After the recent events in UK politics, I have been emailing my MP – have done so fairly regularly anyway. I think and hope that direct letters have some effect. The generic content of the last two sent, with personal to him stuff edited out, is below. I think everyone should make contact with their representatives, that is part of action, not standing by. Use any of this that is useful to you, with respect please.
To my MP – who joined the call for Jeremy Corbyn to resign:
Are you feeling a bit foolish? People who have really suffered austerity or watched helplessly as others suffer, REALLY need to have hope of progressive change. Now although the Parliamentary Labour Party [PLP] has fallen like dominoes, following resignations, it seems clear that there is no other candidate that will enable people to feel confident. Many of us seem to be like me, and feel that their MP has not grasped how we feel. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-labour-leadership-latest-constituency-chiefs-councillors-back-leader-a7111021.html
To many of us, Corbyn shows genuine leadership, distinct from the posturing and narcissistic version that seems to be demanded. Someone who attempts to second guess what “we” will think, and then tailors thinking to satisfy or appease, is not a leader but a sycophant, fools some of the people some of the time, but not all of us. I hope you will give Corbyn the backing he deserves, and also learn from his perspective how progressive politics might really work. Labour could yet succeed especially if even some of the PLP are honest enough to say they knee-jerked after the referendum result.
The “Progress” element of the Labour party, that is those who feel that following the ideas of Blair brought people into Labour back in the 90s and 0’s cannot give the hope that is required. I think that these views worked then, when the whole global economy was expansionist and unaware of the flaws in the economic paradigm being used unthinkingly, unaware that it is flawed in reality. Holding on to what worked in a different context becomes ideology, not thoughtfulness, and certainly not leadership. Since 2008, the disconnect between “new labour” and the realities that people face is what now drives people away from Labour, rather than bringing them in. “Progress”, or “blairite”, is seen as second best Tory, and those with views tending that way prefer Tory, and they shift rightwards, or in Scotland, can make the very obvious shift to Independence.
Corbyn is re-connecting for the realities NOW in a way that Progress or most PLP simply can’t, as what was proposed in the 2015 election and by the unsuccessful leadership candidates after that showed. It was not Corbyn who lost this election, but those who now reject his priorities and the severe inequality suffered. Support from both leftish tories and kneejerk-need-a-change and “lets-try hardline-just-us-try-far-right” is lost. It is psychologically evidenced as far as I know that austerity and hardship/inequality drives many to the far right but this group can equally swing to a different kind of approach (see for example the unexpected level of support for Bernie in USA, and those of his followers who are purported to say they then prefer Trump to the establishment Clinton)
Corbyn’s own words* are:
“I am ready to reach out to Labour MPs who didn’t accept my election and oppose my leadership – and work with the whole party to provide the alternative the country needs.
But they also need to respect the democracy of our party and the views of Labour’s membership, which has increased by more than 60,000 in the past week alone.
Our priority must be to mobilise this incredible force to oppose the Tories, and ensure people in Britain have a real political alternative.
Those who want to challenge my leadership are free to do so in a democratic contest, in which I will be a candidate.
But the responsibility of our whole party is to stand up in united opposition to the Tory Government – and in support of decent jobs and pay, affordable housing, rights at work and an economy that works for all.
The whole country needs Labour to heal the divisions of the referendum campaign and offer a winning alternative to the Tories at the next election – whenever it comes.”
He also has plans** for how this can be worked out. He is a tenacious worker, highly prepared.
You are my representative, I do not of course know all the feelings of all the others that you must also try to represent.
I do not know if your actions are your personal view or your capacity to represent us whom you serve.
I would like to see you back Corbyn, with argument on issues and discussion of them within the party he leads, and not with ugly dissent and calls for his resignation at this time.
another article that interests me: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2016/06/green-party-calls-labour-lib-dems-and-plaid-cymru-form-progressive
** a home page that lists priorities, unlike other home pages that say where the MP last visited a school or park or whatever, with bland promises. http://www.jeremycorbyn.org.uk/