Skip to content
This day’s portion

Murder in the cathedral – on Labour's tragedy (more Hamlet, really)

| Comments

Maybe I’ll post something more cogent on Labour’s tragedy soon, but, as the players learn their fate and the clock hands approach 12, here are a few thoughts:

  • Andy Burnham’s problem was that nobody outside the “Westminster Bubble” uses the phrase “Westminster Bubble”.
  • Liz Kendall’s problem was that she ignored the constituency and mouthed stuff about learning hard lessons; true enough, but they were the wrong lessons.
  • Yvette Cooper’s problem was starting too slowly, too timidly; again, she hasn’t grasped the austerity nettle. But she is the best Middle England candidate, where she’ll be known simply as Yvette.
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s great accidental strength was simply being against austerity. As such, hundreds of thousands projected their desires onto an old hippy. None of the other candidates, to borrow a horrible business term, were agile enough to realise this and adapt their message (Hamlet’s decadent court, if you like).
  • Only Corbyn occupied the real, traditional, social/liberal democratic centre. That means he wins, which must be incredibly frustrating for those who thought they were the centre candidate.
  • 3 quid voters won’t win a general election.
  • Jeremy Corbyn – one of too many jesters – won’t win a general election.
  • Ed Miliband (another jester) made a fatal error, but it just may save the Labour party because it will have to bury and overcome its recent history (your tragedy’s ghosts).
  • Loyal and hardy footsoldiers were actually leafleting during the high tragedy.
  • The best hope for Labour is that the whole tragedy (or farce) does indeed end in a good old bloodbath. From the ashes rises a proper leader of the old centre, who slays Brown Blairite ghosts and the hippy king. Your Fortinbras.


Add a comment

Required fields marked * I won’t publish or share your email address. Privacy statement.

Comments are moderated and won’t appear straight away. Subscribe to the comments feed to see when new comments are published.

No comments yet 🦉.