Labour must seek a broad alliance to oust the Tories

Asia's Tech News Daily

Readers respond to an article which argued that Labour’s best route to power is through a coalition of leftwing parties, and to an editorial on the party’s shadow ministerial reshuffle

It probably is too soon and too risky for Labour to talk publicly about coalitions or electoral deals with other parties, but it’s vital that its leaders begin to plan seriously for those contingencies.

As Rafael Behr points out (Labour’s best route to power is coalition, whether the party admits it or not, 30 November), the likelihood of Labour gaining a secure majority in its own right in 2023/24 would constitute a shift in electoral fortunes unprecedented in postwar UK politics. Yet the interests of Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Plaid Cymru, and the progressive interests that they all claim to serve, will be best secured by recognising that, in working together, they can not only remove an increasingly corrupt, callous and hegemonic Tory party from office, but also prevent it ever again achieving unfettered power.

If they fail to address that responsibility, they will have little moral authority in challenging the policies of the next Tory government, since they will have facilitated its continuation in power.
Dr Gerald Dunning
Tonteg, Rhondda Cynon Taff

• There is a flaw in Rafael Behr’s otherwise excellent piece. Any agreement that Labour makes with the Liberal Democrats will involve enabling them to increase their representation in parliament.

One plausible outcome is that, after the election, the Lib Dems hold the balance of power, with the Conservatives not far from a majority. In such circumstances, the likeliest outcome will be a Tory-Lib Dem government. Sir Ed Davey will go into the election ruling out such an outcome, and he will mean it, but after the election, the possibility of instability will weigh heavily on him. Given that any alternative combination will necessarily involve the SNP, a Tory-Lib Dem coalition in defence of the union may prove irresistible.
Dr Christopher Stevens
Canterbury

• Rafael Behr dismisses the left and “continuity Corbynism” with its “socialist self-esteem”. He needs to be reminded that policies of renationalising energy and other utilities enjoy consistent majority public support, and that these policies enabled Jeremy Corbyn to deprive the Tories of a majority in 2017. Keir Starmer campaigned for the Labour leadership and gained my support by continuing with those policies, which he later resiled from.

Gordon Brown and Ed Balls adopted the centrist, business- and finance-friendly policies that Starmer’s reshuffle now implies, and look where that got us. And as your editorial (30 November) suggests, the left-leaning membership of the party will not work with enthusiasm at the next election for a return to Blairism.
Steve Smart
Malvern, Worcestershire

• Your editorial’s advice to Keir Starmer, that he “should be wary of causing gratuitous offence to the party’s left and its allies”, is somewhat tardy. Tens of thousands have already left the party or are sitting on their hands.

Elected leader with a substantial majority drawn from across the membership, including large numbers of Jeremy Corbyn supporters like me, he simply spurned the opportunity to lead a united party.

Instead, we have seen the steady drift away from the pledges he made, coupled with provocative public comments about how divided the party is and how he is going to turn it around. In truth, on policy matters the party is far from disunited, but Starmer displays little interest in engaging with the views of the membership.

His silence on the massive support of members for proportional representation makes the point. It also shows that he has little sense of what is required to create the sort of broad alliance – both within and beyond the party – that will be needed to oust the Tories.
David Parker
Meltham, West Yorkshire

Have an opinion on anything you’ve read in the Guardian today? Please email us your letter and it will be considered for publication.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Cognizance of offences taken against 5 in coal block scam case

© Provided by The Times of India NEW DELHI: A Delhi court took cognizance of offences of criminal conspiracy and corruption against five people, including senior bureaucrats of the Union ... Read more »

Aston Villa ready to land Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan

Aston Villa expect to complete the loan signing of Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen following a medical on Tuesday. The Sweden international will cut short his loan at Sheffield United who ... Read more »

Yes, Russell Wilson would be nice, but the Vikings can win with Kirk Cousins

It has only been a week since the Minnesota Vikings’ 2021 season was pulled off life support, and people are already coming up with wild, dream-like scenarios to ensure the ... Read more »

Small bungalow on sale for at least £370,000 because of one selling point

Maybe the new year is the time to consider a new home somewhere closer to your dream location? Maybe a secluded cottage within one of Wales’ glorious national parks? How ... Read more »

