Labour are currently in the midst of a very public crisis over Jeremy Corbyn. Labour members and key supporters want a very left-wing socialist party where the money will go on forever while the Parliamentary Party know this is madness.
This is not a new problem. Its been there for nearly forty years. This is exactly the same crisis of identity for Labour that began in 1976 when Denis Healey was forced to go to the IMF. From that point it was clear, money just doesn't go on forever and the socialist lie of the post war consensus cracked. Anyone sane knew this.
And yet the Labour Party membership and voter base is still dreaming of unbridled socialism. They still believe in the ideals of a Marxist utopia and want to take us back fifty years to a failed egalitarian Britain. Normal Labour members still want this dreamland in 2015 under Jeremy Corbyn. How on earth will Labour ever solve this identity crisis that started back in the 1970s?
Elliott Johnson is the Political Editor of Conservative Way Forward.
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