While Corbyn was initially seen as a token candidate for the hard left of the party, many polls now have him set to win the leadership election. The prospect of Jeremy Corbyn leading Labour is no longer a far fetched one. Like [Bernie] Sanders [in the US], he is also opposed by the ‘establishment’ with former Labour leader Tony Blair telling those who wanted to vote for Corbyn to have a transplant.
On Corbyn, Owen Jones points out what I think really makes me support this new wave of progressivism. The youth are no longer disillusioned; there’s a mass mobilisation of them in opposition to austerity. In this article he goes on to write that:
“His policies align with their progressive values. He is focused on the long-term issues that will stretch to the end of our generation and beyond. He is proactive in his efforts for peace in the Middle East, and stopping the replacement of Trident. He wants to immediately tackle climate change, and create more equal opportunities through education, and the cutting of tuition fees. He focuses on people and their needs.”
Source: The resurgence of Socialism: Valuable or Vile? | Pertinent Problems
If Corbyns candidacy is encouraging young people to engage with politics that can only be a good thing.
I would be interested to see a poll of the general voting public of their reaction to each of the candidates and who would encourage them to vote etc.
The country can’t afford a third term of Tory attacks on the NHS etc.
considering how well the watered down version of socialism supported prosperity in this country in its postWW2 version then I can only say there may be hope for us yet. Dont really believe it as far too many clever folk with money have aspirations to to this country into a financial desert after milking it dry. Oh yes,I am indeede a cynic.
I don’t know if it’s causation or just correlation but if the younger generation are a large part of Corbyn’s support, they will also be the most tech savvy and therefore the most likely to look beyond the old media institutions (yes, you, Guardian et al) and get their news on the net before it goes through the right wing media pasteurising process to get rid of any dangerous lefty ideas.
Indeed valuable, it’s time for a change, instead of phoney socialism created by the Blairites, it’s time once again for the real thing!
Personally and I have spoken to many people, many young, (I have volunteered at a few Corbyn rallies), that ‘we’ are sick of seeing kids blown up around the world, that The UK seem if not directly responsible for then, complicit, we want a more equitable Britain, and an NHS for our children,none of which the Blair government gave us or the other prospective candidates are offering us now. They are just not credible, with their soundbite drivel. Ms Cooper on LBC today. What on earth was she talking about ? 2 minutes of meaningless doublespeak. I think as with most of the career politicians they have been so versed in management waffle that the rest of us have no idea what they are talking about. Get your heads out of think tanks and talk to real people. I can’t remember how many times I have listened to this waffle and thought, they have actually said nothing, not stated their cause, not told us anything. ‘Real change’, ‘real hard working people’, ‘Lessons will be learned’, it’s utterly meaningless. These PPE politicos and the BBC et al can’t BS us anymore, we need real hope for the future. God I hope he wins, would he win a general election? probably not, would he want to be PM, methinks probably not, but if he takes this destructive Tory party to task, has Labour acting like a real opposition, challenges the neoliberal narrative and tells a few truths along the way then he’s worth a punt. Real change we can believe in, oh god now I’m at it!
Is the LBC interview available to download anywhere?