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Why Lefties need to change our language

by Owen Jones     February 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Most people don’t spend much time thinking about the radical left – we’re far too marginalised – but if they did, what image would come to mind?

I’d suggest something like this: a middle-aged pub bore, who takes himself way too seriously, no sense of humour, prodding the air with his finger as he mumbles about something not terribly relevant, in language you don’t really understand. As he sits in his duffle coat, ranting at anyone who will listen, you do your best to avoid making eye contact. It’ll only encourage him.

I’m exaggerating for dramatic purposes, but there’s no denying my basic point.
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Why the Labour left should welcome Ed Balls’ appointment

by Owen Jones     January 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Alan Johnson was put in charge of Labour’s economic strategy for two reasons. The first was for fairly gimmicky purposes. It was taken as read by the media that Ed Miliband would appoint Ed Balls or – on an outside chance – Yvette Cooper.

By not doing so, he won plaudits from right-media commentators as a leader with the capacity to ‘surprise’.

But the second reason was more important: it was to placate the still-powerful Blairite faction within the Labour Party who were incandescent that their man, David Miliband, had his supposedly rightful place on the throne usurped by his cocky younger brother.
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Why lefties like me must drop the cry of betrayal

by Owen Jones     January 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Unions selling out their members. Ed Miliband surrendering to the Blairites and the right-wing media. Spineless Labour MPs who would vote for the killing of the firstborn if it was a three line whip.

These are the sorts of accusations you will often hear being hurled around by people on the left – and yes, that includes me. The cry of betrayal is as much a part of the culture of the left as duffle coats, five-hour meetings in a pub on a Saturday afternoon and factional disputes over Hugo Chavez’s dress sense.

But the problem with the ‘cry of betrayal’ is twofold.
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