- Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:16 am
I recall about 3 months ago learning the hard way that you pay more attention to exit polls than voting intention ones.
I will prioritise Corbyn/Watson. Here's why - it's the best option.
If this process has shown us anything, it's that the Labour party is a broad church. Its aims cannot be defined by a small and self-appointed elite, but must reflect what its membership want. If that means moving to the right, fine. If it means moving to the left, fine. Why should one be acceptable and not the other?
Now, leadership options. If any of the beige three win, they can either carry on being Tories-lite, in which case why bother; or they can move to accommodate the left, in which case they will be portrayed as puppets of Jeremy and the unions.
If Corbyn wins, yes, he will be pilloried by the right wing media. He will also have a more public platform, hopefully this will send a message that counters what people read in the editorials. Also, the media might just go over the top on him. And if he moves towards the centre, this will again undermine the 'hard left' narrative.
And again, repeated because it seems some people need this hammered into them, the message is not as important as the messenger or the delivery. Corbyn has emerged from this as principled, polite, considerate and reasonable. His rivals have emerged as entitled and bland, sulking because the game they were promised they'd win isn't going to plan. Rather than raise their game, their response has been to threaten to walk off the pitch.
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.