Well, that went well, that election

As The Labour Party enters yet another leadership contest after yet another defeat, a few observations on why the campaign ended so badly.

In my view the defeat was worse than any election since 1983, in that the incumbents were driven by cruel ideological instincts aimed at the poor and the weak, and if that were not enough, defended a poor economic policy predicated on low skill, low pay jobs, low investment, and the consequent appalling productivity record. They were also deeply hated and despised. But still Labour could not win. Continue reading