Essays from Tariq Ali, Rachel Shabi, George Monbiot, Richard Seymour, Hilary Wainwright, and more.
The leadership election has come to an end with a huge victory for Jeremy Corbyn. He is given the mandate (again) to demand support from the Westminster rump that still resists his authority.
But even with this support, the future is no walk in the park. Since the attempt to force Corbyn to resign, followed by the extended contest, the polls have shown the electorate to be unenthusiastic about the Labour Party’s internal struggles. Widespread media coverage continues to drive home the message that the party will be unelectable in 2020 under Corbyn, when the next General Election seems most likely to occur. The collapse of the party in Scotland and the threat of future boundary changes make the prospects for success seem particularly dim. What is the Labour Party to do in order to present a credible alternative? There are no simple answers.
Corbyn and the Future of Labour looks back on an extraordinary year – in which the Labour Party and its membership changed almost beyond recognition – and offers a variety of prescriptions for what needs to be done. Already we have seen that the party is willing to move away from the centre ground for the first time in twenty years and beginning to offer an authentic alternative to the neoliberal doctrine of austerity. Perhaps the only thing the writers collected together here might agree on is that the road ahead is going to be hard.
- Written by Lindsey German
1. Corbyn’s Progress – Tariq Ali
2. At the Rally – Joanna Biggs
3. The Coup – Rachel Shabi
4. The Curator of the Future – George Monbiot
5. Labour’s Fabricated Anti-Semitism Crisis – Jamie Stern-Weiner
6. The Labour Right’s Year of Misery – Richard Seymour
7. From Ralph Miliband to Jeremy Corbyn – Hilary Wainwright
8. The Question of Leadership – Jeremy Gilbert
9. Corbynism and the Parameters of Power – Alex Williams
10. What Next? The Corbyn Moment – Ellie Mae O’Hagan
11. Instructions for the Next Labour Leader – Michael Rosen
12. Recruit, Re-Tweet, Renationalise – Aaron Bastani
13. The Alternative to Empire: A New Foreign Policy – Lindsey German