I refer to Stephen Jackson’s letter in support of Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader.
Whilst I was grateful for Stephen’s vote in Bexhill Central for Ruairi McCourt and myself on May 7, I must differ with his analysis.
The attempt by Sussex Conservative MP Tim Loughton and other Conservatives to sign up as Labour supporters, presumably to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in order to wreck Labour’s chances of forming the next government, indicates why Corbyn should not be the next Labour leader.
If the Conservatives believe they can neutralise the Labour Party by getting him elected, then voting for him must assist their electoral agenda.
I have spoken individually with thousands of prospective voters over many years and have a feeling for their concerns and aspirations.
In order to deliver a better deal for working people on low incomes, Labour need to be able to form the next government.
To achieve this, and to be effective in government, Labour needs to regain and retain the confidence of the financial markets. Luís Lula da Silva, Workers’ Party President of Brazil 2002 – 2010, famously said that to defy the markets is like defying gravity.
This charismatic and successful president introduced the ‘zero hunger’ programme, the ‘family allowance’ and the ‘growth acceleration programme’, all from a sound financial base.
The Labour government led by Tony Blair abolished the scandal of patient trolleys queuing in corridors, built new hospitals, repaired leaking roofs in schools, introduced the minimum wage, introduced tax credits for low paid workers, achieved peace in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Kosovo as well as the longest period of continuous economic growth for 200 years.
This was achieved because Labour was elected to government and had gained the confidence of the financial markets as well as British industry. I believe all four candidates in Labour’s leadership election are sincere.
All their views have a place within the Labour family.
But, like Syriza in Greece, I believe that Jeremy Corbyn would be unlikely to gain the confidence of the business community or the financial markets, which would in turn cause the cautious British people not to risk electing him.
Liz Kendall has made some business supportive noises, but I don’t perceive her as having the personality to lead Labour yet.
Both Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper are excellent candidates. Andy exudes personal warmth. His vision of integrating health and social care will abolish bed blocking in hospitals, focussing resources where they are most needed.
Yvette has a masters’ degree in economics, has worked as the economics correspondent of the Independent newspaper and been chief secretary to the treasury.
Besides her sound grasp of economic fundamentals, she can be trusted to ensure Britain’s public finances remain sound, achieving economic growth whilst retaining and enhancing what might be left of the public services after five more years of damaging Conservative cuts targeted at those least able to fight back.
On balance, I am therefore supporting Yvette Cooper for Labour Leader.
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