Friday, August 21, 2015

A case study in why young Labour activists are supporting Jeremy Corbyn

"Not that I think my choices will matter much or be of interest to anyone" says young Labour activist Calum Sherwood, writing about why he is voting for Jeremy Corbyn:  http://calum-sherwood.tumblr.com/post/126998111544/how-im-voting-in-the-labour-leadership-election

Far from being of no interest, Mr Sherwood's views are a case study in why young Labour activists are supporting Jeremy Corbyn.

Note the extraneous information we are given - Geordie living in East London; socialist and vegetarian; work in education research; Labour CND exec committee; interest in LGBT voting records; outspoken support for Palestinian rights etc.  I hope Mr Sherwood does not think I am being patronising when I say his adoption of causes and issues seems to be based on how cool and trendy they are in terms of lifestyle adornments, not on their intrinsic worth.  And it is obvious that his support for Jeremy Corbyn fits this pattern of poseur politics (that sounds dreadfully dismissive I know, but I AM making a serious point).

Jeremy Corbyn is the political equivalent of the Super Dry brand - "designed but not designer", "faux-vintage and authentic", "the styling is done for you" (I am quoting Imogen Fox here).

In terms of the left-wing luvvies who sit on Andrew Marr's sofa on a Sunday morning Jeremy Corbyn is "the label most likely to be worn by a papped celebrity carrying a Starbucks".

We have seen the Labour leadership manifested as a war criminal (Blair).

We have seen the Labour leadership manifested as an incontinent spendthrift (Brown).

We are now about to see the Labour leadership manifested as a fashion icon (Corbyn).

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