Would we invent Labour if it didn’t exist? We’d have no choice Stella

Ramblings of an Ordinary Man

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy speaks to delegates during a session entitled "Living Standards and Sustainability" during the third day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 29, 2015 in Brighton, England. The four day annual Labour Party Conference takes place in Brighton and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Stella Creasy recently gave a speech to the Fabian Society in which she posed the question “If the Labour Party didn’t exist, would we invent it?” In it she goes on to set out her case for a ‘radical Labour’.

The use of the phrase ‘radical’ is to be welcomed. So to is the claim that Labour’s purpose is “to get the best out of each of us for the benefit of all of us.”

Such phrases would not be out of place in a Corbyn or McDonnell speech. Surely this is something we can all get behind. It is a vision of society that no self-respecting ‘lefty’ could possibly object to. However, the central question posed in the speech and the narrative it is based on frustrates me.

Would we invent the Labour Party today, if it didn’t already exist? This is a question that has actually never occurred…

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