John Harris

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Where’s Jeremy Corbyn? Lost in a rose-tinted vision of Labour’s past | John Harris

Labour must stop talking in terms of 1945 and all that, and engage with today’s big issues – Brexit foremost among them

The best politicians inspire, but part of their job is also to orientate: to survey an often confounding set of national circumstances, and tell us not just where we all are, but also what our position means and where we need to go next. A year on from that remarkable general election result, this is the challenge facing Jeremy Corbyn and the people at the top of the Labour party – a difficult but urgent task in increasingly trying times.

Just over a week ago, I was among the 3,000 or so people who spent an overcast Saturday in north London, at the celebration of politics and music branded  Labour Live. Whatever its detractors claimed, it was a well-intentioned, creative event – but the sparse crowd and rather wearied atmosphere highlighted issues far beyond the organisers’ control.

It should stop framing policies as a return to the pre-Thatcher past. Tory free-marketry ought to be yesterday’s thing

Related: Labour must shout louder about the benefits of immigration | Stella Creasy

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