"Yet still the unresting castles thresh,
In fullgrown thickness every May,
Last year is dead they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh"
That final verse from Philip Larkin's The Trees leapt into my mind whilst hearing about the news of the bitter divides in the Labour party over the vote on welfare in the Commons today.
Despite Harriet Harmen's claim that the party who 'opposed everything' would 'succeed on nothing' she faces a welfare bill revolt, with many of the party intending to oppose her instruction and vote against the bill, which includes the plan to limit child tax credit to two children. Chief among those who will vote against the Tory government's wishes is Labour's left wing leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn, who has posted this petition asking not to condemn more children into poverty and which I urge you to sign.
So why am I thinking of Larkin's verse. Well the election in May showed the party that the country did not have faith in them. It's a hard, unbearable truth but a truth it is. I believe that Labour needs to begin afresh and to grow from its original roots once more, to provide a suitable and strong opposition to the Tories in power. Ignore the likes of Peter Mandelson who claim that Labour needs to move to the centre, because that way lies no distinction between the parties, ergo little choice. Mandy is, if you ask me, doing what he's always done; protecting his own interests and looking to the best possible future for himself. He has no place in a left wing party and he knows it. But Labour needs to be left wing. It is ludicrous that of the four potential leaders, Corbyn is the only one to be described as left wing. I believe Jeremy Corbyn and what he stands for is the only option available to rejuvenate the party and bring about real change. And I don't think it's unfeasible; look at the success stories of the election in May, the SNP and UKIP are both parties that are far, far away from the centre the likes of Peter Mandelson, Harriet Harmen, Liz Kendall et al believe Labour should occupy.
There's an optimism growing around Corbyn and his traditional grass roots socialism that I am slowly and surely finding extremely promising as this piece by Zoe Williams in The Guardian attests.
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Jeremy Corbyn's Labour could really be the next New Labour, begin afresh, afresh, afresh...