who shares Corbyn's belief that Labour lost the last election because they were Tory lite? (i do)
Labour lost the election because they didn't get enough votes. Any further analysis than that will depend on your own beliefs and prejudices.
The great majority of English voters who voted Labour in 2010 but didn't in 2015 voted Tory instead, so for them at least, the problem clearly wasn't that Miliband and his shadow cabinet weren't sufficiently left-wing.
it would be better for a Corbyn-led Labour party to try and woo these vote-virgins, who tend to be young and are often economically marginalized
maybe i shoulda been clearer in that corbyn's position on labour's loss isn't that ed miliband and the sc were defeated because they weren't left enough, it was because they just didn't offer anything different to the tories, in terms of voice and narrative.
The interaction of economics with culture and belief is complex, too - religious voters are often said, on the whole, to be economically progressive but socially conservative - so are they "left-wing" or "right-wing"?
in this case i think there's a bit of a false separation of social life and economic life. for me these people are basically stuck in a contradiction. give charitably to try to alleviate some social problems on a case by case basis without fundamentally challenging the economic conditions that usually cause them. To the extent that they might vote for a Labour party led by an avowedly anti-austerity politician, perhaps.
Certainly, church leaders have been pretty harsh critics of austerity, much to the government's embarrassment and in contradiction of the old cliché about the C of E being "the Tory party at prayer".
true yeh. i sorta had catholics more in mind when i was writing that reply because i have had more experience of catholicism and it seems to be very socially conservative and contradictory. i know there is a tendency for catholics to vote on the left, but i find this at odds with their views on sexual desire and emphasis on children as the responsibility of parents>church and not the state. i was maybe extrapolating unfairly onto all christians.
extremely patronising article
But this is a man whose life has been spent avoiding tiresome responsibility. He is like an adolescent with a head full of ideas who is not in the least interested in how his cherished principles impact on the outside world.