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Monday, 23 May 2016

Analysing a campaign by a party which no longer bears any resemblance to the Labour party of today, is a very futile exercise.

Labour activists in 2015 'were like middle-class Ryanair passengers'

Tristram Julian William Hunt

How strange it is, or perhaps not that strange,  that a number of the defeated candidates (or others who stood down before the first and only ballot), from the Labour Leadership elections of last year, are now the "leaders" of the concerted efforts within the PLP to grasp every opportunity to to undermine the democratically elected leadership of the party. Amongst these stands Tristram Julian William Hunt, the son of  Baron Hunt of Chesterton and educated at an exclusive Independent School in London, Trinity College Cambridge, University of Chicago and later at Kings College Cambridge. I have nothing against a good education, nor even a semi aristocratic background, but I have great objection where the individuals concerned assume or worse, sincerely believe, that such a background grants them some automatic right to be the commander of the group, the font of all knowledge and wisdom, the only true voice of political principle and in being so grants the additional right to patronise and party activist and member.
In a forthcoming work, edited by Hunt, the comment that campaigners were like middle-class Ryanair passengers “having to stomach a couple of hours’ flight with people they shared little in common with”, is endorsed by Hunt with his own added observation that, “If we are in any way serious about taking on anti-politics and reclaiming the cultural affinity of the working class then unnecessary metropolitan squeamishness is simply unacceptable – nurturing a civic English patriotism is now absolutely essential,” whatever that means.

Jon Cruddas

Jon Cruddas with his own inquiry and report into  the 2015 General election, joins Hunt in the stale and now redundant analysis of a campaign by a party which no longer bears any resemblance to the "Torylite" Labour party of the 2015 election. There is a distinct change in Labour party policies and in party direction since the last General election. There is a new leadership and a new approach to the way "we do politics". Hunt and Cruddas may not like the change in the party mood and emphasis and would prefer a return to a more Blairite party. Certainly there are elements within the PLP who are incensed that their positions of influence and power over the party has been greatly reduced. However, Hunt and Cruddas, seem to have again chosen the wrong option in pouring over 2015 election data when there is a brand new game on the board. Seeking to undermine, however subtly, the present leadership with analysis from another age, seems a little unnecessary  and is certainly gratuitous