Wednesday 7 December 2016

Why Jeremy Corbyn's campaign is a rational response to 30 years of failure

Tim Stanley

Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30

Jeremy Corbyn has attracted a following from Labour Party members and supporters fed up with the influence of Blairism
Jeremy Corbyn has attracted a following from Labour Party members and supporters fed up with the influence of Blairism

I Recently watched Gordon Brown's walking tour of the British Labour Party's history on TV and had an epiphany. I suddenly understood why so many Labour activists are backing Jeremy Corbyn. Imagine you've spent the last 30 years hearing speeches like Brown's. Thirty years of being told that you have to compromise to win. So you do compromise - and what happens? Iraq and the credit crunch under Blair and Brown, and the rest of the time you lose.

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Wouldn't you reasonably, rationally conclude that the compromisers are wrong? That you may as well take a punt on a candidate who articulates socialism honestly?

It's a gamble that's three decades in the making. A gamble with long historical perspective.

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