Bland UK Conservatives are blind to maverick Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal

Bland UK Conservatives are blind to maverick Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal, by Janet Albrechtsen.

Professional politicians are killing modern politics. … Gone are people with real-world experience. And when politicians haven’t had a real job, it’s no surprise that they’re disconnected from what matters most to the voting public. In this vacuum, straight-talking Corbyn and Trump make sense. …

May has become Corbyn’s most effective enabler. … No cut through. No real sense of what she believes in. Trying to look more human last week on ITV’s This Morning! May gabbed on about the critical need for a review of university tuition fees. Meanwhile Corbyn promises to get rid of tuition fees. Tories can’t possibly outbid Corbyn, but at least try a passionate rebuttal, pointing out that no fees are a boon for the rich and a hit to every low-income taxpayer. Instead, May sat quietly, brow furrowed, mumbling about being determined to jolly-well get on with her job. …

Last year, the party of Thatcher couldn’t even launch a spirited defence of Uber, its 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million users of its app, which is disrupting the London cab monopoly. Instead, Labour mayor Sadiq Khan has been bringing Uber to heel.

It’s not enough for the Tories to counter Corbyn’s crazy socialist policies, be it rent control or renationalisation, by alluding to the disasters of the 1970s when his most ardent supporters were born in the 90s. Corbyn is resonating because Tories can’t rebut his policies with enough courage and conviction, and because his critics have cried wolf too many times.

The May government is right that Corbyn’s policies will be disastrous for the British economy. So was Bobby Vedral, the London-based Goldman Sachs partner who recently said: “If we have Corbyn, we have Cuba without the sun.” But most Tories and almost every corporate head honcho said a vote for Brexit would cause immediate economic ruin, and now Brexit is official government policy and the economy is fine. …

Both Trump and Corbyn have attracted ridiculous slurs, with each affront only cementing their popularity with supporters. It lets both men point to a media monolith that is out to get them. Recent claims by Corbyn’s opponents that he sold secrets to communist spies during the Cold War, accusing him of “betraying his country”, comparing him with Kim Philby, a proven traitor, are backfiring. The May government looks desperate and Corbyn has another chance to promise that change is coming, this time pointing the finger at billionaire press barons.

The rise of this radical socialist is bad news for Australia. Bill Shorten may be the poor man’s Corbyn, but Labor is steadily ahead in the polls here because even Shorten’s opportunistic brand of class-war politics is resonating more than blancmange managerialism from the Turnbull government.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific