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1:20 pm, September 14th, 2015 - 20 comments
Categories: class war, equality, International, labour, Left, minimum wage, Politics, social democracy, uk politics - Tags: Corbyn, establishment, progressive politics, radical, SNP, social democratic, uk labour
Project Fear was the label ascribed to the UK establishment’s strategy during the Scottish referendum debate. It worked well – in the space of the campaign period, support for independence more or less doubled. Project Fear (re-dux) was rolled out against Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for leadership of the Labour Party. Again, it’s worked well.
Just like after the referendum debate, people are not going home. Just as the SNP and Green memberships sky-rocketed after the referendum, UK Labour is getting a bump in membership applications now that the leadership campaign is finished.
According to many establishment voices, Corbyn is a radical terrorist loving dreamer (or something).
So what are some of the things he advocates?
Free tertiary education. (This is do-able and already exists north of the border)
Free health care. (Again, do-able and already in existence north of the border)
An end to ‘right to buy’ schemes for council (state) houses. (Yup. North. No ‘right to buy’.
No wars unless sanctioned by the UN. ( – sigh – SNP campaigned against war in Iraq and is against military adventurism in Syria and opposed military action in Libya)
A larger refugee intake. (SNP Foreign Affairs minister [Alex Salmond] called for the UK to accept 60 000 refugees back in May before helping Syrian refugees became de rigueur )
No cuts to social welfare (Scottish government diverts elements of its allocated budget to ameliorate Tory welfare cuts – eg, the bedroom tax)
I imagine I could go on drawing parallels (anti-trident, living wage, higher top tax rates and so on), but the list above is enough to illustrate my point. Corbyn’s stance on various topics, if we listen to establishment apologists, make him unelectable. Now, if he’s unelectable on those policies, then the SNP, surely, is also unelectable on those policies. And yet the SNP is sitting at 60% in some polls with elections coming up next May.
Essentially there is nothing radical in what Jeremy Corbyn stands for and although I’ve only mentioned the electorally successful SNP by way of comparison, the two Green Parties in the UK and Plaid Cymru in Wales also stand on similar, solidly social democratic platforms. Now I don’t know about you, but I’d love to hear similar stuff coming from NZs parliamentary left.
Meanwhile, no doubt incarnations of Project Fear, that wonderful recruiting tool of the establishment, will rumble on in the UK. The establishment is running scared and, well…