"The most fundamental error of the Labour Party is never mentioned—it ran in the wrong country"by John McTernan / January 21, 2016 / Leave a comment
The Beckett Report— “Learning the Lessons from Defeat“—has finally been published nearly nine months after what Jon Cruddas has termed the worst defeat in Labour history. It is obviously far too late. A rapid inquest would have had a chance of shaping the terms of the leadership debate and, indeed, the future direction of the Labour Party. And it could have easily been rapid because there has never been a mystery as to why Labour lost in May 2015. It was because Labour weren’t trusted on economic management, welfare or immigration. Any one of those is a threshold issue for voters—if you don’t meet the standards they demand then you aren’t even in contention for their vote. Labour managed a hat-trick—falling short on all three issues. And as a bonus added a leader who was seen to be weak.