So the election for Labour Party leadership took place over the weekend and has been won by veteran left winger Jeremy Corbyn.
This is good news for British Labour Movement on two points. One it gives us the opportunity to draw out the poison of Tony Blair’s neoliberal and Imperialist polices which has damaged the Labour Party’s public image for so long.
Second point. Corbyn unlike his rivals has proven himself a principled man of the left, having Campaigned against apartheid in the 1980s (Something he got arrested for), helped organise the opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars , He has rebelled against party policy more times than any other Labour MP, supports the renationalisation of public services and the railways And today he has played a key role in the fight against Tory austerity.
In short he is the man we need to head the opposition. A strong voice in a high place which we on the left have lacked for some time.
No People keep saying that Jeremy Corbyn is “unelectable” but let’s us examine things. He was elected MP for Islington North in 1983. In the 2015 general election he was re-elected by the people of Islington North with 60% of the vote and in the Leadership election he won almost 60% of the vote. And remember this was with the whole of Labour’s right wing crying about how terrible he was and all but one national newspaper (The Morning Star) was against him and yet he won not only an overwhelming majority of votes but more votes than any labour leader before, I think he’s more than proven his electability.
As for the media disliking him, I’ve got news for you, they wouldn’t have liked any of the others if they had been elected. Remember Ed Miliband was mocked by the Newspapers for almost every little thing he did, including how he ate a bacon sandwich. It is not worth trying to win over the Daily Mail, The Sun or Daily Express editors because they don’t want to be won over. The difference with Corbyn is that he has shown he can weather such attacks and continue talk about the important issues at hand.
I’ll shall end this here, as always leave your opinions in the comment section below.