This post is based on a series of tweets by a well-known Labour campaigner, who has asked the SKWAWKBOX to help get the word out. This blog is glad to help, as the advice is excellent (and fits perfectly with this post about the lessons real Labour supporters need to draw from the Copeland by-election), and asks you to do the same by digesting and saving this information:
Use your time and energy – don’t squander it
Corbyn supporters, don’t get in to arguments on Twitter with people fundamentally at odds with the essence of party. Instead, organise in your local CLPs (constituency Labour party – the key ‘on the ground’ organisational unit of the party), where Left influence can have the most fundamental effect.
Control the Labour Conference
Most important thing for Left Labour right now is to ensure a majority of left delegates at conference to push through rule changes that will lower the number of Labour MPs that a left-wing candidate needs to enter the leadership contest. This will ensure there is always a left-wing candidate for the membership to support – which will prevent the right-wingers from derailing Labour and will do much to discourage their continued attempted sabotage.
Momentum has had its problems recently, but it’s still the best-positioned organisation for supporters to co-ordinate and maximise their influence across the country. As well as joining Momentum, also consider the LRC, Red Labour, CLPD and other left-wing organisations, to build your networks and contacts.
Keep your perspective
A large part of the country won’t even have known there were elections last week, remember social media is an organisation tool, but also a bubble.
Be an activist on and offline
You can share information online very effectively, but winning win people over on Twitter etc is much harder. The key battleground in the revolution is offline – and with over half a million members, no party is better positioned to win it than Labour. Talk to your family, friends, neighbours to counteract the media propaganda – chances are, BBC News and the like is their main source of information – unless you make it you.
Speak in simple, plain English, not political jargon. Explain – in plain English – exactly why their hospitals, employment rights and schools are being destroyed by the Tories. Jargon is a useful shorthand – when both parties understand the language – but it’s a bad habit and we need to communicate our ideas in words anyone can understand.
Use social media where it works
Social media are a great networking tool, so while it’s not great for winning people over, if you have people on Facebook and Twitter that you see eye-to-eye with, create groups, share ideas, help each other get ready for the offline battle.
What we can do for each other
The movement has an obligation to you to provide you with information and facts, we will give you the resources. In return, it needs you to be its champions where you live, work and socialise.
We need to – and will – devise new campaigning methods and come up with effective ways to change the apathy for politics.
Genuine grassroots change
We need to change Labour from the bottom up – wholesale. The old politics is dead and eating itself. There’s no more time for ‘managed decline’ of an ever-dwindling Labour vote. We will not ‘make a pitch’ to the country, we’ll bring the country into our movement so they can march with us as stakeholders.
Choose your battles
Please, let’s ignore those who wish to tie up our energy in unproductive chatter. Instead, let’s make waves in ways that will benefit our movement.
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