I'm quite annoyed now. Being a political commentator it means I have to take an interest in what other people are interested in politically even if those things are not of themselves important. That means I am forced to have an opinion of the Labour leadership contest even though I would rather invest my time on something of consequence.
So here goes. It was Simon Cooke who tweeted "Corbyn=Farage" which on the surface seemed plausible but after much background cogitation, he couldn't have put it in more succinct terms. I have some very cordial relationships with some Corbynite leftists on Twitter since we are united in our loathing of Ukip, and consequently I've been able to cross examine them. What we are witnessing is the same dynamic the Tories experienced in the Blair era.
The Tories went through a succession of lamentable leaders. Howard, IDS and Hague, All of whom would have been abysmal Prime Ministers and deservedly lost elections. Without a credible figure at the helm, all the Tories could do was bed down in opposition until the right man came along. When Cameron was elected leader, it spawned an exodus in the Ukip direction among the ultra right of the party.
What we're seeing now is that Tory cycle condensed into a microcosm on the left, with the one electable leadership candidate being considered too Tory, causing an exodus of support to a vacant leftist populist. The only difference is that rather than departing for a new party as many Tories did, Labour has just done what it does naturally and factionalised instead.
Corbyn sloganises and says all the things that moonbat leftists want to hear as Farage does on the right. It doesn't matter that his economic theories are moonshine and economy destroying. It's not about substance. It's just about having your own prejudices soothingly read back to you. And as we have seen with kippers, it doesn't matter if it doesn't actually achieve anything politically.
Following Corbyn is just as cultish as following Farage for they are both populists and effectively different sides of the same coin. They both speak for hardline fringes who will never be pacified or satisfied, both represent a certain nihilism and their core consistencies are predominantly illiterates and losers.
That said, Corbyn will attract some celebrity endorsement because left wing bigotry and extremism is socially permissible in ways it is not on the right. But both are the same, both are losing propositions and the devotees on both sides will suffer similar disillusionments.
As to who actually does win the contest I don't really care because it's not important, but from a psychological analysis perspective, the parallels in this hypotheses and many and striking. Something for someone who doesn't have better things to do to elaborate on.
Post a Comment