‘To create a new party over the dead body of the Labour party would take 40 years’ he said. ‘An easier way of doing it is to begin with forms of electoral accommodation. There are huge parts of the electoral landscape in Britain where Labour has never really competed. If they were open about that and said ‘There are other groupings on the left who are better placed to compete in those areas’ it might be able to move towards something like Syriza – which is much more coalitional.
The problem with trying to start a new party from scratch would be that the Labour machine would fight tooth and nail because it would mean their extinction. Rather than offer people extinction you should offer them survival and transformation on new terms’.