This is a political fantasy, a self projection you might say, that may or not come true. But it is important to note that sometimes self fulfilling prophecies do indeed come about.
It is May 2016 and Labour have just been trounced in the council elections under the dubious leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, losing over 200 seats to the Conservatives, and have been obliterated in Scotland in the MSP elections.An angry and combative moderate wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party decides enough is enough under Corbyn and his vote losing ilk, fearing absolute wipe out at the general election in 2020.
A fresh leadership election is triggered and the moderate wing of the party supported by Labour grandees field one single candidate this time,-Dan Jarvis,-so there is absolutely no leakage or diffusion of anti-Corbyn vote,with Jarvis being untainted by any connection to the ancient regime.and with Labour having learnt their bitter lesson from the last leadership fiasco in 2015.
The hard left nominate their chosen standard bearer again Jeremy Corbyn, in what promises to be the most bitter and acrimonious Labour leadership contest of all time for the very soul of the party.
People outside the party, after last time,are well aware of their right to vote in the leadership election. There are far more sensible moderates in the population than far leftists, the people who voted for Corbyn or joined the party since are basically the entire far left of Britain, there is no additional pool of support for him to call on.
On the other hand, there are about 20 million middle-of-the-road voters in this country, many of whom are strongly attracted to a candidate like Dan Jarvis and fully aware of their right to take part in the election.The £3 Labour membership is taken full advantage of by those inclined and compelled to vote for a viable democracy and opposition.
A Labour leadership election where anyone can take part, places Corbyn at a huge disadvantage and favours the attractive, charismatic candidate Dan Jarvis, attracting huge numbers that completely swamp the far left vote. Corbyn is totally routed and the moderate wing of the Labour Party have total control of the party machine again, common sense is restored and sanity reigns again with Labour’s rank and file.
After all the brouhaha of the the EU Referendum is done and dusted, it is eventually won by the Out Vote by a healthy margin of 10%, and Britain settles down again to face a new reality as a sovereign power once more outside the confines of the EU.
Dan Jarvis adapts accordingly to this new landscape, and quickly marshals Labour into an formidable election winning machine again, winning several bye elections along the way and taking the fight to the Tories at every turn, and also proving himself to be a clever, cunning and combative adversary for Cameron at the despatch box, quickly winning himself kudos from the Labour backbenches, and instilling deep gloom and despondency in the Government ranks, and at the same time endearing himself at large to the general public with his photogenic looks, charisma, and over abundance of fresh popular ideas and formulas
Jarvis sets about feverishly to rebuild the Labour party in the North and Scotland with a sweeping new programme of attractive reforms, initiatives, job creation and affordable house construction and business investments which sees Labour take ascendancy in the opinion polls, and rattles the Tories to their very core.
David Cameron is totally exhausted after a bitter and ultimately losing EU Ref Campaign, resigns and hands over the reins to a nervous and hesitant George Osbourne in 2019, and the Tories limp wounded and bruised by internal fall outs, divisions, by election setbacks, and further defections to Ukip into a fateful and ominous spring election in 2020.
An inspired and rampant Dan Jarvis runs a model campaign which takes the transforming Labour message to every heartland in the country, masterly denouncing the Tory austerity policies, which resonates loudly in the ears of the public, while the Conservatives led by an out of touch Osbourne are tired,wracked and lifeless throughout a dour and feisty general election campaign.
Labour successfully steal their clothes back from Nicola Sturgeon North of the border, and win back a solid portion of their seats from a discredited SNP in Scotland, and go on triumphantly to win numerous Tory and Liberal marginals throughout England and Wales, whilst the Tories bleed and collapse from further UKIP incursions.
Dan Jarvis wins an amazing overall majority of 20 seats in a Labour Landslide Election win in 2020.
A feat no one thought possible in 2016.
A personal dream and self fulfilling prophecy has come true for Dan Jarvis, a man born to be Prime Minister, and for all those who trust and believe in their own intrinsic powers at their very own disposal.
Peter Paton is an International PR and Strategic Adviser
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