I am is a realist, I know that most people aren’t going to vote for the policies I want so there is a need to sell the start of the process towards of moving to the left, demonstrate the benefits and give people security and freedom currently missing from their lives, before taking the next step.

    Same here. I’m of the left… and agree with Corbyn on nuclear disarmament and other issues he has compromised on as leader. But I am not representative of the British public. I want a government that will give us some left wing policies, and aim to make life better for all in the UK… we won’t get that with a Tory government… and we’ll only ever get Tory government unless Labour tries to win over voters who are not of the left (or we get voting reform).

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Going back to the original question the main reason to lie is to generate “hate-sharing”

    Over simplification. Key lies (£350 million a week for the NHS, 40 new hospitals) were not about hate sharing.

    Premier Icon sadmadalan
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    Sorry but Labour need to look at root and branch reform. This election should have been an easy win for Labour. Inept leadership in not recognising that Brexit was a done deal and the total inability to deal with the anti-semantic issue were just the headlines. It went much, much further. The inability of the members to recognise that you can’t have every thing that you want and must focus on the key parts.

    The promises in the manifesto were wild that any child with an abacus could have worked out that they were unaffordable. They needed to focus on a small number of points (e.g NHS, Social Care, Education). Wholesale re-nationalisation of water plus other services is not wanted by large blocks of the population and allow the opposition parties to drag the focus away from Labours message.

    Michael Foot lost an election by less. It took Labour years to get back to being electable. Without recognising where they are means that this process has yet to start. Momentum should be banned by Labour, it is in effect a party within a party. Sadly it is probably going to take another loss before the penny drops

    Premier Icon outofbreath
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    Key lies (£350 million a week for the NHS, 40 new hospitals) were not about hate sharing.

    Yes they were. The first is the classic textbook example that brought the whole idea of hatesharing to the UK conciousness and the hospitals was the prime example from this election.

    Premier Icon DrJ
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    Well if you’re going to argue that lies are popular then, yes, I guess politicians will have to lie from now on. I don’t agree with the premise that lies are popular, I think the electorate punish lies.

    Well we’ll get a sneak preview of that when Trump is re-elected. Nobody cares about the truth – maybe that’s partly the fault of the internet – you can write anything you like and it is immediately published without any editorial intervention, or accountability.

    Premier Icon the-muffin-man
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    What on earth will people chant at festivals next year!! 😱😱

    No more cries of “ooooooohhh Jeremy Corbyn, ooooooohhh Jeremy Corbyn, ooooooohhh Jeremy Corbyn!”.

    Premier Icon outofbreath
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    Michael Foot lost an election by less. It took Labour years to get back to being electable. Without recognising where they are means that this process has yet to start. Momentum should be banned by Labour, it is in effect a party within a party. Sadly it is probably going to take another loss before the penny drops

    This.

    Plus Michael Foot lost an election by less to a far better opponent. Love her or hate her, Thatcher was a natural leader who could garner votes. In contrast the Torys were on their knees 48 hours ago.

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    The Muffin Man, see here…

    Premier Icon outofbreath
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    Well we’ll get a sneak preview of that when Trump is re-elected.

    Good point, I hadn’t thought of him.

    Premier Icon butcher
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    You are the mental case, it was Corbyns dithering that lost the seats, labours failure to make the case against brexit, instead promising just another tweaked breit

    I have no doubt Brexit swung it, at least in my constituency, which just a few years ago to go Tory was unthinkable.

    However, even before Brexit, he was a communist, a terrorist sympathiser, stood against our armed forces, against our Royal family, against anyone wanting to make money, too divisive and uncharismatic too lead, and with a front bench of complete idiots. That’s not my opinion, it’s the opinion of those who voted against him before you even get to Brexit, and it’s an opinion that’s been held for a long time.

    They lost years ago and should have re-organised then. Without a huge shake-up Labour are done. There has been a complete reversal in political polarity here the Labour heartlands.

    Premier Icon P-Jay
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    Seems Corbyn’s back-tracking again. He’s now saying “I won’t lead Labour at the next election” but he’s not resigning. They’re going to have a “period of refection”.

    He’ll be bunkered down with Diane Abbott and John McDonnell trying to work out how to stay on for the next 4 and a bit years. Prick.

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    Yes, they failed to make the argument as to why they had beened conned by brexit, the far right and the 1 percenters, FFS they didn’t even try.

    Why? IMHO because the whole mess was used as a chance to get people to vote for a leader and policies they wouldn’t under other circumstances…

    What I am is a realist, I know that most people aren’t going to vote for the policies I want so there is a need to sell the start of the process towards of moving to the left, demonstrate the benefits and give people security and freedom currently missing from their lives, before taking the next step.

    What seems to have completely escaped momentum is that promoting anything as a radical change is a vote loser… and an easy target.
    FFS …. Brexit was sold as “not much change just better” … despite it being the biggest change in living history…

    Premier Icon joefm
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    They lost direction when they chose Ed over David Miliband. Downhill ever since.

    100% (Although Ed seems a far better choice than Corbyn). And probably why we’re in this mess. DM may have still lost in 2015 but at least he’d be less off the leave fence than JC was on and probably would have resulted in remain. Thanks Ed.

    Corbyn was hammered by the press, had a manifesto so full that it appeared to most people as fanciful bollocks. To the man in the street he was an IRA supporter and then there’s the anti-Semite stuff that happened and which he should have resigned over after the umpteenth occurrence. They were more afraid of Corbyn than Brexit. Wrong man.

    Corbyn will go. Just need to hope it’s a sensible person to take over that will appeal to most people.

    I miss Blair.

