Friday, June 9, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has caused a sensation – he would make a fine prime minister. By Owen Jones // The biggest political divide in Britain is age

this was about millions inspired by a radical manifesto that promised to transform Britain, to eliminate injustices, and challenge the vested interests holding the country back… People believe the well-off should pay more, that we should invest that money in schools, hospitals, houses, police, and public services, that worker should have a living wage, that young people should not be saddled with debt for an education, that utilities should be under the control of the people.. If the same old stale, technocratic centrism had been offered, Labour would have faced an absolute drubbing, just like its European sister parties did. Labour is now permanently transformed. Its policy programme is unchallengeable. It is now the party’s consensus. It cannot and will not be taken away… Social democracy is in crisis across the western world. British Labour is now one of the most successful centre-left parties, many of which have been reduced to pitiful rumps under rightwing leaderships. 

This is one of the most sensational political upsets of our time. Theresa May – a wretched dishonest excuse of a politician, don’t pity her – launched a general election with the sole purpose of crushing opposition in Britain. It was brazen opportunism, a naked power grab: privately, I’m told, her team wanted the precious “bauble” of going down in history as the gravediggers of the British Labour party. Instead, she has destroyed herself. She is toast. She has just usurped the title of “worst prime minister on their own terms” since David Cameron, who himself took it from Lord North in the 18th century. Look at the political capital she had: the phenomenal polling lead, almost the entire support of the British press, the most effective electoral machine on earth behind her. Her allies presented the Labour opposition as an amusing, eccentric joke which could be squashed like a fly which had already had its wings ripped off. They genuinely believed they could get a 180-seat majority. She will leave No 10 soon, disgraced, entering the history books filed under “hubris”.
But, before a false media narrative is set, let me put down a marker. Yes, the Tory campaign was a shambolic, insulting mess, notable only for its U-turns, a manifesto that swiftly disintegrated, robotically repeated mantras which achieved only ridicule. But don’t let media commentators – hostile to Labour’s vision – pretend that the May calamity is all down to Tory self-inflicted wounds. The highest turnout since 1997, perhaps the biggest Labour percentage since the same year – far eclipsing Blair’s total in 2005. Young and previous non-voters coming out in astonishing numbers, not because they though “ooh, Theresa May doesn’t stick to her promises, does she?” Neither can we reduce this to a remainer revolt. The Lib Dems threw everything at the despondent remainer demographic, with paltry returns. Many Ukip voters flocked to the Labour party.

No: this was about millions inspired by a radical manifesto that promised to transform Britain, to eliminate injustices, and challenge the vested interests holding the country back.. read more: 
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/09/jeremy-corbyn-prime-minister-labour