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>I'm starting to wonder if one of the big factors in the fragmenting of the left wing is how their shared identity seems to be premised on 'I'm not right wing' rather than any sort of actual consistent system of values
Actually, in the bigger picture, it's precisely the opposite of that. When you think about it, what are the values that unite the right? What makes a conservative a conservative, and why is that so likely to make them a Conservative even if they don't necessarily like what the Conservatives are doing? Conservative.
When you really boil it down, the ideological distinction between the left and the right is that of collectivism versus individualism. The right still has its share of factionalism, it's just at the end of the day what they want is quite simple: Less market regulation, less state interference, less taxes, etc. No matter what squabbles they might have over the finer points of the argument, they can all quite easily align around very broad libertarian principles. The specifics don't matter so much because the very goal is to have less policy, not more.
That's precisely why covid has seen the party implode. For the first time in recent memory they have been forced to deal with internal conflicts that can't be compromised over, forced to try and find consensus on things that run contrary to their very fundamental beliefs.
In effect, this is what the left has to deal with all the time. When your ideology is concerned with the state actively taking a role in shaping markets, actively enforcing regulations, and actively influencing the outcomes of people's lives, there's a lot more scope for disagreement. There's a lot more room to argue about how exactly things should be done, there's a lot more scope for disagreement on what should be prioritised and what shouldn't, and there's a lot more scope for those values to be "sold out" and influenced by lobbyists and business interests, etc.
Pulling Labour to the right involves abandoning principles and ideals. Pulling the Tories to the left only means promising to spend a bit more cash up north, which you can easily walk back on later.