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1. December 2015 I Will Denayer I Economic Policy, Europe, General Politics

Corbyn has to get rid of the fanatics mistakenly called ‘realists’ and ‘moderates’

This is an article by Will Denayer. Heiner Flassbeck left a comment: As might be expected, there is  massive resistance within the Labour party to Jeremy Corbyn, the new party leader, who was elected by a great majority of the base. Denayer describes the mood in Great Britain very well and shows the typical dilemma in which social democratic parties that are unwilling to confront austerity head on find themselves.  


For many months, it was a shameful and despicable spectacle to see the Labour bosses mount an attack of the lowest kind imaginable on a candidate for the leadership of their party because he is a socialist. Or perhaps he’s just a social-democrat. The fear that the Labour party could fall into the hands of a social-democrat was too much for them to bear, so the political and media elite concocted to character-assassinate Jeremy Corbyn. Hundreds of vile articles were produced: Corbyn is an anti-Semite, a sexist, he is friends with the IRA, he is a pacifist, an old hippie, an ideological fossil from a bygone age, he is against the monarchy, with Corbyn we can’t win the 2020 elections. The labour bosses expelled thousands from the party on the flimsiest of excuses: they were ‘infiltrators’ from the left or from the right. Corbyn received more criticism from the press than any other politician in living memory – and not only from tabloids such as The Sun or The Daily Mail. The liberal The Guardian, The Independent and the BBC gave Corbyn more contempt in a mere couple of months than Cameron suffered in years (see here for the las…
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