Tim Stanley writes at The Telegraph about left wing politics and in particular the Labour party.
There are so many parallels with New Zealand it is uncanny.
The Labour Party that Jeremy Corbyn threw himself in to was in a similar state to today’s. In 1979, it was kicked out of government by Margaret Thatcher. The party’s Right said the only way to win again was to moderate. The Left argued that Labour lost because its government had rejected a radical programme drafted by the party. The biggest political problem, as they saw it, was a parliamentary Labour Party dominated by traitors and cowards. If only the party could exert discipline over MPs – compel them to stick to the policies endorsed at conference – then a revived Labour was bound to beat Thatcher in 1983. So the Left began an extraordinary effort to rewrite their party’s rules that included an electoral college with which to select the leader.
You’ll immediately spot two conceits that still define the Labour Left today.
1) Socialism could win an election if only the Labour leadership bothered to campaign on it.
2) The only real obstacle to a socialist victory is therefore the Right-wing of the Labour Party.