Campaigns look crass when people are dying and fearful – and the country needs an opposition focused on exposing Tory folly, not internal contests
Emails from the Labour Party to members have announced the abandonment of all campaign activities and meetings in response to the coronavirus crisis, including the special conference in April to announce the results of the party’s leadership and deputy leadership contests.
One email, sent out today by Jeremy Corbyn, encourages members to get involved in community assistance activities while political campaigns are suspended:
But the party needs to go further and abandon its leadership elections until the crisis passes. Campaign emails that are still going out to members to ask for their votes unavoidably appear crass at a time when people are suffering fear and uncertainty and the death toll is mounting:
And a country ravaged by a pandemic and the worries, upheaval and grief that come with it needs stability – especially when the government is run by fools who are recklessly experimenting with the lives of the people they are sworn to protect as their most important duty.
Now is not the time for upheaval and transition in the Labour Party – one that should be holding the Tories to account and trumpeting Boris Johnson’s folly, not distracted by campaigns and the uncertainty of change.
Jeremy Corbyn, his front bench team and Labour’s National Executive Committee need to act immediately – and call off the elections until the COVID-19 crisis is well and truly behind us.
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