Owen, I understand your concerns and I believe that in order to re engage with voters the left wing needs to clearly and succinctly make it’s case. For example, during the referendum Corbyn spoke about the drawbacks of EU memberships and was one of the few (or only) people to mention TTIP. It was his balanced argument which won me over to vote “remain”. This balance could have been exploited; people were stunned at the speed at which promises were reneged upon and the hysteria on both sides of the campaign was exposed. Corbyn could have been hailed as the only one telling the truth, relying of facts rather than ludicrous scare stories. Instead he was called “lacklustre” and there wasn’t much done about refuting this.
The damage of Tory policies should be highlighted such as the barbaric treatment of the disabled by the DWP and, particularly, IDS.
Could Tory voters be swung by showing the cost to the taxpayer of schemes such as right to buy? Selling off social housing has meant a huge increase in profits for private housing, misery for many of the poorest in society and a huge strain on the taxpayer.
I’m sure that capital could be made of the current Southern rail situation regarding re-nationalisation.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that Corbyn is a man who I think is the best person to be in charge of the Labour party. However, I think that he needs to make sure that the points he makes are succinct and not reliant on “political” terms, not “soundbites” but easily digestible and understandable statements.
The REAL problem is getting the main stream media to engage with him and allow him a platform to get his ideas across, rather than the audiences response to a particular BBC reporter or someone leaving a meeting in tears.
is a frightening analysis of media bias which is threatening the democratic process and is something that is far more difficult to fix.