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Both sides deserve to lose Labour’s general secretary battle

There is a serious conversation to be had about the power of the unions and what it means for party democracy. This is not it

By Richard Seymour  

Neither Jon Lansman or Jennie Formby deserve to win. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

Some arguments are rather urgent right now: housing, the economy, climate change. Whether Jennie Formby or Jon Lansman should be the general secretary of the Labour Party is probably not one of them.

And yet this issue has produced a bounty of steaming hot takes and garbled polemic on social media. In the first instance, Lansman’s candidacy provoked a storm of hyperventilating accusations of ego-crusading, “splitting the left vote” and, depressingly, “Zionism.”

Subsequently, Lansman’s ally, Christine Shawcroft,…

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