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Reshuffle and Democracy

Posted: 11/01/2016 by zandtao in Corbyn
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Democracy is at the basis of the shadow cabinet reshuffle. What is the democratic basis for labour party policy? Clearly Corbyn has been given a mandate by his election, by the increasing party membership, and by the Oldham result. But none of this is policy. Where does policy come from? Conference. It is now up to Momentum and other activists to remove the Blairite Bilderburg policies from the Labour agenda.

The other aspect of the public reshuffle was of course public unity. I remember back in the 80s and election being lost to some extent by Dianne Abbott who said that members of the Labour party were racist. Of course they were and are racist but why was she stupid enough to say it? She is still around and was bandied around as a name for the shadow cabinet, I hope she has learned.

The real issue here is public perception. There is nothing wrong with dissent behind closed doors but what the hell was Hilary Benn doing on Syria? I hope that the days-long reshuffle were about discipline, if it works it merits the respect that the establishment gave Harry Perkins. The media will always attempt to divide labour but take the lesson from Blair:-

“Publicly shut up, argue in private and let the Tories shoot themselves in the foot over Europe.”

Of course Blair did this by cherry-picking the cabinet, moving policy to a Bilderburg set, and promoting a right-wing war and defence agenda. Much of what Corbyn has to fight within his cabinet is to remove the cherries Blair picked. Again this can best be done at the grass roots level so let’s hope Momentum can be active.

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