It’s astonishing, isn’t it? A former politician, who is about to become a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, is accusing one of his successors of living in a fantasy world.
Ed Balls needs someone near him to point out that he is the fantasist.
He’s right that “refusing to listen to the electorate” isn’t a “winning formula”. Does he think the anti-Corbyn idea of actually disenfranchising the electorate (in the party leadership election) is better?
He’s also right that the volume of cheering from core supporters is not a reliable guide to wider public opinion. The clamour by members of the wider electorate to become core supporters of Jeremy Corbyn is highly indicative, however.
There’s a list of Mr Corbyn’s policies at the top of this article. Judge for yourself whether they are “leftist utopian fantasy” or whether they really do connect to real people’s lives.
Ed Balls has warned that “Jeremy Corbyn’s leftist utopian fantasy” will not return the Labour Party to government.
The former shadow chancellor made the criticism within an analysis of Labour’s 2015 election campaign, which he described as “astonishingly dysfunctional”.
“Refusing to listen to the electorate has never been a winning formula, any more than Jeremy Corbyn thinking the volume of the cheering from your core supporters is a reliable guide to wider public opinion,” he said.
“Caution will not win the day; but nor will Jeremy Corbyn’s leftist utopian fantasy, devoid of connection to the reality of people’s lives.”
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