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Who Are the Corbynites, and What Do They Believe?
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Declaring for purity: The Guardian’s readers
If it makes Labour less likely to win then so be it. What is the point of Labour if not to stand up for ordinary working people, whether they are currently in work, sick, disabled or on the scrapheap? There has to be an alternative to pandering to the market. Jeremy offers hope for the future, the promise of a fightback, of resistance to the markets: people and the planet before profit. If it makes Labour less likely to win then so be it. What is the point of winning just to implement Tory-lite policies? Surveys show a majority of English voters support nationalisation of the railways and the energy companies. They want the NHS to remain in public ownership. Abolition of [student] tuition fees is popular (ask Nick Clegg). Neoliberal unrestrained capitalism has had its day, it is bankrupt and people are fed up having to pay for it. It is destroying our planet, our communities, our services, our children’s futures. Someone has to start to fight back and only Jeremy is willing to do it. The other three are careerist politicians.
Charles Wells, 48, Liverpool, finance manager
- ‘The bigger picture suggests that it will not be easy to dislodge Labour MPs in large
numbers. Many have been developing survival strategies. “Get organised” is the advice of one Labour MP who has successfully prevented a hard left takeover of her local party. Canny MPs have been careful to build relations with the new members who have surged into Labour since Mr Corbyn became leader. There is a distinction to be made between the ideologists and the idealists. The ambition of an older generation of hard left activists to take out moderate Labour MPs is often not shared by younger members who love Mr Corbyn, but don’t identify with the hard left and aren’t attracted by its ugly factionalism’.
– Andrew Rawnsley, ‘The latest victory for Corbynites creates a conqueror’s dilemma’,
The Observer, 7 January 2018
Despair at Labour’s chances: The Guardian’s readers ‘They’re all likely to lose us the next election but at least Corbyn will do it with some principles. I don’t subscribe to the narrative that Blair was a terrible prime minister or that his reforms were traitorous to Labour’s ideals, but I do not believe that Miliband dragged the party as far left as many would have us believe. The “centrist” candidates, such as Kendall, willdrag us further right than Blair, into territory I am deeply uncomfortable occupying. Corbyn will drag the party left so that the next attempt to move towards the centre will at least reflect a more genuine centre’.
Rebecca, 31, Cardiff, administrative worker in further education
Conclusions: research agendas
• From the ‘youthquake’ to the ‘middle age tremor’
• From Millennial fury to Gen X angst
• From Trotskyite entryism to latent progressivism
• The frustration of the salariat
• Universalist public services’ role in an era of complexity
• Inter-generational concern
• The ‘surplus of the educated’
• Corbynism’s populist language and style
• The influence of policy entrepreneurship – retailing ‘neoliberalism’