- Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:30 am #578465
I got briefly swept up by his Glastonbury appearance. Seeing all the young people chanting his name and their genuine belief in him made me think something could really be happening here. How wrong I was.
It is an analysis that encompasses Benn and then the Militant Tendency (its most prominent members, Dave Nellist and Terry Fields, were also part of the class of 83) and leads, almost inexorably, to a cultish Corbyn following currently directing so much fire at “centrists” and “Blairites” in their own party that a Tory government of perhaps unprecedented weakness and ineptitude remains, it often seems, largely unopposed.
The opportunity was there in the palm of his hands. But a mixture of post-2017 hubris, a refusal to let go of outdated dogma (Brexit) and appointing / trusting the wrong (Seamus Milne) mean he has totally blown it, and the chances of him ever getting it back are slim. If the new Lib Dem leader can make a "clean break" from their past and market themselves properly they could make absolute hay.
If the new Lib Dem leader can make a "clean break" from their past and market themselves properly they could make absolute hay.
His taking the votes of those young people for granted and then throwing them a bus pass as a token gesture for their being trapped in the UK doing gig economy jobs because there's fuck-all else left is going to come back and haunt him. Or, rather, the party.
Corbyn cannot lead. He has not the remotest idea of leadership. It is more obvious than ever it was that electing this incompetent as party leader on the basis of a sort of outbreak of mass fan boy/girl hysteria was the biggest error that the Labour Party has ever made.But what chance is there of Corbyn being brave and bold? He is not a strong leader and he has surrounded himself with a coterie of hardline Brexiters notably Seumas Milne, his director of strategy and communications.
Much more likely Labour will continue to take three baby steps forward and two baby steps backwards. This is a dereliction of duty at a time of national crisis – just when Boris Johnson is about to enter Downing Street and try to rip us out of the EU in the most destructive way.
Some of them still seem fond of him if the reaction to my criticisms of Magic Granddad on Reddit are anything to go by.crabcakes_windermere wrote: ↑Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:25 pmHis taking the votes of those young people for granted and then throwing them a bus pass as a token gesture for their being trapped in the UK doing gig economy jobs because there's fuck-all else left is going to come back and haunt him. Or, rather, the party.
We'll soon be faced with a choice between a hard line Brexiteer and Boris Johnson.
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