Sunday, 25 September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn - The Winner is Democracy

No matter how you cut it, Jeremy Corbyn's decisive victory over Owen Smith was not due only to the Labour leader's personality, his integrity and honesty but was as much a victory for people power, for true democracy as it was the man himself.

For the past thirty-six years, we have witnessed the slide to the right on this side of the Atlantic as we have across the pond.  Following Reagan's time in power and then his protegĂ©, George Bush senior, we saw the arrival of Bill Clinton with his much praised, by the corporate's that is, move to the centre right of the Democratic Party. Clinton cosied up to big business in a way FDR would have been alarmed at. Clinton gave his example to Britain's first Labour Prime Minister for twenty-one years, Tony Blair who, like Clinton followed that 'Third Way' politic. A Neo-Liberal, soft of centre, Conservatism. This has reduced the voting public's choices as major parties have all but merged into one.

Having heard numerous parties spout similar philosophies -  all much of a muchness - it has come as no surprise that Corbyn over here in the UK has seen his  mandate grow with his recent win but also the Labour Parties (now the largest political party in Europe) membership.

The only problem Labour now face is whether or not the right of the party should leave and merge with the Liberal Democrats or the left form a new Socialist Labour Party. My personnal preference is the former as this would give teeth to a moderate party sorely lacking bite.
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2 comments:

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

One big party would simplify life. We could just sink into despair and be done with it.

Russell Duffy said...

Oh so sadly true. :)