Media 47: FT would-be king-breaker once again subserviently represents financial and political interests threatened by the prospect of government for the common good
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Peter Oborne recalls that in the 1990s the political process was captured by the ‘modernisers’, first with Blairites in Labour, and later in David Cameron’s Conservatives and the main parties looked and sounded identical.
They abolished real political debate – anyone who disagreed with conventional opinion was labelled an ‘extremist’:
“All three mainstream parties despised the views of ordinary voters. They produced identical leaders, in their mid-40s with no experience of the world. They viewed politics as being about technique rather than ideas. They viewed political argument as akin to advertising margarine or soap powder . . . The triumph of the spin and focus group-obsessed modernisers led to the collapse in trust in politics, especially among the young. Blairite contempt for Labour’s working-class supporters led directly to the rise of the Scottish National Party and then Corbyn’s election”.
He adds that we should celebrate Jeremy Corbyn, who is “the first authentic leader of a mainstream political party since Margaret Thatcher. It stands to reason that he should be hated and plotted against by the political establishment. Just like Maggie Thatcher 40 years ago, he despises everything they stand for. They despise him back”.
However, under the inaccurate and emotive title: ‘Jeremy Corbyn faces race to tighten grip before being ousted’, Jim Pickard once again rehashes criticisms, failing to mention the 211 MPs who supported the new administration’s economic policy and preferring to focus on the minority of 21 disaffected Blairite MPs.
The corporate-political nexus resents the resurgence of democracy, in particular fearing the new Momentum organisation gathering in many areas of the country, with a membership drawn from the hundreds of thousands who have regained hope of a better future.
Ken Livingstone recalls his early days when he became head of the Greater London Council in 1981: “The level of the media intensity is quite something, it reminds me every day of how the papers reacted in 1981 when I became GLC leader. It took me time to get everything organised, it will take Jeremy Corbyn time. But he is focusing on the economy rather than trivial stuff, he is doing the right thing.”
One aide said that the new leader had been genuinely collegiate in his discussions, allowing members of the shadow cabinet to air differences of opinion during their regular weekly meeting – instead of whipping them into submission – civilised and truly democratic.
Oborne is “wholeheartedly cheering on Corbyn” who has ”brought a wonderful freshness to British politics”.
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Posted on October 17, 2015, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Media, MPs, Public relations, Vested interests and tagged Blairite MPs, Jeremy Corbyn, Jim Pickard, Ken Livingstone, Momentum, Peter Oborne, shadow cabinet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.