• Nicole Rich

Why Labour supporters need to come together to combat this dangerous new ‘Leftie’ stereotype

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

As the Conservatives remain in a top secure position in all of the latest YouGov polls at an average of a commendable 50%, many wonder how Labour can ever win the trust of the public again after their last Government in 2010. But, I think the million pound question is, can the Labour supporters trust those in their own party to win the 2024 election and present the true and honest image of this left wing party?

Stereotyping is a term that I am sure many of you are familiar with but not as many of you will be aware of how it has spread so fast and dangerously in the Labour Party. Hard and soft left supporters are in the midst of this very toxic and non-unifying divide that has contributed to one of the many reasons why Labour lost the groundbreaking December election.

A short search on Twitter or other blog forums clearly demonstrates how many supporters are stuck in the web of the ‘Corbynista’ era and will not pledge any sort of allegiance to the Starmer Labour era. Some of the few hard left profiles like to immediately contribute to this poisonous stereotype that us, supporters criticise after criticising and pick fights when it is not necessary. I can’t emphasise enough how untrue that is for the majority of Labourites.

Labour stands for reform, equality and fairness. How are we going to achieve any kind of reform, as opposition and act fair if we have those kinds of supporters with thousands of followers paving the way for our fifth loss in a row? For example, the handling of COVID-19. Sir Keir Starmer collectively brought all of our support together to both condemn and praise the Government whenever it is fit to do so. That is great progress to see Labour starting to work with the Conservatives on this tragic national emergency however the hard-left have used this opportunity to backpedal any positive movements that the party have made. Examples of this include death threats to Conservative leader Boris Johnson when he unfortunately contracted the virus, constant harassment towards Tory MPs and believing any type of unsolicited rumour that goes against the cabinet. As much as I don't agree with the Government's handling around COVID-19 and other issues, this shouldn't be used as a launching pad of hate. This is just digging Labour a bigger grave…

Additionally, due to the massive influx of 18 to 24 years olds in the 2019 election voting Labour (56% of the 18-24 vote), the stereotype that all young voters bow down to the throne of the overly left Jeremy Corbyn has been magnified. Those who vote right wing or do not vote at all view young Labour supporters as loud mouthed, argumentative and are all informed. I can’t tell you enough how false that really is. From past experience, those who are truly reflecting the stereotypes that I have just discussed mainly come from the older supporters with ‘#FBPE’ in their Twitter names and deny many of the political events that have happened since the 23rd June 2016. They usually pledge to never vote Labour under Starmer yet describe themselves as a supporter of the party. It truly makes no sense, especially how people would still believe they are truly part of the party in regards to morals and beliefs but wouldn’t push their differences aside in regards to the leader. Labour is a progressive party, adapting all the time to our ever changing times to ensure society works for all. These kinds of supporters hinders that and how they act online has now become a presumed way all Labourites (especially young) are like and simply presume that, the moment you say you’re left wing.

But, since 2016, British politics has become one of the greatest whirlwinds, surpassing the legendary fall of Thatcher in 1990. The Brexit or no Brexit debate, the two Conservative leadership changes, two general elections and who can not forget, the fall of Labour under the hands of the once worshipped Jeremy Corbyn. Labour, quite frankly have not displayed the support that was necessary to gather any momentum for the last four years to secure even a hung Labour parliament and yet individuals still presume and label supporters ‘delusional’ that think, if an election was held today, Starmer would be our PM (which he never will be unless we all come together). I understand that Labour is a pro-European party but it’s time we stop selling our party’s dignity off and move on.

The hard and soft left need to come together, to welcome any walks of life to Labour to show that this is the party of togetherness and reform but if we cannot be unified and gather momentum to conquer the shared goal of preventing another Conservative government, then there is no hope for us all.

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