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Thursday 27 July 2017

To understand the rise of Corbyn, look into the Kensington flames

There were many reasons for Jeremy Corbyn's success, but deep down it's because the system isn't working, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

EMPATHY: Jeremy Corbyn, after visiting the horrific London tower block fire, again showed he is a natural communicator, with an ease with people that helps him to connect on a personal level. Picture: PA
EMPATHY: Jeremy Corbyn, after visiting the horrific London tower block fire, again showed he is a natural communicator, with an ease with people that helps him to connect on a personal level. Picture: PA

Eilis O'Hanlon

It was the revenge of the Remainers. It was the crisis in the NHS. It was Labour's promise to abolish tuition fees. It was Theresa May's refusal to debate her Labour rival face to face. It was the threat to make people with dementia sell their homes to pay for social care.

When it comes to explanations for the Tory government's failure to win a majority at the general election a little over a week ago, there have been as many explanations as there are self-appointed experts willing to offer them. All of them contain some measure of truth.

The Labour message was positive and well organised; the Tories had a terrible campaign. Jeremy Corbyn is a natural communicator, with an ease and empathy with people that helps him to connect on a personal, rather than merely political, level. He showed it again in London after the horrific tower block fire.

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