Corbyn’s statement – which includes a subtle nose-thumbing at Starmer about his five decades as a party member – reads:
Conference is the most important event in the Labour Party’s calendar. It’s a time for our movement to come together to decide on our goals and priorities and it’s our best chance outside of an election to tell the people of Britain what we stand for and what we will do in government.
We meet at a time of great change and crisis, perhaps larger than any other time in my 50 plus years of party membership. Our movement has the answers to the big questions of the age – inequality, the climate crisis and the pandemic – but our leaders are failing to listen and put these solutions front and centre.
At Conference, I hope to hear how Labour will bring in a wealth tax to fund a National Care Service like the NHS, will take the radical action needed to decarbonise by 2030, stand against the drumbeat of a new Cold War, and will rein in the runaway wealth and power of a tiny elite. I know our trade unions and members have developed these policies.
But Corbyn himself knows his hopes are likely to be forlorn. His statement continues:
But the signs are that the party leadership wants to try to shut down debate, sideline the members and trade unions with the end result that Labour props up rather than challenges our broken political and economic system.
Sadly, with Keir Starmer, his sidekick – for now – David Evans and the rest of the Labour right focused on trying to destroy the left and wall up the party’s doors, as well as protecting purge-architect Evans from the consequences of his conduct when delegates vote on whether he stays in a job, Corbyn’s noble hopes are likely to remain unfulfilled, while his prediction of Starmer’s abandonment of the public in pursuit of his aims of purging the left and hobbling the unions is a racing certainty.
But Corbyn’s vision certainly shows what Labour lost when he was manoeuvred out by the right at the cost of destroying the party – and what a walking disaster replaced him.
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