Loss, loss, loss, loss, Blair, Blair, Blair, loss, loss, loss, loss…
Labour’s crushing eight defeats in the last 11 General Elections, winning only the three when Tony Blair filled the top job, is a damning record of public rejection.
So too is the uncomfortable fact only two of the party’s leaders born in the 20th Century, Harold Wilson and Blair, triumphed at the polls to enter No 10.
If Labour’s next election victor’s born in the 21st century many of us will be pushing up the daisies before a socialist takes Prime Minister’s Questions.
The longer I’ve considered an unsuccessful sequence highlighted by cerebral former Transport Minister now Labour peer, Andrew Adonis, the more I agree with MPs yearning for Labour to prioritise picking another winner.
Nothing else matters unless Labour wishes to remain a party of protest not power, demonstrating outside No 10 when it should be inside Downing Street.
To transform lives, build a better Britain, Labour requires a leader with the determination of Tyson Fury yet too often picks political equivalents of Harry and Meghan bleating about a Sussex Royal brand ban.
I sense Labour’s 500,000 members agree as ballot papers are delivered this week to select Jeremy Corbyn’s successor.
That doesn’t mean a Blair clone, and anyway hot favourite Keir Starmer is closer politically to Gordon Brown than Tony B.
Stardust-sprinkled Lisa Nandy would be my pick and I fear Continuity Corbyn candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey would be a big mistake despite liking her “aspirational socialism” pitch.
Throwing out the policy bathwater with the bearded baby isn’t necessary when Labour would be able to win with a strong Left-wing platform and a credible leader.
Few, however, listen to what’s for sale if the chief sales person isn’t trusted.
How to become loss, loss, loss, loss, Blair, Blair, Blair, loss, loss, loss, loss, win is all that counts.
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