On the madness of Alan Johnson invoking Keir Hardie to attack Jeremy Corbyn

Alan Johnson militant moderateAlan Johnson begins his pitch for the support of Yvette Cooper (Guardian, 4th August) with a reference to Keir Hardie. The problem is that his reference is wholly misleading. He claims that Hardie “believed in achieving power through the ballot box, eschewing class warfare …”. Johnson continues “He forged a Labour party rooted in the decency and moderation of working-class communities who wanted nothing to do with intolerant ideology. Inspired by Methodism more than Marxism“. Unlike Johnson, Hardie had no problem understanding that class struggle and the electoral battles are not mutually exclusive. As he put it: Continue reading

Happy Birthday Keir Hardie

The 156th anniversary of the birthday of one of the Labour party’s finest minds, if not the finest, should be a day to celebrate – for without him we wouldn’t have had Attlee, Bevan and Castle and the soul of the party would have been different.

The post-war settlement, the NHS, the only woman to have held the office of First Secretary of State; all the heroes and all the achievements were able to come to life by the enabling work of this one great man. Continue reading