Watching the established Labour Party officials try to derail the campaign of Jeremy Corbyn, the openly socialist running against three establishment candidates seeking to become the UK’S Labour Party leader, might be a precursor to what the Democrats in the U.S. will do if Bernie Sanders ever looks to be on the threshold of winning the Dems nomination for President.
Every Labour Party big wig, past and present, including two former Labour Party Prime Ministers, have come out strongly and viciously against Corbyn’s candidacy. Their main argument against him? He can’t win the job of Prime Minister come the next general election…he’s too far left! And so they have changed the rules of the nominating process, the other three candidates have urged their supporters to list each other as second choice on their ballots. Even the liberal Guardian newspaper has endorsed one of the other three candidates.
But the most interesting aspect of the Corbyn campaign is how it has resulted in an unprecedented surge in young people signing up to be members of the Labour Party and, according to the latest polls, how he is now not only double digits ahead of his opponents, he is polling surprisingly well among the general population of British voters who, his Labour Party detractors claim, would never vote for him for PM. They seem to resonate with his honest and straight talk about his left politics (anti-austerity, return various public services to the government, tax the rich, increase support for the poor, etc.) and his refusal to criticize his opponents. No one gave him a chance when he announced his candidacy a month ago. So if I were Hillary Clinton, I’d be a bit more nervous about Bernie Sanders than I’d be about my handling of my e-mail accounts.