Letters: Nick Vinehill, August 28, 2015

25/08/15  SA''Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn MP meets reporters and party supporters as he attends a rally in Hedge End.'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151404-5) PPP-150825-204323006
25/08/15 SA''Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn MP meets reporters and party supporters as he attends a rally in Hedge End.'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151404-5) PPP-150825-204323006
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Will many elected Labour MPs today, whose useless neo-liberal reformist policies they espouse have just lost Labour two elections in a row plus thousands of natural Labour voters to the likes of UKIP, yet still have the nerve to argue that a Jeremy Corbyn leadership victory would condemn Labour to electoral oblivion, be prepared to resign their seats and seek re-selection as Labour candidates in the event of a Corbyn victory?

After all, if that’s how they feel, what have they got to lose, apart from their generous parliamentary salaries, expenses and second homes (in most cases). The reality is Jeremy Corbyn is no radical Marxist or Trotskyite. He’s just an unflappable traditional North London devoted constituency Labour politician who’s never relied on charisma, but who’s merely stuck to his previous principles (albeit they’re not completely flawless or infallible). It’s obvious he never had any clear leadership aspirations in the past otherwise he would have stood in 2010, and he’s more or less made it quite clear he only stood for leader this time to give the contest a bit of balance unlike the last time. It’s only because Labour has swung to the right over the last 30 years in order to supposedly make itself more electable that the likes of Mr Corbyn are deemed by the popular media as ‘left wing’ and therefore in their eyes ‘conveniently unelectable’!

What his right wing challengers Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper find so frustrating is that in order to challenge him they have to prove how they fundamentally differ from Tory policies and that is why Mr Corbyn’s campaign at the time of writing makes him the clear favourite because they are unable to do so.

Nick Vinehill

Southgate Court, Snettisham