The Corbyn ‘Surge’: When democracy delivers the ‘wrong’ result.

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There are lots of lessons to be drawn about our ‘democracy’ from the reactions of our masters in politics-media land about the Corbyn* surge.  We need to register their hypocrisy, but get past the outrage. For this is how our system works: it is rigged to ensure that there can be no serious change. When radical change threatens to happen anyway, it’s all hands on deck for the professionals who are paid to tell us what politics should be. They dislike Corbyn intensely, as they dislike the people who support him. They’d endorse any move, any fix, any coup, to stop … Continue reading

Why Jeremy Corbyn must win

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A month ago I registered as a ‘supporter’ of the Labour Party in order to vote for Jeremy Corbyn. Go on, call me a soft reformist. I shan’t blame you. However, I don’t waste time with illusions as I don’t expect to transform the party into a socialist bulwark, on the contrary, Labour has been on the road to Pasokification for a long time. Nor do I expect to defeat austerity in doing so. I hope to kick the prevailing discourse from the Left and put the fear of the risen Christ into the ghastly Blairites. It may even be … Continue reading

Early ’90s flashback

The pub was packed to the gills with people, who had just finished work, but wanted to jeer at the ultimate blood-sport. My pal and I assessed the odds: I settled on an inky stout, he bought a large whiskey. The first exit poll conducted by Ipsos Mori was announced at 10 PM on Thursday night. The results came as a shock to seasoned observers, who had been expecting a close race. The night was filled with encounters of engorged Tories, disgruntled Lib Dems and one teary-eyed Labourite. By Friday morning, the worst was practically confirmed and the exit poll … Continue reading