Gordon Brown urges Labour not to be party of protest by electing Corbyn
|Gordon Brown during his speech at the Royal Festival Hall|
Gordon Brown arrived at the Royal Festival Hall in London and after the usual introductions to the specially invited audience of party members and journalists, spent the next 50 minutes perambulating backwards and forwards across the platform wearing at least half an inch off the soles of his shoes and saying precisely nothing. That is, nothing that Blair, Straw, Clarke, Campbell, Kinnock, Johnson, Polly Toynbee and others including it is now revealed Mandellson have not said already.
Gordon Brown, the man who droned on about being “credible, radical, sustainable and electable” and (after selling off £billions of UK gold reserves) “economically credible”.
We would do well to remember that Brown is a man who has never won an election (apart from those in his own constituency) in his political life. The man who never stood in an election for the position of leader of the Labour party and yet became its leader, a man who never stood before the British people as the person to become Prime Minister and yet was “anointed” to the post in 2007 (only to be defeated at a General election less than 3 years later).
The same man who, while pacing around the meeting room, giving a speech heavy with “thinly veiled warnings”, revealed the true nature of his Labour party and paradoxically why thousand of people are flocking to join the party and why there is growing support amongst the public for Jeremy Corbyn.
Gordon Brown reiterated what others, including the other 3 candidates, Polly Toynbee and other journalists have argued over recent years that power is necessary in order to implement programmes and consequently, as Toynbee put it (4th August 2015 and repeated by Alan Johnson the following day) “you have to win power to get anywhere at all. Once in power, with the levers of persuasion, you can take people further than you dare tread in opposition”. This proposition, so popular with the right in the Parliamentary Labour party and elements of the wider party, sections of the press and other media press, emphatically states that the Labour party the holds the opinion that it is acceptable and even desirable, to lie, cheat and deceive the people of this country with hypocritical promises of anything and everything in exchange for their votes in a General election. It is this attitude that has soured the perception of politics and has given credibility to the public view that “They are all the same once they get elected”.
|Jeremy Corbyn stands for making a clean break with Tory policies,|
Jeremy Corbyn has changed all that by providing a new emphasis, where policies and principle are more important than personalities and sound bites, where truth and honesty are more important than hypocrisy and duplicity and where there is a vision that there is a real alternative to the “Westminster establishment” and the status quo. It is this that has attracted thousands of people into the Corbyn camp and it is this that the right fear. Bringing out the failed “old guard Grandees” of the party seems to have had little if any effect and if anything has hardened the determination to take the party back into the control of its members rather than the Westminster clique.
Gordon Brown spent 50 minutes yesterday saying nothing other than to repeat the tired old clichés of a section of the Labour party which will resort to any tactic in order to retain its grip on power.