Letter to the Editor: For Labour, the blame game won’t help us rebuild

Sir,

WHEN you ever lose an election the easiest thing to do is to proportion blame. Blame Jeremy Corbyn. Blame the media. Blame Laura Kuenssberg. Blame our Brexit policy. Blame our candidates. Blame Jess Philips. Blame Internet trolls. Blame Robert Halfon’s sign maker. Blame the weather. Blame the electorate.

Of course it’s important we reflect on our manifesto and why people didn’t connect with it or our campaign but if we are to move forward as a party we need to do so in a way which is unified and constructive. Blame and recrimination won’t help us rebuild and grow! Plus being angry with people who voted for the Conservative Party achieves nothing. We need to listen to them and we need to understand why they didn’t vote for us. We need to be prepared to listen to things we don’t want to hear.

The next five years are going to be tough for this country and for our town in my opinion and it’s going to need a Labour Party which is a strong and unified opposition. One that continues to be a strong voice for those most vulnerable in our society. As a party we should be judged by how well we do in opposition as much our record in government.

We also need to be strong community champions, determined to work hard to help make Harlow the best it can possibly be. Labour wins and, again in my opinion, we all win when communities are united. So let’s get out there, heal our divided communities, and show people how much Labour representation can do for them at every level. In doing so we can replace hate and recrimination with hope and aspiration. That’s what I intend to do anyway oh and do a whole lot of litter picking too!

If you have any local issues or just want to share your views with me then please do get in touch, my contact details can be found on Harlow Council website.

Chris Vince

Labour candidate for Hertford and Stortford
Councillor for Little Parndon and Hare Street

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7 Responses to "Letter to the Editor: For Labour, the blame game won’t help us rebuild"

  1. MickyB77   December 16, 2019 at 8:01 am

    These comments are abject, and what’s more, reading between the lines, they’re defeatist, the un-aware trying to convince the majority that what happened in their miserable election programme was so far removed, from what the hard working members of the Harlow community are doing, or want.
    Now you say, “we’re prepared to listen”, the Tories did listen to the public, and, that’s why the Socialists were decimated. Not your opinion, my opinion.

  2. jhumphreys84   December 16, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Chris, thank you for an honest and fair article. In saying that, some of the points you raised should have been addressed long before the election and i think the problems are staggeringly obvious. You mention the issue of not connecting with voters of Harlow. As you can see Harlow has a majority Labour council, yet that’s not turned into anything at a general election, showing that the national policies didn’t work here. Nationalisation of industries which employ many people in Harlow, pharmaceuticals, power, gas, rail will have put people off. There were some incredible inaccuracies too, like saying that you’ll only build on brownfield land when the Harlow Development Plan by the Labour council identifies at least 8 or 9 sites that are greenfield. However, the biggest issue is the cult like status that parts of the Labour party had turned into. We saw it on this website in comments where even in the face of facts, people would just ignore it then argue about socialism and called anyone who voted conservative or other evil. i know MickyB77 doesn’t help the cause from the other side, but it shows that when you can’t even reason with people, that large section of Labour is unsaveable until the extreme left wing element of the party is pushed back to student politics and don’t campaign against things that just work in the real world. It is important that we have strong opposition to keep a government honest and in check, but i fear Labour really lost their way at the last election. While it’s important to keep a left stance, more left of centre would reconnect with the public and a candidate who fits this brief would have done much better with the electorate rather than a student politics idealistic campaigner with no sense of the real world.

  3. MickyB77   December 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    The extremists, as you call them JH are in the town hall already. Who sacked John Clempner and caused the resignation of several leading councillors with many years experience, the Momentum Marxist brigade, led locally by the abysmal
    L Mac / Mrs A…….i are responsible, including those bullies and mates hiding in the shadows.

  4. ChrisVince   December 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Dear JHumphreys I appreciate your feedback and would welcome further discussion with you on this if you would be willing? You have my council e-mail address. As I say it’s important to listen to all views and I would genuinely welcome it.

  5. jhumphreys84   December 17, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Of course, will drop you a line by then end of the week. Good to hear you’re so willing to listen to residents feedback, a good step forward.

  6. PTK   December 17, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I suspect that more than a few readers would be grateful if NickyC would define “Marxism” and explain how we can identify organisations as being “Marxist”.

  7. RonnieW   December 18, 2019 at 8:14 am

    It seems that Corbyn played all the cards he was elected to do. He had a landslide vote when he stood for leader. He had a mandate. It was a shot in the dark, but he came over as extreme as MickyB77 in his blanket application of his idealism.

    Still, not his fault, the party elected him to be him as their leader.

    The country didn’t want that, nor did they want his acolytes like here in Harlow. They preferred someone who hovers above the truth but sounds like a commander in an era of perceived crisis.

    If Labour wants a chance in the future this is what they need to learn. Listening is not as commanding as it might seem. And similarly sticking to the socialist rule book doesn’t fit with a country that thrives through capitalism.

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