Jeremy Corbyn has a chance to become Prime Minister
Mr Corbyn, is already among the most consequential politicians in Britain and Europe and he has a chance to win over the populace and lead Britain’s next government.
London , United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland - 20 Apr 2017 -
Opposition parties matter only inasmuch as they stake a claim to office. The weather is made by those who wield power or those with a reasonable expectation of winning it.
Opposition is otherwise synonymous with irrelevance. Jeremy Corbyn overturns the received wisdom. The record of Britain’s Labour leader is built on consistency.
Although no one imagines him as prime minister — not even, probably, Mr Corbyn, he is already among Britain’s — even Europe’s — most consequential politicians and he has a chance to win over the populace and lead Britain’s next government.
Team Corbyn should start by focussing on their candidate’s key strengths: he’s seen as a principled, anti-war leader whose core values don’t bend to fit fashions or uncomfortable facts.
Voters don’t like professional politicians, and Corbyn won power within his party by being distinct from the tidier, cleaner, more ideologically compromised candidates who stood against him.
Traditional thinking says that Corbyn needs to occupy the centre ground, but really all Corbyn needs to do is win the most seats: if he can depress overall voter turnout while exciting his base, he can make the most of the fact that the Conservatives will effectively be trying to win their third consecutive general election in 2020.
Jeremy Corbyn is an outsider who can present a fresh and entirely different approach from the established political class. He can’t win by trying to beat Theresa May at her own game, but there’s an outside chance that he doesn’t need to. For Labour to win, Corbyn will have to address and overcome his perceived weaknesses. He should also use his untainted image to expose the hypocracy and corruption plaguing the political system. Corbyn should forget trying to steer the party left, center and right and instead focus on what is just and right.
Corbyn should address the vast community of the alternate media viewers that are more aligned and in-tune with his core values. There are millions of votes to be had by saying it as it is without all that political bluster that everyone is sick off.
Politicians who have failed to realize that it is not business as usual any more. The people have had enough of being treated like childrem lied to and manipulated. The British people do not want war, they want to work hard, they want stability and above all they want faireness.
Labour’s top team already know that Jeremy needs to engage with media more enthusiastically, and make himself more publicly available. Corbyn also needs to work on his grasp of briefings and his message discipline. Above all he must address the concerns of Britain’s entrepreneurs who are sick and tired of corruption, the inability to compete with their big rivals and who cannot raise funds, borrow money or find investors to fund their ideas.
Corbyn should also reiterate that the population is sick and tired of endlerss wars, is sick and tired of the war on terrorism which is a dismal failure. He should focus on reducing mass surveillance, locking up bankers and frausters and changing the direction of this great country.
Corbyn needs to cut back his offering to the British people into clear, identifiable, digestible bites.
The NHS is an obvious strong point for the Labour party, with a narrative being pushed that the Conservative Party – in the words of critics - aren’t doing enough to help it. Corbyn’s message to the public should be focussed on fixing the NHS, giving the most vulnerable a fair deal, and creating a simpler, easier tax system that takes weight off the shoulders of people struggling to bring up families while making big business and the most successful pay. Fixing health, a great society that leaves nobody behind, and a fair tax system should be the ballpark in which his slogans are batting.
Fundamentally, Corbyn needs to ditch his Islington comfort zone and sense the resurgent nationalism that was the hallmark of the successful Brexit and Trump campaigns. Corbyn should be expressively patriotic, and teach his shadow cabinet to abandon (or hide) their disdain for patriotism.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry’s squeamishness about a white van and an English flag in Rochester needs to be replaced with a flag-draped, performative exercise in proud nationalism. Corbyn eating fish and chips, Corbyn attending the last night of the proms, Corbyn standing at the bar in a few pubs, and looking at ease with the country he wants to lead.
It won’t be enough for Labour just to mobilise young voters, and to build the most technically proficient political platform the country has ever seen to target their message, Labour will need to fight dirty. Corbyn can’t win over moderate Britain, but perhaps he can make them stay home.
To do that, Labour need to take advantage of what people dislike about politicians, and attack the government on their record. The saga over the inquiry into child sex abuse, and every other hiccup between now and voting day needs to be ruthlessly and relentlessly pursued. If Corbyn can fight nastily while harnessing the popular mood, there will be opportunities for him to profit.
Theresa May will inevitably have to get closer to Donald Trump for the sake of the special relationship. Corbyn can attack the government for this. As May secures trade deals, Corbyn can be anti-globalisation. As May concedes and compromises on Brexit with her European counterparts, Corbyn can exploit the shortcomings of the agreement.
If he wants to follow the Trump strategy to win, Corbyn needs to drag the national debate into the sewer, and then mobilise his core voters to get out to polling stations. Trump won by stirring a populist frustration among the working class.
If Corbyn can tap into that, offering them jobs, dignity, and a vision of the future that feels more like the past, then he has a shot. It would require a complete transformation, but if Donald Trump can go from laughing stock to leader of the free world, then Corbyn’s transformation might just be possible, too.