Questions all Jeremy Corbyn supporters need to answer
Owen Jones
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Owen, this is the worst piece of writing and analysis I have seen from you. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. I have had a lot of admiration for you so I would welcome an opportunity to talk with you in person. Contact me and we’ll find a time! It is so sad that you, of all people, have missed the big picture, perhaps I have overestimated you in the past! This is not about one person or one strategy, what is happening is a paradigm shift. The ship is beginning to turn: it is turning slowly but surely. One of the strengths of Corbyn is that he is no megalomaniac, and he has not been preparing himself for power, so to assume the role of leader now takes some getting used to , some time, some organisation , but leadership is being shown, the message is getting through, the response is remarkable - dialogue has increased, political awareness has increased, membership has increased and all this in the face of enormous, co-ordinated stubborn and blatant barriers put up on all sides. Corbyn supporters are not thugs and zealots, as they are so frequently portrayed, they are good and thoughtful people. The strength of the change is apparent everywhere except in the press and in the PLP. Everyone else sees it. I go to meetings, I do telephone campaigns and I have been surprised and thrilled at how unlike what is portrayed in the press the reality is. This is no Saatchi and Saatchi sales pitch. This is real ideas presented to real people and somewhat miraculously people are standing up to establishment thinking and to UKIP as well. It is inequality that has upset politics and we are witnessing the effects every day. It is certainly not any failing of Corbyn that has got us to this point of strength in SNP and UKIP. He is doing a great job of keeping the Labour alternative alive when other forces, including pragmatic expedient politics has crippled it. Like you my feeling is that Corbyn is an umbrella under which new strength will grow to take his place, but whether it will be this year or next year or later, and whether the election comes sooner or later is not the point. The manifesto needs to be carefully thought through and put together and explained to MPs and to the public. There is a lot of learning that need to be done on all sides. The job is enormous and urgent, short cuts are no good, that is where we failed in the last elections, all flag and no substance, this time we will be ready with seriousness and thoughtfulness. This has taken precedence over spin and tactics and brown-nosing… perhaps riskier than every day politics, but the only way to get real change, and it is working.

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