Corbynista revolution: Will it end in more disillusion for young people
Things are rarely what they seem in politics, and the Corbynista revolution is no different.
Corbyn’s support group Momentum highlight increased membership from young new members; they’re not so keen to mention the hotchpotch bands of faux Trotskyites, old time Stalinists and Tories with a mischievous sense of humour
Nonetheless, Corbyn has generated a wave of optimism among the disillusioned.
The people surfing that tide are the Unions, with Len McCluskey and UNITE using it to build their power and even up some old scores within the Party.
As I write the purge of unwanted MPs has begun.
Technically, Labour MPs can’t be deselected until there is something to be elected for. For now, Constituency Labour Party meetings are seeing a spate of motions trying to tie the CLP into supporting Corbyn and criticising overtly or implicitly their local MP. Laying the ground for deselection fights come election time. All three Rotherham MP’s need watch their backs.
Again, while headlining the new members, these motions are actually being orchestrated by union organisers and activists who are quite happy to generate anger among the young, tarnishing almost all Labour MPs as capitalist flunkies of the Thatcher/Blair/Murdoch fascist right…yes they really use that language.
It’s reported that this weekend Len (himself only voted UNITE President by 10% of members) is closeted with a few other would be power brokers sorting out a peace deal for Labour. Strangely Corbyn isn’t present.
Whatever the result of the PLP and Corbyn fight, election or no, McCluskey and the unions will help to disappoint and disillusion the idealistic youth.
The Unions problem is choice is a lot of power in a leftist fringe political party, or significant influence in a more middle of the road electable party. He will choose the latter and union activists will be instructed accordingly.
Remember, in the referendum only 33% of 18-24 year olds voted, while 84% of over 65s did. That’s politics and the unions know where the electorate power is. McClusky will also be aware of his own member’s feelings about Corbyn. Recently he dismissed an opinion poll of 750 members showing 65% think Corbyn is doing a poor job. But if you take away his activists that’s probably 750 more member opinions than he’s polled himself..
The sell-out of the young is already beginning in McClusky’s power brokering meetings, and once the Unions have what they want it will be complete. If the Union leaders get their way things Labour will soon go back to their old ways, but they#ll have a some more power.
Of course that is unless they judge it wrongly, and are one of the many forces that are breaking the Party up.