“ If this government does not start to take responsibility for the damage they have caused, and if they do not confront these wider failures of the political system, they risk a new movement growing into a storm”
That’s Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. They have captured the voice of the young and they are going to become increasingly electable as people grow up and become old enough to vote. Corbyn went straight to Grenfell House, talked with and comforted residents, and gave the impression he actually cared.
A new movement cannot gather enough momentum to govern because of the archaic First Past The Post (FPTP) system. Such a movement has already been tried — the SDP’s breakaway from Labour caused a split vote and a landslide win for Thatcher in 1983, and ultimately merged to give us the Liberal Democrats. It’s hard to remember that ten years ago, the Lib Dems had over five times as many seats as they have today. Where have all their voters gone? Presumably, as the Tories and Labour represent increasingly different political stances, they have abandoned the centre ground and gone towards whichever of the two main parties can keep the other one out. There are small victories, such as Labour winning in the Tory stronghold of Canterbury through a very strong grassroots youth campaign, but we won’t get more of the likes of Caroline Lucas into parliament without some sort of PR.
So Labour have capitalised on being against what the Conservatives and New Labour together have stood for since 1979. They haven’t done enough yet to win, but more and more people are thinking Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister is actually realistic.