12/06/2017 by socialistfight
When Jeremy Corbyn was elected for the first time in 2015 all serious leftists understood that the Prime task was to democratise the Labour party structures, particularly the National Executive Committee and aboilsh the Compliance Unit and deselect the right wing Labour MPs. Forces so hostile to socialism and to Corbyn himself that they were incompatible with a struggle for socialism.
But forces claiming to be left obstructed that struggle. The prime obstacle was John Lansman’s Momentum. As this post demonstrated that task is still in front of us and little has been achieved in driving back this reactionary bureaucracy.
Now that polling stations have closed, the SKWAWKBOX can reveal that Labour’s HQ, in complete contrast to the aggressive, energetic campaign of the party’s leader, mandated a purely defensive strategy for this election – and cost Labour the keys to 10 Downing Street.
The Blairites at headquarters – national and in many regions – presumably either not believing Labour could win seats from the Tories, or in some cases even hoping for a poor result, decided to circle the wagons around existing seats, particularly favouring those occupied by so-called ‘centrists’.
This meant that – at the instigation of senior HQ figures and right-wing NEC members – almost no resources were made available for the fight to win Tory-held marginals or even to defend Labour-held ones. Seats with a majority of below 3,000.
In and around Merseyside were two extremely marginal constituencies. One, Wirral West, had an…
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