Corbyn is probably better suited to being a Deputy Prime Minster, a.k.a. a mad uncle of British politics, with more influence than actual power and a certain license to say ridiculous things like this.
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- I was wondering how long it would take for his opponents to carry out this strategy of forcing him into a defensive stance. All they had to do was say to him that Idea X might be a good thing, so that he, quite reasonably, said he would ask the people best placed to say if Idea X was a good idea, and they could start banging on about "Corbyn supports Idea X, which lots of people don't like". Instead of expanding on the things people want the country to do, making progressive ideals seem attainable, suddenly he has to go round defending against stupid ideas he never put forward himself. And there we are, back with the New Labour - Tory coalition, whose main aim is to see nothing ever changes.
It's not about whether Idea X is good, bad, or indifferent. What mattered to them was breaking the flow. There he was, going round talking about all the good things Labour could do, and the people who want those things done liked them, and liked him. He was "framing the debate", and his opponents were unable to compete, having no grand vision of their own.
If he doesn't spot this, and carry on advancing progressive ideas, getting pushed into defending things he never said, New Labour's little Burnham, with no vision of a better future, will sneak in.Aug 27, 2015
- He didn't say it, he said it could be considered, and that's all it takes to get stupid headlines.Aug 27, 2015
- I think it takes a certain amount of dishonesty on the part of the headline writers...Aug 27, 2015
- That's journalism for you.. The BBC covered it fairly well but even their headlines associated s idea with him. Have a read of "A mind of its own" by Cordelia Fine, good book.Aug 27, 2015