It is a much used video clip from Iain Dale's London radio programme that best illustrates the attraction of Jeremy Corbyn. Whilst the other three candidates squirm and dissemble over Dale's question about a job for Ed Milliband, Corbyn answers honestly and clearly. At a time when we loathe everything about the political class more than ever, Corbyn is the Varoufakis of British politics; authentic, with the common touch, a man whose message you may not like but whose word you can trust.
Never underestimate the wisdom of crowds. Commentators are unanimous in opining that electing Corbyn is electoral suicide for Labour. While there is no reason to say they're wrong, it's possible that folk know it already, but have already written the Labour party off as a big league political party. Four million votes on the right have already migrated to UKIP - why should not 4m votes on the left follow a radical left wing party, leaving Blair's Labour with the LibDems in the centre?
We're going through a radical reconfiguration in British politics. Whatever the short-term upsets, any long-term outcome that increases party membership from its nadir of 1% of the electorate in the first decade of this century is good. The more varied, fluid and fast-moving the change in politics the less chance of tax theft by moribund decaying behemoths of parties, the less chance of a quasi-constitutional role for the old parties and the less chance of British politics becoming set in treacle. The cosy and corrupt plans of both Christopher Kelly and Hayden Phillips, both ex-Mandarins, with regard to the tax funding of parties have already been blown out of the water*. An increase in political participation, and in those paying subs, will see a swing towards the only fair and democratic method for funding political parties - by their members.
*Implementing the Phillips / Kelly plan now would give UKIP £12m a year of tax money - not something Cameron is likely to let happen.