1932 Labour Leadership Election or Down the Clynes...Trust the Tories to cock up that Social Democracy we had kind of created by 1929 under Clynes, but hey at least we aren’t ones ruling in the middle of a Depression. Anyway Clynes is stepping down so time for a Labour leadership election then I guess...and unlike last time folks are coming out of the woodwork.
Philip Snowden: If the leadership election had occurred five years ago (at a push) then Snowden would be a formidable candidate. Now the old former Chancellor is umm...too old. No one wants a Labour leader who could be killed by a stiff breeze, Snowden isn’t helping matters by having turned to Gladstonian style economics at best so really he isn’t likely to last more than one round. The real heavyweight of the Right is...
Herbert Morrison: Morrison managed to briefly have a job as Minister of Transport and he’s the Chairman of the Labour Party so he’s a big figure with a lot of star power compared to the other folks, he also has the support of Ernest Bevin and a number of the Labour Right and Union members. The main problem is that Morrison is well...a dick. A bully who always tries to get his way he really hasn’t made any allies with the Left and the ILP and as a result may not have the numbers he needs to become leader. So his pitch is essentially begging folks to forgive him and promise that no he won’t be a dick from now on and no he won’t implement Corporatism when he brings about Democratic Socialism, pinky promise.
Oswald Mosley: Right so Mosley is an oddball but his bizarre Keynesian style pitch of Social Democracy and Labour is appealing to folks on the Right who despise Morrison, folks on the Left who think that the Left needs to adapt to a changing world and the folks in the Centre who like lost lambs have joined Mosley’s campaign. Now all he has to do is not come across like a weirdo with authoritarian tendencies and...oh great he’s just done a speech about how Britain must establish itself again on the world stage but not waste her lives of her brave boys fighting more Wars. Yay?
Stafford Cripps: The golden boy of the Left, chosen because Bevan is too young and Lansbury is too old. Cripps is a socialist to a almost Marxist style degree but he also doesn’t seem like a dangerous radical communist when he talks so he’ll certainly appeal to the radicals like Bevan and Attlee. The main problem is Cripps hasn’t been an MP long so he’s still seen as an upstart by many, so his path to leadership would be a long and difficult one.
Also he keeps on stanning the Soviet Union and that’s just not on.
Jennie Lee: So the ILP wants to show that it can submit it’s own candidates and they chose Jennie Lee because she’s the most passionate and the least weird from the candidates on offer (try explaining Fenner Brockway to a Labour MP in Leeds) but sadly she ain’t likely to go far given how she’s already said that she’ll support Cripps if it ain’t likely she’ll win. Well it was nice whilst it lasted.
Malcolm MacDonald: The MacDonald family seem to harbour grudges and Malcolm, the handsome continuation of that grudge has put his foot through the door to reclaim his birthright so cruelly stolen by Clynes. But this MacDonald ain’t like his Dad. Coming back from the political wilderness (and a tour of the various other Labour Parties in the Anglo-sphere like New Zealand) he’s now preaching some odd mixture of Monetary reform and CoOperative values. MacDonald seems to be appealing to the...odder MPs as expected like Baldwin who’s running his campaign actually. No MacDonald won’t win but the support he’s won with such a small amount of time must be a cause of concern for folks like Morrison.