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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Conspiratorial Corbynistas

Interesting article in Spiked about Jeremy Corbyn's problems with the media.

I give it six months until the Labour Party starts blaming the Illuminati for its consistently poor showing in the polls. In the meantime, Corbyn and Co will keep blaming the media. They are trying to persuade voters that Labour isn’t the hole-ridden ship we all think it is, but rather is a party that’s being slowly waterboarded to death by ghastly newspaper hacks.

Maybe so, but I don't entirely agree with this -

These crusades against the media spring from an existential crisis within Labour, and are a means of avoiding dealing with that crisis. Labour recognises that it is teetering on the edge of oblivion. With local elections looming, it looks set to lose key council seats. Its support among the working classes is plummeting. Its turmoil over Brexit reveals just how distant it now is from many of its traditional grassroots voters.

To my mind the party is hardly teetering on the edge of oblivion. However, the working class has changed and continues to change, if indeed it still exists. This seems to be a significant part of Labour's problem, the changing aspirations and expectations of voters.

4 comments:

James Higham said...

Meanwhile, the comedy goes on and we're loving every minute of it.

Michael said...

When you have the BBC and a few hacks from The Guardian, whining and whingeing all the time, who needs another lot of opposition to the Conservatives?

Demetrius said...

The British working class as we understood it has gone. It will not return.

A K Haart said...

James - we are indeed.

Scrobs - good point and they do a better job than Jeremy.

Demetrius - that's my take on it too.