by Sam Dale
“Unity is our watchword,” says Jeremy Corbyn on his campaign website as he sets out his plan to heal the party after a bruising leadership contest.
On the site he has a “unity statement” and calls on members to sign the pledge that aims to bring the party back together after months of in-fighting.
“The leadership election should be conducted with one thought in mind: our objective is to be a united party focused on winning the general election and campaigning across the country, day in day out,” he writes.
He has also penned an article for the New Statesman claiming the party must unite after the contest is over and how he’ll do it if he’s leader.
By way of example, he insists the main reason the party lost in 1983 was because it was divided.
“The Labour left was fighting a passionate but often inward-looking campaign for party democracy and several figures on the right of the party spent much of that election denouncing the manifesto,” he writes. “It’s no surprise we lost.”
It is astonishing to read these words coming from the pen of Jeremy Corbyn. And astonishing he can do it with a straight face.
If only we were more united then there is nothing we can’t achieve, he seems to argue.
This is hypocrisy.