Our Verdict: Jeremy Corbyn

23 Aug 2015

 

“WTF?” Quote

 

 “He had quite a good appetite, but he didn’t mind what the food was because he couldn’t be bothered to give it the time. So he would just grab a can of beans and eat it straight from the can” – Jeremy Corbyn’s ex-wife

 

 

 

Trying to Replicate

 

 

Socialist superhero Tony Benn is often described as ‘the best leader Labour never had’. Lots of Corbyn’s support comes from people who believe the party missed an opportunity to turn left, opting for the wrong Tony (Blair). Benn once described Corbyn as his ‘favourite MP’, a glowing endorsement in the eyes of many, particularly the unionists. Others have suggested that Corbyn is trying to replicate Michael Foot, who unknowlingly shepherded the party to an infamous defeat in 1983.

 

 

On the Campaign

 

High Point -  All of it… Indeed, Corbyn’s dominance has been apparent since the CLP nominations were gathered.

 

 

Low Point -  The only blip was that Channel 4 News interview.

 

 

A Video to be Proud of

 

 

 

Who’s Backing Him?

 

 

After scraping together 36 PLP nominations, Corbyn has attracted a huge amount of support from grassroots Labourites. Some famous faces have also endorsed the Islington MP. Comedian Bill Bailey has pledged his support, as has singer-turned-activist Charlotte Church. In addition, cinema stars Maxine Peake and Ken Loach have backed the Corbyn campaign, while historian Mary Beard has joined them. Corbyn has also bridged the generation gap between East End icons Billy Bragg and Russell Brand, who both back the left-winger.

 

More unlikely endorsements have come from Nigel Farage and Rupert Murdoch, who are sure to have Labour’s best interests at heart…

 

 

1945 Landslide All Over Again?

 

It is wishful thinking to suppose that Jeremy Corbyn could lead Labour to victory in 2020. Many of his political advocates, Owen Jones being the predominant culprit, point to the rise of Syriza in Greece and Francois Hollande in France to show that socialists can still win elections in Europe. However, this argument neglects the fundamentally conservative disposition of the average Brit. After all, we lack a long-established history of fraternité, akin to the French, or an immediate history of economic catastrophe, witnessed in Greece after 2008. That said, Corbyn’s ability to surprise is unquestionable. Very few foresaw his meteoric rise to socialist stardom, and he exhibits a mature honesty that is undoubtedly attractive. Despite Corbyn’s loosely veiled threats to potential dissidents however, a Labour rebellion appears almost inevitable. A unified Labour Party under the stewardship of Ed Miliband crumpled to defeat in May 2015. It is difficult to prophesise that a divided party under Jeremy Corbyn would not suffer a similar, if not worse, fate in 2020.

 

 

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