My first blogpost was about how I got to be where I am now, this one’s about where I go from here. To be honest, I don’t really know 🤔 I’m 71yrs old, 5mths older than Jeremy Corbyn but without a fraction of his vitality! That’s why my activism is entirely online, I lack mobility to do more.
That said, my work has become quite routine so starting this blog is a step in the right direction 😊 I hope to continue it with issues that particularly concern me.
All I can say for now is that I will vote for Richard Burgon as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party but will probably abstain on the Leadership election, there isn’t a candidate I’ld be happy to vote for. A couple of people have said should vote for Rebecca Long-Bailey to keep Starmer out but that doesn’t seem a good enough reason to me. Last time I voted for “least worst option” it was for Tom Watson as Deputy and, like many of us, I soon came to regret it!
After that, I’ll see what happens. Some members are already leaving but I prefer to give the new leadership a chance to prove themselves. The bottom line is this:
Does the Labour Party, as presently constituted, represent my aims & values?
At present I don’t think that it does!
I’m very much interested in Chris Williamson’s idea of a new grassroots movement ”to resist the Tory Govt’s impending assault on working class communities and to counter efforts to water down JC’s policy legacy in the Labour Party.” I’m sure there’s a lot that can be done from without the Party, I certainly have plenty to do. A Labour victory in the General Election would’ve meant that I could drop many of the petitions I’m promoting as they deal with issues that are already Labour policy. Instead of which I’ll be taking the rare step of starting one of my own.
For the time being, it’s a matter of wait & see for me.