Letters: Nick Vinehill, September

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Whatever the long-term consequences are for the Labour opposition after Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership triumph, his victory has at least underlined how the majority of Labour MPs who voted against him on the grounds he’ll make Labour unelectable (despite the fact it was their policies that lost Labour the last two elections) are themselves wholly out of touch with rank and file Labour activists who voted for Corbyn in their droves.

The reality is many of these right wing Labour MPs are the product of the New Labour modernisation process which began in the eighties but in reality and much to the obvious delight of the Tories, it was merely a gimmick to accept the main thrust of Tory policies and ideology but expressed in a frothy centrist way that appeared attractive to many Labour and middle England voters at the time. Now that Corbyn has won these Labour MPs are just frightened that even Corbyn’s mild left wing capitalist proposals will expose them as the right wingcapitalist apologists they really are.

A Corbyn-led Labour opposition’s first priority therefore must be to democratise the Labour Party again and reduce the gulf that clearly exists between Labour’s Parliamentary Party MPs and Labour grass root activists so that Labour MPs become truly representative of what his leadership victory signifies but more essentially of what Labour tries to stand for anyway.

It’s common sense. If current sitting Labour MPs don’t like the fact Corbyn has won and are going to spend all their time colluding with the capitalist media denigrating his leadership solely to promote their own professional political career interests in Labour then they should resign their seats immediately and put themselves up for reselection as Labour candidates against other Labour candidates who recognise the democratic decision that’s just been exercised.

Nick Vinehill