The Last-Ditch Attacks of the Non-Corbyn Candidates

Broke, Bright and British

On September 1, Andy Burnham urged Labour voters not to “give up on wanting big changes” but also not to “give up on winning the 2020 general election either” (suggesting implicitly that the party could not win under Corbyn). Understanding that supporters wanted clear opposition to the Tories (but failing to recognise that he could not justifiably claim that he himself had opposed them), he promised to: “oppose the extension of right-to-buy to housing associations” whilst “championing policies such as ‘rent to own’” and allowing councils “to borrow money… [to] build more homes”; “stand up for comprehensive education against the enforced academisation of schools”; “fight against the Conservative campaign to demonise the trades unions” and present “outright opposition to the cynical Trade Union Bill”; “lead the opposition to the Welfare Bill” (a particularly laughable claim given his abstention in the previous vote); and ensure an “election win” by advocating…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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