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Just as leaders are often given undue credit for events which merely coincidentally happened under their watch, they can sometimes cop all the blame for things that might well have been worse without them.

Corbyn is presiding over the collapse of Blairite, neo-liberal, pro-business, globalist, and war-mongering "third wayism" which only had a nodding acquaintance with the working class and their concerns - the gradually chipping away at old Labour's socialist achievements of the NHS, public education, public housing, workers rights, living wages, unemployment benefits and a focus on community relations.

Thatcher famously said "there is no such thing as Society". Ever since the NHS has been run down, public schools have been replaced by private or charter schools, public housing has been sold off, secure jobs have been replaced by zero hours contracts, unemployment benefits have been reduced below survival levels and communities have been set against each other to deflect blame from the establishment.

Where it has not actually led this process - under Blair - Labour has, at the very least been complicit.  Corbyn is now copping the flack for 37 years of neglect of labour voters by the party establishment which is aghast that he is not carrying forward their little game: all the while pretending to be socially progressive and caring while at the same time continuing the rape of the working classes.

It is doubtful whether he can turn things around.  He has so few natural allies in positions of power.  But at least he has shouted stop.  The cries that he lacks leadership ability are simply code for the fact that he actually says what he means and means what he says - in itself a revolutionary change in recent Labour party practice.  If he can survive long enough. he could become a pillar of strength in a UK increasingly at sea in the midst of Brexit negotiations which will be one clusterfuck after another.

More likely he will be swept away in a tide of national hysteria when people finally discover that the British Empire isn't what it used to be and that few people outside Britain actually care for their political ambitions one way or another.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2016 at 11:28:28 AM EST
I hope you are wrong about being swept away. It seems to me if he can just keep the pro-Corbynite base rallied in his support he can survive at least until the next General Election. During that election most, if not all of the New Labour PLP will be swept away. At that point Labour would at least be a viable opposition party if it didn't win. I think the demographic tide is moving in his direction.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2016 at 01:12:32 PM EST
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