The Blairite Right Wing of the UK Labour Party is up in arms (and no doubt plotting) as the latest internal polls show that self-described socialist Jeremy Corbyn has taken a commanding 22 point lead against closest rival Yvette Cooper in the UK Labour leadership election. (Hat tip Morrissey)
TRP has already detailed out the background to UK Labour’s right wing “ABC” (Anyone But Corbyn) meme. Tony Blair charmingly warned the Left that a Corbyn Labour Party would lock itself out of power for 20 years. This is the sound of a Labour Party elite (including veteran Labour MPs) which is absolutely certain that it knows better than its own membership.
Meanwhile, it appears that on a wide range of issues from re-nationalising the rail service, to reducing tuition fees, to eliminating nuclear weapons, to his anti-war stances, the wider British public actually agrees with Corbyn.
Of course the “wider British public” and the 1%’ers are two completely different groups. Which side will be the major winners in the UK Labour leadership race?
If Corbyn wins the leadership of UK Labour, will his caucus give him a real chance to succeed in transforming UK Labour from being a status quo tinkering austerity-lite party, to a Labour Party which actually deserves to wear the name.
edit: Corbyn speaks at the Tolpuddle Festival about the history of workers rights and farm workers rights, and the sometimes deadly and bitter fight against the establishment for a better way of life.