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The furore over the McDonnell Amendment is misplaced—after all, why shouldn’t Labour’s membership have its say?

New reports suggest that Corbyn's supporters are willing to compromise on the amendment after strong opposition from the party's right. But giving more power to the membership is no bad thing

By Richard Seymour  

Corbyn set out to change the Labour party—so why is there so much resistance to the McDonnell Amendment? Photo: PA

“The craziest Labour conference since 1985,” forecasts former Labour manager, Rob Marchant. A “free-for-all where every fantasy politics piece of ‘revolutionary socialism’ gets debated” expostulates Luke Akehurst of Labour First.

As the Labour conference approaches, the Corbynistas are gaining ground in the party. Armed with the election result, they have the political and moral capital to get what they want. Their slate for the Conference Arrangements Committee won three…

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