    Premier Icon dazh
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    You are the mental case

    You might want to calm down (although I note your little rant has been deleted). I wish I had the influence over national politics you claim, but I don’t. And I wasn’t calling anyone a mental case, it was a slightly tongue in cheek comment.

    Yes, they failed to make the argument as to why they had beened conned by brexit

    Complete denial. Is this what we’re gonna get for the next 5 years? It doesn’t matter any more, people voted for brexit in 2016, and then they did again yesterday. Remain lost, we’re leaving, for the good of your health get over it. There are many things the next labour leader has to get right, but first on the list is acknowledging this simple fact, and respecting the decision of the voters. Everything starts from this simple position.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    From last night..

    “Assuming BJ sees out his full term, it will be a full 50 years since a Labour leader other than Tony Blair was elected as PM.”

    There has to be a message there for the Labour Party. Either change tack to better represent the actual English electorate, or die waiting for its views to change

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I’ll say it again… Corbyn should stay leader for a while… he needs (and I mean this practically, not vindictively) to own this mess, give Labour time to work our where it goes next, and make sure the next leader’s “honeymoon period” isn’t wasted on the mess of 2020.

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    I miss Blair.

    Careful now the faithful will be screaming about all the extra funding our public services got, the record number of young people going to Uni, the longest period of economic growth in British History, the ending of the Troubles, the 3 elections on the bounce and the glorious sense of confidence and unity we enjoyed.

    No wait, they’ll just scream “Tory Scum” and the Iraq War.

    Premier Icon joefm
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    This.
    Plus Michael Foot lost an election by less to a far better opponent. Love her or hate her, Thatcher was a natural leader who could garner votes. In contrast the Torys were on their knees 48 hours ago.

    She also had some idea about reality.

    Kinnock made a great speech and kicked out a lot of the militants in Labour and possibly set the groundwork for New Labour. This needs to happen. Unfortunately momentum appear to behave like a cult.

    Premier Icon DrJ
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    There has to be a message there for the Labour Party. Either change tack to better represent the actual English electorate, or die waiting for its views to change

    Maybe that is the message for the country – we are in effect living in a one-party state, like Russia, whose policies are decided by oligarchs and the media they control. The only time another party (effectively the same party, but with a different name) is allowed is when the oligarchs divert their support temporarily.

    Exaggeration – sort of. But look at the facts – do the electorate actually care about the NHS? about the poor? the homeless? victims of Grenfell? and on and on. No – they don’t – they only care about some fake emotions whipped up by the Mail.

    Premier Icon dazh
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    he needs (and I mean this practically, not vindictively) to own this mess

    I made a prediction the other day on the election thread. It’s already panning out and gathering steam. The shock and disappointment is turning to anger, and the almost gleeful kneejerk ‘we told you so’ reaction of the usual suspects like Alan Johnson last night will come back to bite them. It’s going to be an extremely messy, chaotic, and depressing civil war. Forget any delusions about winning future elections, the battle now is an existential one. There’s a very high chance that in a year’s time there will be no labour party, at least not in it’s current form.

    Premier Icon joefm
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    Careful now the faithful will be screaming about all the extra funding our public services got, the record number of young people going to Uni, the longest period of economic growth in British History, the ending of the Troubles, the 3 elections on the bounce and the glorious sense of confidence and unity we enjoyed.
    No wait, they’ll just scream “Tory Scum” and the Iraq War.

    add NHS waiting times, end of child poverty.

    I can take it. He’d wipe the floor with this lot and I bet he would be re-elected. Trouble is Labours been hijacked

    Premier Icon P-Jay
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    I can take it. He’d wipe the floor with this lot and I bet he would be re-elected. Trouble is Labours been hijacked

    I think his Brand is too toxic now, but in his Day he’d have destroyed a Tory party as bad as we have now.

    Starmer could have all the strengths of Blair, without the Megalomaniac tendencies of his later career.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    reaction of the usual suspects like Alan Johnson last night will come back to bite them

    Alan Johnson isn’t just a “usual suspect”, he was the man tasked with leading the Labour Remain campaign in 2016, only to come up against Corbyn’s and his handlers. He became overly cynical and disillusioned with what has happened to Labour due to that experience. It’s both personal and political for him.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Yes, they failed to make the argument as to why they had beened conned by brexit, the far right and the 1 percenters, FFS they didn’t even try.

    So you think they should’ve gone all out for Remain? The Lib Dem debacle tells you all you need to know about that particular dead end.

    Premier Icon oldnpastit
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    There’s a very high chance that in a year’s time there will be no labour party, at least not in it’s current form.

    I think the electorate have made it clear that this is what they want.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    No wait, they’ll just scream “Tory Scum” and the Iraq War.

    Out of interest, how many dead brown people is an acceptable number? Blair was certainly a very capable politician with a clearly articulated vision, but was pretty much busted by 2005. Time to move on.

    Premier Icon mrmonkfinger
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    I hate the idea of leaving the EU but resigned to it. Lemons, etc.

    Corbyn needs to stay for a while until the mess has settled and a grown up decision about the next leader can happen. Although I think that’s pretty much what he has said, reading between the lines.

    But at that point, Labour have to recognise what will be electable is not policies or personas percieved as far left. Regardless of whether similar policies are used to great effect in Scandi countries.

    @DrJ absolutely; This is Tory England.

    Premier Icon Pook
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    Fervent Labour supporters really need to stop saying “Comrade” on social media.It both looks, and sounds ridiculous.

    Premier Icon timbo46
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    Give Diane a chance.

    Premier Icon mrmonkfinger
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    I think the electorate have made it clear that this is what they want

    The problem with saying that is that this GE had Brexit issue all mashed up with party politics.

    I can only hope that the next election will be fought on more sane ground.

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