With the election of Jeremy Corbyn , the transformation of the Labour Party seems to be complete. A quite deliberate and determined rejection of ‘New Labour’ and ‘Blairism’ in favour of what is either a return to the failed policies of the past or a major step towards a radical new vision for Britain. Time will tell. I fear it will be the former, and there is no guarantee that the latter would appeal to the electorate. Great principles are pretty worthless if you cannot put them into practice.
A sad note was struck on Sunday morning when a well-placed source told Radio 4 listeners that the new leader of the Labour Party does not believe the Churches have any useful contribution to make to political debate. I believe he ignores the contribution that the Churches continue to make to the cause of social justice at his peril.