Jez they could. And Corbyn’s new broom to sweep @UKLabour clean…

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.32.25I think Jeff is hardening something small into something unfeasibly big re Jeremy Corbyn. He’s not an Irish Republican, he’s a leftist leader of the British Labour party. Yet it does show how easy it is going to be to raid his personal cuttings and turn them against him.

Two quick thoughts.

One, I’m with Brian in thinking he makes Labour less electable. (Although it’s highly questionable if any of the others would have turned it round either). Yet Labour has ‘captured’ an selectorate of 1/2 Million. And these three guys (and they are all guys) are there because they have an appeal outside the elites of the party.

Two, there are issues that have been bubbling under unbidden and unrecognised by those elites. Corbyn breaks the post Thatcherite consensus of where the middle ground is. References to ‘social cleansing’ in London may not appeal directly to the middle class, but it breaks out of a mannered and managerialist handbook.

For now, here’s some good Twitter responses already…

My doubts lie in his inexperience, his capture by the big unions (who are a fading force) and with just 6.5% support of the parliamentary party, and lack of resource.

Their real problem is not just how to bring in the wider public, but the party itself. One of many delegates storming out after the result was announced was heard to say “this is sending us into oblivion.”

The emotion behind that is well reflected in this best read of the campaign:

I’ve been waiting most of my life for the Left to make its glorious return. This is not what I’ve been waiting for. I’ve not changed my principles, and have only changed my views to fit the facts. I’m the one who feels abandoned – everything has moved around me. I lay down in a big tent, and I woke up in the rain.

Corbyn has a big mandate. It won’t be easy to get rid of him. But he also has two very big challenges coming up: the Scottish Parliamentary Elections (in which damage limitation is probably the best he can hope for); and the London Mayoral election (which will be a very direct test of #Corbynism).

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    Maybe, just maybe, the electorate are fed up with the failed Tory policies of austerity.

  • the rich get richer

    AT least the electorate will now be offered a choice.

    The Tories/New Tories were offering up the same choice(no choice).

    Didn’t it take Labour people(and everyone else) a hell of a long time to do something about i.

  • Nevin

    Jeremy writes:

    Jeremy Corbyn via

    19:40 (5 minutes ago)

    to Nevin

    Dear Nevin,

    It is a deep honour to be elected as the Labour Party’s new Leader. The honour is not about holding office — it is about the opportunity to serve you in the fight to get a better government for our country. ..

    So, help me be your representative. When I stand at the despatch box for Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, I want to be your voice.

    What do you want to ask David Cameron? Tell me now and I will put your questions to him in parliament. My questions will be your questions.

  • T.E.Lawrence

    Must admit enjoyed that quip from Corbyn about the “social cleansing in London” It fired a bit of Red Blood into me, but he and Labour need to look outside that London Box and they will see a similar patern in a lot of other UK Cities !

  • chrisjones2

    Where is this evidence of failure?

  • Nevin

    “We’re going to reform ourselves as an ABBA tribute act.” quipped Jerry from the Tom and Jerry Show. Sounds more like BC/KC on their Highway to Hell and Rock the Blues Away.

  • Nevin

    Will Gerry Adams be offering Jeremy advice about the merits of working for the average industrial wage? Here are two entries from a number of similar ones in the House of Commons Register of Members’ Financial Interests:

    9 June 2014, received payment of £80 from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street,

    London, EC1Y 8RT, for online survey. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 26 March 2015)

    6 August 2015, received £600 for lectures given on 4 and 18 June 2015 and 9

    and 16 July 2015. Hours: 1 hr each; 4 hrs in total. (Registered 07 August


  • Pat Mac Murphy

    The ‘economic recovery’ which is more like a relapse instead and the continued manipulation of stats…. Pray tell where is the evidence of success ?