Britain’s Labour party being ripped apart as an epic struggle for its soul threatens to destroy its election hopes for a generation.
Jim Murphy, a respected and moderate Blairite, left his colleagues stunned and distraught by quitting on Saturday as Scottish Labour Leader after a “poisonous” war with the party’s biggest trade union paymasters.
In parting remarks, he warned that it would be “the kiss of death” if Labour caved in to the demands of hard-Left union barons such as Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, who backed Ed Miliband as Labour leader.
The unions in the UK got Ed Miliband made leader, just as the NZ unions did the same with Andrew Little. Both Ed Miliband and Andrew Little lost the members vote and the caucus vote, but got elected due to the union vote.
Murphy warned that McCluskey must not be allowed to choose the next leader of the party.
In NZ, three faceless EPMU delegates made Andrew Little the leader.
Murphy’s decision came a day after Chuka Umunna, a leading moderniser, withdrew from the contest to succeed Miliband as leader.
David Cameron will be relieved. Umunna was the ones they feared could reach out to aspiration centrist voters.
Moderate Labour figures believe the time has come for a decisive shift away from union dominance of the party’s politics. Blairites are privately dismayed that 147 of the 232 Labour MPs elected are Unite members, or received donations from the union.
Owned, lock stock and barrel.