I agree certainly with the emphasis on positive language. But I think it’s important Corbyn offers opposition, its the Hegelian dialectic, and its been lost in modern politics. We are most certainly approaching a new synthesis and we should embrace it with care. And the clearer Labour define themselves against the Tories the quicker we’ll reach that catalytic point
The section of the voting public who aren’t interested in politics or the divisions and just want to get on with their lives genuinely like hearing sensible, positive and tough sounding politicians saying things that ‘pat them on the back’ and yes they form a majority of the voters and sadly more of them are voting Right. So yes, Corbyn could do with singing some praises. If Corbyn could somehow combine that with his activism, I think we’d have something substantial. But we’re also lost within this notion of what a leader ‘should be’.
Dont forget, Harold Wilson faced the entire establishment during his tenure(s). They tried to destroy him and he was nowhere near Corbyn or Benn. But that doesnt mean therefore that all future Left leaders have to sell themselves as non-threatening. The point is, even if Corbyn loses in the end, he will have effected positive change, concessions by thos ein power will be made, improvements will happen. Sadly its not just the neoliberal reality we all have to live in that Corbyn is trying to unpick but outside of that reality is another reality, the one that has always existed — traditional power as held by the establishment. If we stop fighting them and continue to compromise (as Labour have been doing) things will only get worse and the Left will shrink out of site and politics for people will have died entirely. There will only be the politics of corporate power and the consumer slaves who buy, pay for, and work for them.
Also, the language needs to develop to reflect the culture as is. There should be plans in place to embrace the change in the notion of a future workforce, automation, high-tech living. There needs to be some great, trusted theorist guiding Corbyn and I don’t see him or her emerging yet.
We’re living in a perfectly preposterous dichotmy. I’m both excited and terrified. The angel of history is flapping its wings again. But to return to politics as usual in the longterm will only benefit the Tories. We must fight them harder than we have been in the last several years.
I remain a Corbyn supporter, but I understand the need for others to rise up, and they will, we just have to hope they’re not machiavelian scrotes.
I want to think Clive Lewis may be one of those to rise up and bring forth a new progressive Labour, but I even have my doubts about his authenticity. Call it a hunch.