unmapped · 16/07/2015 23:09
I think he's great. I totally disagree that he's unelectable. There hasnt been a truly left wing candidate for a long time and there are whole swathes of people who are looking for a better life and a better society the one on offer from the right. I really hope he wins
CaptainHolt · 16/07/2015 23:10
The SNP are 'left wing' and they smashed it. Labour lost a lot of their core support by echoing Tory election pledges - the 'We will be tough on immigration' mug being a case in point. I think they need to step a bit to the left to appeal to the 76% of people who didn't vote Tory because the 24% who did will carry on voting Tory, rather than voting for Tories in red ties.
DavesButt · 17/07/2015 00:33
He's exactly what I am looking for as a labour leader - His voting record in the HoC speaks volumes about his ethics and morality - I've joined the labour party just so I can vote for him.
You know the right wing press is worried when they all they can do is slag him off! His interview with Krishnan Guru Murthy was priceless
TendonQueen · 17/07/2015 00:45
But then why are Tory voters joining as Labour supporters to vote for him, and why are the Tories gleeful that he's doing so well? I actually like what he says but I have serious doubts about his broad appeal across the UK, and as it is I would rather get the Tories out with a less radical alternative than see Labour lose another election. I know it sounds less inspiring. Just reminds me all of the apparent popularity of Ed coming up to May. I don't like being a naysayer but I really want to be pragmatic and get the win.
cruikshank · 17/07/2015 01:33
I think he's exactly what Labour needs and will be voting for him come August the 12th. More than that, I think he's what the country needs. Don't forget, Labour lost the election in catastrophic fashion in Scotland to a party that was very far to the left of them. This is what people want. Also, a lot of the voters that went to Labour from UKIP did so because they perceived (wrongly) that UKIP represented ordinary workers. In any case, he can't do any worse than some wanker with a tombstone and a racist mug.
UptownFlunk · 17/07/2015 04:32
Those comparing the situation in Scotland to the one in England are completely wrong. Scotland has leaned much more towards the left than England for decades. Just because the SNP did well there does not mean left-wing policies will do well in England. I am a true leftie and it grieves me to say this but I learned the hard way in the eighties that when Labour lurch too far to the left they become unelectable in England. It's a hard, unpleasant fact but it's the truth. The majority of voters in the UK want middle-of-the-road policies and the party dominating the centre ground will win elections. The election of Jeremy Corbyn would be a disaster for Labour, they would be out of power for decades.
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