Panic in Labour ranks as Corbynism takes a hold
“They don’t like it up them” as Corporal Jones of Dad’s Army fame would say is the best way of describing the reaction of some Labour grandees to the surge in support that appears to be flowing to Jeremy Corbyn.
Some MPs even want to postpone the election itself to prevent a Corbyn victory. When the likes of Blair jumps in to urge party members to vote for anyone but Corbyn you know that things are pretty desperate.
Why are the party members moving Corbyn’s way? Because he’s authentic and offers a very different approach to what went before.
After all Labour fought and lost the 2015 general election accepting the premise laid down by Cameron and Osborne and most of the press on austerity.
Labour accepted the need for austerity, cuts and a public sector pay freeze. Ok austerity lite. But why vote for a party that almost mirrored the Tories in their economic policy.
And it wasn’t just economic policy but on immigration they were trying to look more macho than the Tories and Ukip. The ignominy of a party producing a mug to flaunt its opposition to migrants was not lost on many.
Despite it all, they lost. Why? The voters just didn’t believe them. They were a sham and even if you didn’t see through the sham why would you vote for them when you could vote for the real thing.
But the political gymnastics is still going on as the country witnessed on the welfare bill. The party decided to abstain.
What was Cooper and Burnham response? They abstained but then went on to denounce the stand. Their very own stand. Confused, you bet. Both could be hired in Variety as contortionists.
It was hardly a principled approach to politics and certainly not likely to impress those that have a vote in the leadership elections.
Corbyn’s approach is genuine, authentic and consistent. But more importantly it’s a real break from the past. He represents something; God knows what the others represent.
As Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said yesterday “I am not surprised at all that there is a demand for a strong anti-austerity movement around increased concern about inequality. The promises of New Labour in the UK and of the Clintonites in the US have been a disappointment,” “Unfortunately the centre-left parties have wimped out. They have joined in saying: ‘Oh yes, we have to have a kinder version of austerity, a milder version of austerity.’
One third of the new members of Labour are under the age of 30 and their most common age is 18. This is the group that has been hit particularly hard by the austerity agenda. Little wonder they are flocking to vote for Corbyn.
If Corbyn wins unlike the general election, it will be the young that clinches it.