Iron Maiden plan tour playing Senjutsu in full for 'diehard' fans

Iron Maiden are planning to perform ‘Senjutsu’ in full for the “diehard fans”. © Bang Showbiz Iron Maiden plan to play Senjutsu in full for ‘diehard fans’ Frontman Bruce Dickinson ... Read more »

North Korea: Tactical guided missiles fired in latest test

The Associated PressThis photo provided by the North Korean government, shows what it says a test-fire of tactical guided missile in North Korea Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Independent journalists were ... Read more »

Sister Wives' Janelle Brown says her relationship with Kody 'is pretty strained' and that she doesn't feel a 'huge necessity anymore to stay'

Sister Wives star Janelle Brown opened up about her relationship issues with Kody Brown on Sunday’s episode of the TLC show, as the couple’s problems have been amplified amid the ... Read more »

Fears of spiralling debt for consumers after Buy Now Pay Later purchases surged by £1bn over festive period

Shoppers facing new year debts after using Buy Now Pay Later schemesFestive spending using the scheme put at £3.3billion by experts Credit KarmaResearch suggests users don't understand consequences of missing repaymentNearly half struggling to manage their debt have seen their credit rating drop Read more »

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Time to snap out of this party hangover

How many drinkers does it take to make a party? We ask the question because the numbers said to have attended Sir Keir Starmer’s boozy gathering in Durham last year ... Read more »

Fourth shot of Covid vaccine is NOT enough against Omicron

The fourth dose of the Covid vaccine is less effective on the Omicron variant and  provides only limited defence, a preliminary study in Israel has found.   Israel’s Sheba Medical Center began ... Read more »

Lords watchdog launches investigation into Tory peer Michelle Mone over PPE contracts

© PA Michelle Mone is said to have recommended a company to the Cabinet Office – PA Tory peer Michelle Mone is being investigated over alleged links between her and ... Read more »

Expert says THIS about Covid third wave peak in India - Know details here

© Provided by DNA Dr Manindra Agrawal, Professor of IIT Kanpur, said that the third wave of COVID-19, which is caused by Omicron, has reached its peak in Delhi, Mumbai ... Read more »

‘It's a total disaster': Omicron lays waste to India's huge wedding season

Until 28 December, Heena Vashisht was a happy bride-to-be. The 28-year-old was pleased her family had put in place early all the arrangements for her wedding on 10 February, right ... Read more »

Coronavirus news live: Poland enters fifth Covid wave; Australia reports record daily death toll

LIVE – Updated at 01:46 Australia reports deadliest day of pandemic so far with record number of 74 deaths; Poland says it expects case numbers to hit new highs in ... Read more »

UN seeks more support for Odette-ravaged areas

© Alren Beronio / AFP UN seeks more support for Odette-ravaged areas MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations (UN) has appealed for more support to hasten the recovery and reconstruction ... Read more »

Customs improves scanning rate

© STAR/File Customs improves scanning rate MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs improved its scanning rate for a third straight year, collecting additional revenues from importers who try to ... Read more »

The best pay masters in the gig economy aren't good enough

© Image by Kai Pilger from Pixabay The best pay masters in the gig economy aren’t good enough Flipkart, Urban Company and BigBasket have been the winners among all others ... Read more »

Senators eye internet projects with SpaceX

TOP executives of SpaceX met with Senators Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd to discuss the use of low-orbit satellites to provide cheap internet to the Philippines. SpaceX ... Read more »

From prison threat to health tax: How countries are treating unvaccinated citizens

As the Novak Djokovic saga recently showed, more and more countries are imposing strict restrictions on unvaccinated people. Globally, in a push to boost vaccination rates, some governments have switched ... Read more »

US condemns Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi, UAE says it 'reserves right to respond'

© Provided by Zee News Dubai: Yemen`s Iran-aligned Houthi group attacked the United Arab Emirates in what it said was an operation using missiles and drones, setting off explosions in ... Read more »

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile: South Korean army

SEOUL: North Korea has fired two suspected ballistic missiles, South Korea’s military said Monday, in what would be the nuclear-armed country’s fourth weapons test this month. As talks with the ... Read more »

PH to get Indian missiles system in 2023

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said that the country is expected to receive its Indian-made anti-ship missile system next year. Lorenzana said the P19 billion government-to-government contract with India ... Read more »

