*John Lloyd, a contributing editor to the Financial Times does condescendingly concede, “There is a gap in the public debate for a credible argument on fairness, inequality and public decency” – adding that Mr Corbyn knows what he stands for:
- more social spending,
- more state intervention,
- renationalisation of services such as rail
- much less inequality.
- and the belief that the US is at the root of evils such as wars, the Ukraine crisis and Middle Eastern turmoil.
Lloyd: “As a candidate for high office, he would be politically and economically eviscerated, both at home and abroad”
Unlike Blair and other MPs from both main parties he has not succumbed to the love of tainted money or fallen into debt.
He is apparently not attracted by extramarital or illegal sexual activities – having far more important and socially beneficial preoccupations.
Lloyd’s advice, pleasing to corporate advertisers and future employers is for opposition to move away from the ‘far left’ with its militant “populist, class-based resentment”
He sets a number of topics that misguided leftists should consider, moving to what he considers a more acceptable form of social democracy – accepting much of the status quo:
”Keep the capitalist show on the road but fight civilised battles for a larger share of its surplus for the lower classes”
One – less than inspiring – example is given: “Last week, campaigners and unions won a pledge from Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York state, for a $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2018. The move may not be cost free: it might price some people out of work. But it aims to shift at least some costs from the backs of the poorly paid”.
His conclusion: “Mr Blair was right to say last week that Mr Corbyn would be a disaster.” And Blair was not?
* Mr Lloyd’s journey (Wiki):
In the 1970s, Lloyd was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and later the British and Irish Communist Organisation. He then became a supporter of the Labour Party. Lloyd also supported the Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble, believing Trimble could help bring peace to Northern Ireland. In the 1990s, Lloyd was one of several prominent members of Common Voice, a British group that advocated voting reform. A strong supporter of the Blair government, he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as well as the Cameron ministry’s 2011 military intervention in Libya. In August 2014, he was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue.