Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The attraction of Corbyn and the UK's democratic health

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. 


G. Tingey said...

Hate to say it, but correct.
I used to have (note tense) a lot of time for Pink Ken, because he was honest.
He said we should negotiate with the IRA ( I happen to think he was wrong, but that was then ) - & got denounced by the Madwomwan - who at that very point in time was ... negotiating with the IRA.
Um, err ....

I think Corbyn is off his head, but, he is open about it, so what you see is what you get.

Tcheuchter said...

Janet Daley had an interesting piece in the Sunday Telegraph.


Dan said...

To be honest this sort of thing has been a long time coming, and I am very glad that the Labour Party now have a chance to vote for a truly left-wing leader, just so they can finally reconnect with the electorate and see just how unpopular far left opinions actually are.

The Labour Party would, you see, seem to be remarkably slow on the uptake at the grass roots level. Blair was the only leader they have had in the last thirty-odd years who was an electoral success, and he achieved electoral success primarily by gagging the vast majority of the Labour Party to prevent them accidentally expressing heartfelt feelings of Leftyism.

He filled the vacuum with Tory-lite, vaguely Labour-flavoured guff and allowed the electorate to suppose that they were not electing unreconstructed Old Socialists (that part of the electorate still able to think, not the Labour safe seats).

The majority of the Labour Party still haven't connected "Rank and file gagged, Tory-lite message broadcast" with "Electorate votes for Labour". The majority of the party are thick.

We owe it to the Labour Party to give them the chance to turn hard to the left and see what the rewards are. Only then will they learn.

Anonymous said...

Its also a reflection of what happens to the political left when the money runs out.

As they can no longer offer bribes to the voter base, they move further leftwards and start blaming the "rich" for hoarding the money, avoiding their "fair share" of tax etc.

Of course most people recognize this for the unadulterated bollocks its always been...

James Higham said...

85% top rate will be fun too.

AndrewWS said...

"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."

Actually, he's one of at least two Varoufakises (Varoufakii?), another being Nigel Farage and yet another David Davis (the one who would have made the Tories worth voting for). But he's now the only one in the Labour party.