Labour’s leader must show that managing a party and managing a country aren’t the same thingby Alex Dean / January 12, 2016 / Leave a comment
It hasn’t been a good week and a half for Jeremy Corbyn. The reshuffle was disastrous for its length alone—a day spent reshuffling is a day spent not holding the government to account. But as shambolic as it might have been, it’s now behind him. Today, Corbyn has a chance to attack government policy. He must take it.
This morning, junior doctors began a 24-hour walkout, during which time doctors will only provide emergency cover. They are striking because of a dispute with the government over contracts: the British Medical Association is concerned about doctors being overworked and about them not receiving adequate pay for extra weekend hours, among other things.
If this isn’t a golden opportunity for Corbyn, what is? Standing up for workers like the striking junior doctors is precisely the sort of protest politics in which he has revelled all his political life. Corbynites have banged on about his anti-austerity, pro-worker mandate long enough—well, here’s his opportunity to convert his mandate into political success.