By Mark Jackson and Sam Stopp
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.
A general election campaign is a gift to political blogs. For six weeks, every day will bring new stories, new policies, new polls, new gaffes and new revelations to obsess over. Especially in this most sudden and unexpected of snap elections, in the middle of what looks to be a seismic realignment in British politics and a defining moment for the Labour Party, it would be easy to spend the next six weeks endlessly discussing the meaning of each development for the short campaign and the party’s long-term future.
But this is not the time for introspection and inquisition. The next six weeks are about fighting for every vote in every Labour seat across the country. According to the polls, Labour is on course for a historic reverse in June – it is the job of every Labour member and activist to stop that from happening. That means fighting to prevent a wipeout in North Wales, fighting to stop the Tories snuffing out the single Labour-held seats in Scotland and the South East, fighting to hold dozens of marginal seats in London, the Midlands and the North, and fighting to prevent a rout that would set social democracy in Britain back by a decade.
This can be done. Each of those seats can be held – but they can only be held by a small army of activists knocking doors, delivering leaflets and speaking to voters. It cannot be done by armchair generals and Twitter warriors, but by boots on the ground in communities from Ilford to Nottingham, Edinburgh to Clwyd and Birmingham to Brighton & Hove.
There will be a time to speculate, a time to analyse and a time to debate this election. What it means, what to learn and where to go from here. After the polls close on 8 June, Labour Vision intends to be at the forefront of that debate. We will continue to publish pieces where appropriate. But in the main, we will be focusing our efforts on campaigning for Labour in this election across the country and we encourage our writers, contributors and readers to do the same in their communities. In so doing, we will advance a few steps nearer to a new Labour vision.