Friday, September 25, 2015
''Labour’s Future'' Aaron Bastani
Upsets don’t come much bigger than Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour party leadership, so it’s unsurprising that Sadiq Khan’s triumph over Tessa Jowell to be the party’s candidate for London mayor has been overlooked. Londoners won’t go to the polls until next May, but the ballot will be a defining moment for the Corbyn project in opposition, and the first significant bellwether of the likelihood of a Labour government, of some kind, four years later.
Khan’s most likely opponent from the Conservative Party will be the MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith. The two men could not have had more different upbringings: Khan’s father was a bus driver from Pakistan, Goldsmith’s a financier whose ancestors include a consul to the Grand Duke of Tuscany; Khan’s mother was a seamstress, Goldsmith’s an Anglo-Irish aristocrat descended from the Londonderry family. Khan, one of eight children, spent his early years in a council flat in south-west London; Goldsmith went to Eton before travelling the world as a dilettante environmentalist...