Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I suppose Jeremy Corbyn meant as a surprise his announcement that he is standing as Labour Leader

In the whoopi-cushion gestures that sometimes characteristise the Labour party (they have a tendency to indulge in high-camp histrionics*) I suppose Jeremy Corbyn meant as a surprise his announcement that he is standing as Labour Leader:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/06/could-jeremy-corbyn-mp-be-labours-leadership-candidate-left

But I can't say the news has changed the leadership contest in any significant way.

The main problem the for the Labour party is that it has become paranoid and narcissistic.  Indeed, the Corbyn self-nomination is just another manifestation of that narcissism.  All the candidates (possibly excepting Liz Kendall) are obsessed with fitting themselves into the managerial and corporate power structures of modern life instead of finding a new role for the Labour party as the country faces the insidious pressures of globalisation.

Labour needs to find a "shaman" who can speak in poetic language and connect the party with the people it aspires to serve (David Cameron does this brilliantly for the Conservatives).

Someone who can use metaphors and images and stories so that a narrative is formed that ordinary people can respond to.

Globalisation is not a problem from the 1970s - we do not need 1970s solutions, nor do we need quasi-1970s politicians.

* ie the whole farrago of Falkirk; Diane Abbott forced into a self-confession in front of TV cameras; Chuka Umuna flouncing out of an interview etc

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