Something big has happened. The Labour Party is now being led in a very different way. The huge, democratic mandate given to Jeremy Corbyn is exciting, unexpected, perplexing and many of us are trying to figure out what this means and what next.
As Corbyn forms his new shadow cabinet, analyses, commentary, and speculation are rife across the political spectrum. This is not a transformation that just affects the Labour Party, but one that has implications for the Green Party, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and social and political movements across the UK. It raises important questions about how we work together across party lines, and how we ensure that a new politics develops that is open, democratic and participatory.
Whatever you think about Corbyn, his policies, or the Labour Party, there is no doubt that this could be a massive shift in politics – a shift that comes with huge opportunity, risks and responsibility that are far bigger than any single party.
It’s complex and we’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you think this means for broader progressive politics? What could a collective, progressive response to the new leadership look like? What are your hopes and fears?
We’ll collate all the best responses and send them to Jeremy, and Compass will look to steer itself on the basis of what you say. Keep it short and punchy – focusing on what you think the biggest threats and opportunities are.
We’ve gathered some articles and I’m sure we’ve missed many. Join our discussion below, share your thoughts and any interesting blogs or articles.
Jeremy Corbyn is redefining opposition – come what may – Zoe Williams
5 reasons to be happy with Jeremy Corbyn’s victory – Ellie Mae O’Hagan
Corbyn’s golden opportunity – Anthony Barnett
From welfare to Trident: top challenges facing Jeremy Corbyn – Rowena Mason
How should Greens respond to Corbyn? – Adam Ramsay
Dear Labour Leader – Compass (written before Corbyn’s victory)