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Why Jeremy Corbyn lost

A blow-by-blow account of the radical left-wing project throws its fatal tensions into stark relief. Nobody comes out of it well

By Rachel Shabi   November 2020

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Towards the end of Jeremy Corbyn’s time as Labour leader, the former head of the civil service, Bob Kerslake, was tasked with auditing his office, troubleshooting what had become a malfunctioning and divided operation. Signing off his recommendations in the autumn of 2019, Kerslake wrote: “If you can find a political way of not having a general election for a little while, you should do so. Because you really are not ready.” By this late point in Left Out: the…

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