Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Too academic to have enough fire in his belly to pound Bojo into electoral pulp, too idealistic-ideologcal to vegetate teaching poli-sci in the redbricks?
Corbyn has been a voice in the wilderness for half a century, perhaps he is still in mild shock at his rapid ascent to popular leadership of a polyhedric labour party disgraced - defaced - by Blair and Brown decades, reduced to the pusillanimous, wet blanket leadership of the Millibands.
He waited out New Labour's love-fest with war and finance, he outlived the opprobious smear media campaign against him, yet it isn't the 70's, he's not in his prime, he doesn't have the solid team he'd need to have a smidgeon of chance to turn a ur-mercantile society in a compassionate, progressive direction.
And yet... there he stands, centre-stage with a huge burden on him, to influence history definitively or go home and watch the country going pear-shaped, wondering what it was they saw in him, these new young Labour supporters in the first place. Surely warmed-over Trotskyism was fodder for historians, not current times!
Yet Marx' Capital is a best-seller, and capitalism seems ever more late or last-stage without its former Communist counterpart to negatively justify its continued and growing inequalities, injustice and ecocide.
Remembering when the commies did/do ecocide, they are no slouches either. I didn't see Greta visiting Putin or Peking, did I miss something?
I wish Sanders and Corbyn would do some co-strategising, why is the famous UK-US alliance so under-represented by their social democrat electorates today? Different planets! Yet their platforms share many planks.
We need the early enthusiasm of communism grafted onto a social democrat, anti-totalitarian stock, and the two old codgers could do more united than not. Mutual legup.
Corbyn lost a lot of traction hedging on Brexit and TV-duelling with May and Johnson in Parliament while standing on equivocal political ground.
If they lock up or at least successfully gag Boris and Mogg till the election Bojo has a chance with the old county Telegraph voters to ace it and produce another hung parliament to negotiate a post-hard brexit reality with.
Or Corbyn could end up with the (impossible) job of turning England into something else than a nation of shopkeepers with a constitution needing badly to be written, (seeing how previously successful gentlemen's agreements need a minimum number of gentlemen present to be effective).

Another bridge burned.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 01:11:20 PM EST
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