- Monday, July 20, 2015
- Sam Ashton
To the shock and surprise of the Blairites, Jeremy Corbyn has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to become the next leader of the British Labour Party. At the time of writing, Jeremy has secured the nominations of 70 constituency Labour parties, ahead of the “favorite” Andy Burnham at 67, with Yvette Cooper on 58 and the arch-Blairite Liz Kendall trailing at 12. At the same time, a leaked private poll of party members has shown Jeremy to have a commanding lead of 15 points over his three right-wing opponents.
For the ruling class, it is not the prospect of a Labour Party led by Jeremy losing the next election that keeps them awake at night. What they’re really worried about is precisely the opposite: that a victory for Jeremy would mean giving a prominent platform in parliament to a strong anti-austerity voice, which in turn could open the way for a mass movement that could provide people with the confidence to stand up and fight back against austerity.