NBI foils Kerwin Espinosa escape attempt

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday claimed to have foiled an attempt by alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa and two others to escape from the ... Read more »

'Can beat, abuse Modi', says Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole; later clarifies he was referring to local goon

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole landed himself in trouble on Monday (January 17, 2022) after a video of him saying he can ‘beat ... Read more »

'Elsa left the group': AiAi Delas Alas joins TikTok's ‘Toxic' challenge clad in a bodysuit while snowing

AiAi delas Alas Elsa of Arendelle who? AiAi Delas Alas just proved that the cold never bothered her anyway as she went and danced comfortably in a bodysuit while it’s ... Read more »

Biz groups urge Congress to ratify transport safety bill

© STAR / Geremy Pintolo, file Biz groups urge Congress to ratify transport safety bill MANILA, Philippines — Foreign business groups are urging Congress to approve a bill that would ... Read more »

Gabbi Garcia Recalls the Exact Designer Heels She Bought After Becoming an "Artista"

© Provided by Preview.ph Among many other things, Gabbi Garcia is undoubtedly a fashion girl. Whether she’s going on a simple brunch with beau Khalil Ramos, or is performing on ... Read more »

DepEd recommends expansion of face-to-face classes in February

DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones at Jan. 17, 2022 briefing The Department of Education (DepEd) has recommended the progressive expansion of face-to-face classes in areas under alert levels 1 and 2. ... Read more »

India: Legendary Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj passes away

© Provided by Khaleej Times Agencies file Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj has passed away. He was 83 when he breathed his last. The news of his demise was confirmed ... Read more »

PH logs 37,070 new Covid-19 cases

The Department of Health reported 37,070 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, pushing the active caseload to 290,935, or nine percent of the 3.242 million total infections. The department said that ... Read more »

Federal appeals court sends abortion case to Texas Supreme Court

In the latest setback for abortion clinics that have challenged in federal court Texas’ six-week ban on the procedure, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday night that ... Read more »

Decade after Norway massacre, Breivik seeks parole

Just 10 years after carrying out the deadliest peacetime attack in Norway, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik will on Tuesday ask a court for parole, a request widely expected to ... Read more »

The simple way you can totally transform your look

© Motivate Publishing ColorVision lenses IN PARTNERSHIP: When it comes to beauty we focus on our brows, lashes, skin, lips and more, but rarely do we focus on how we ... Read more »

Ciryl Gane buckles trainer's leg with ferocious kick ahead of Francis Ngannou clash

Cyril Gane buckled his trainer Fernand Lopez’s leg with a heavy kick as he completes his preparations for his heavyweight clash with Francis Ngannou. The French star will take on ... Read more »

Transfer interest builds in 29-year-old Birmingham City player

© Provided by Football League World ivan sanchez Three Spanish clubs are reportedly interested in signing Birmingham City winger Ivan Sanchez. Spanish paper Marca have reported that the 29-year old ... Read more »

Furious doctor reveals how one of her patients FAKED having chest pains and was rushed to hospital by ambulance all so they could get a PCR test

A disgusted Victorian doctor has revealed how a patient called 000 claiming under the guise of suffering chest pains just so they could get a PCR test done ‘quickly’. The ... Read more »

'Couple of weeks ago' - Technical director reveals Birmingham City transfer talks

Charlton’s recruitment chief Steve Gallen has revealed how the League One club persuaded Birmingham City and Chuks Aneke to go through with a transfer which took the striker back to ... Read more »

Celebs Go Dating fans slam ‘rude and disgusting' Chloe Brockett after disastrous first date

CELEBS Go Dating fans have slammed “rude and disgusting” Chloe Brockett after her disastrous first date on the E4 reality show. The celebrities were treated to their first blind dates ... Read more »

5 Tore gegen Los Angeles!: Der absolute Meier-Wahnsinn

© Bereitgestellt von Blick Der absolute Meier-Wahnsinn Der Stock von Timo Meier glüht an diesem historischen Nachmittag in Kalifornien. Der Goalgetter der San Jose Sharks schiesst im Derby gegen Erzrivale ... Read more »

Queen's Platinum Jubilee ticket ballot opens TODAY – your chance to get tickets to major royal events

BRITS can now get their hands on tickets for this year's Trooping the Colour – but only if they're very lucky. The ballot has opened for the iconic event, which ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic