Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A triumph of mobilisation

Endless analysis of Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Party Conference.

On Channel 4 News Jon Snow interviewed a gathering of women and young people:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

However it is important to realise that the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader was not a triumph of democracy, nor was it a triumph of authenticity - it was a triumph of mobilisation.

Conference-goers will be familiar with the way in which organisers chivvy people into the front rows to make the hall look full.

It is the same principle with the election of Jeremy Corbyn.

An opportunity was afforded to all the marginal lefties to vote their candidate into "power" and they seized that opportunity.  And because they continually doughnut their hero wherever he goes it looks as if the Corbyn movement is massive. But the sum of the marginal lefties is still far far short of the number needed to elect a government, even if you throw in all the disgruntled "Red Tories".

That little group of women and young people on Channel 4 News filled the camera, but when the camera zoomed out you could see it was only a little group.

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