Jeremy Corbyn and Electability

 Jeremy Corbyn has been elected the leader of the Labour party with an unprecedented number of votes by the party members. Now some are raising objection to his leadership, both within and outside the party, that he is unelectable. If the party goes to elections with him as the leader they can never win the elections. 

 Purportedly his views are highly unpopular with the people, even though they have not been tested in the elections. Thus he has to be ousted according to some even though he enjoys massive support in the party.

 This leads us to the question of what is the actual purpose of a political party? Is it to have an ideology and a vision for the society and trying to gain power to ‘implement’ that vision? Or is it to just gain power by whatever means and by taking whatever stand that appears to be useful at the moment, without any commitment?

 The primary purpose of a political party is to change society for the better by implementing their vision and convincing the people that their policies are good. Through a nation-wide discussion among the people the right choice emerges. If we do not like the policies of some person or party, we have to criticise those policies on the basis of how they are bad for society. We have to explain to the people how those policies are bad for the country.

 So if anyone does not like Corbyn’s policies they have to explain why his  policies are not good for Britain and thus oppose them. But no one should oppose Jeremy Corbyn or anyone else on the basis that they are “unelectable” and thus have to be ousted. Such behaviour is extremely dangerous for democracy. 


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