A few posts ago I said that Labour is naturally a leftist party, as can be seen from their history in the last few decades. Andrew Douglas, one of my brilliant commentators, said in the comments that it:
Looks like a pendulum swing to me:
Wilson to Foot moving Left
Kinnock to Blair moving Right
Brown to Corbyn moving Left
This is the more natural way to take it, and indeed many people I speak to assume that Labour will now move rightwards as part of this natural process. But I don’t really agree, although obviously there has been this sort of movement at times in their history. But I see Labour as more like a rubber band party. Its natural position is on the left. Occasionally some Labourites, frustrated by the lack of election results, will try to push the party towards the centre, but all they’re doing is stretching the rubber band, which will eventually snap back to its natural position. Labour just aren’t ever happy with being in the centre, and they will eventually kneecap anyone who has taken them there, no matter how electorally successful that move has been.
Update: To make myself clearer, I don’t mean that Labour is naturally as hard-left as it is under Corbyn, it’s natural position is more centre left than hard left. Nor am I just talking about wealth redistribution when I talk about ‘leftism’. I’m referring more to whatever the Guardian thinks is currently important, which includes a whole host of things, particularly identity politics, remaining in the EU, immigration, racism, etc.