Sebastian Payne on Jeremy Corbyn & the Crisis of The Labour Party, a comment by Political Observer

Mr. Payne and the Financial Times are unable to face the fact that New Labour is collapsing, as we enter the ninth year of the utterly failed Neo-Liberal economic/civic model. Mr. Corbyn seems, in his years as a ‘backbencher’, to have developed an ability to mobilize voters, who had given up on the Party of Blair and its epigones. Perhaps those years as a ‘backbencher’ taught Mr. Corbyn many valuable political lessons? That building a constituency is based in the hard work of organization and advocacy, town by town, district by district. Mr. Payne nor the Financial Times can explain the inexplicable: why has Mr. Corbyn been re-elected so many times if he hadn’t somehow, no matter how haltingly, accomplished some tangible political goods for that constituency?  All we readers get is more of the same Rebellion Against The Elites Party Line, from the not just partisans of that Failed Elite, but its committee of  faux technocrats. Even the resort to a pithy quote from Oscar Wilde can save Mr. Payne’s polemic from itself.

Political Observer



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