The Corbyn revolution in the Labour Party is just like the Tea Party in America. Now, before you start bombarding me with comments telling me that I’m nuts, and reminding me that the Tea Party is against everything that Corbyn stands for, I should probably make myself a bit clearer. When I say that Corbyn and his left-wing mob are like the Tea Party, I don’t mean in terms of ideology but, rather in terms of the way they act.
Let’s look at the two movements side by side. Both were started by outsiders who were seen to be on the loony fringes of their own parties, both have had the ability to fill town halls up and down the country and both have attracted the wide support of the party’s grassroots.
Let’s look at it another way; Jeremy Corbyn was seen as a complete outsider when he started and many brought him into the Labour Party Leadership race to have a bit more diversity of argument; the Tea Party acted in a very similar way in the United States. Many Tea Party candidates were put up against establishment Republican Candidates to try and diversify the primaries, with the only problem (at least for the establishment) being that they started winning. Remember Eric Cantor? The former majority leader of the Republican Party in Congress lost his primary to a Tea Party outsider who had far less funding and campaign machinery. Yet because this outsider had the support of the Grassroots, he was able to oust one of the most important establishment Republican figures in the country.
Corbyn is much the same. No matter how much the establishment tries to spin against him, he always seems to go up in the polls. This is because the grassroots, many of whom have only recently returned to the party after the Blair years, are widely immune to spin. The same thing was true of the Tea Party, who would dogmatically continue to fight their corner, no matter what the mainstream media said about them.
So if Corbyn and his band of leftist loons are so similar to the Tea Party, what does it mean for the Labour Party itself? Well, for a start, it means that the Labour Party will no doubt be dragged left, much as the GOP was dragged to the right. The reason why the Tea Party isn’t as strong as it once was is because the Republican Party establishment caved into the demands of the Tea Party. In other words, the Tea Party has fulfilled its natural use.
The Corbynistas will be much the same. Even if he doesn’t become leader, although it’s more than likely he will, the rest of the elected positions in Labour will be packed with neo-Trotskyites and pseudo-communists. It’s not a widely discussed matter, but the NEC of the Labour Party is also up for election with the leader, meaning there’s ample opportunity for the left to infiltrate that as well.
There’s also the fact that, like the Tea Party, Corbyn supporters are grassroots based. Not only that, but they’re also extremely politically active. There’s no doubt that they will have flooded their local branches with applications to join the Labour Party, and with membership of a branch comes the opportunity to select candidates. It’s likely that over the next few years we’ll see an influx of far-left council candidates and possibly the odd parliamentary candidate as well. The lurch to the left won’t just affect the leadership but also the candidates and grassroots.
It should now be clear that my opening remark was perhaps not as mad as you first thought. The Corbyn revolution really is nothing new, in fact we’ve seen it time and time again. A violent reaction to an unchallenged orthodoxy, it’s just a shame that this time it’s coming from the left.