Progressive Pragmatism

James Matthewson

The Corbyn era in Labour was genuinely transformatory. It swelled the Labour membership, engendered exciting new ideas and thinking and gave a sense of hope to previously disenfranchised activists and campaigners. All of this shouldn’t be understated.

But despite this, a culture of tribalism, hostility and rancour pervaded the party. Those who didn’t entirely endorse the project were marginalised and labelled as traitors.

In this paper, former Parliamentary staffer and Labour Party member, James Matthewson reflects on the successes and failures of Corbynism and suggests that the party now needs to urgently adopt strategies that unify the different factions, as well as seriously consider working with other progressive parties.

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