The election of Jeremy Corbyn


The election of Jeremy Corbyn, for the leadership of the Labour, marks the most left turn into one of the most conservative party environments.

A veteran politician of the left, 66 years old, with political considerations, which Labour had put in the dustbin of history from the 1980s, takes the helm of the opposition of Great Britain and promises social change. Reflecting the political history of Great Britain, the democratization, the industrialization, the rise of unions, the rise of Labour, the transformation of the Conservatives and the during pivotal Liberals, one wonders how it came into British society’s to request for the policy of Jeremy Corbyn.

Initially the victory of Cameron rose for the leadership of Labour, basic questions about the future of the party. The political choice of Ed Miliband was not a common choice. Instead, the former Labour leader was far from center-left roots, intentions, so he tried to project the radical discourse. With no doubt we cannot easily compare Ed Miliband with the political positioning of Jeremy Corbyn, but we should focus on the way the electoral base of Labour is making its choices for the future.

To the hegemonic dimension that characterizes, now, the Conservatives of Cameron, Labour replied with more radicality in politics. However it would be wrong to focus our analysis only on the level of party competition. The current Labour leader was an option beyond the framework that the current partisan competition posed. He was based on externality, refuses the common internal route inside the party of Labour. He knew that the current intrapartisan correlations could not be in favor of his candidacy, so he developed a strategy, focused on the power of unions, which in other circumstances there would be no strongly on the electoral discussion table. He represented the European anti-austerity movement in UK, so easily distracted the young people in particular, which are politically placed against ordinary political correlations. The vision of the young was easily captured by Corbyn, because of the statue of the radical political Youngs that want the social change. The past pave the path through the political memory.

Labour were in crisis, as the leadership of Ed Miliband not proved correct, did not attract citizens, while showed the pathogenicity of the Labour party. The decision to open the leader selection procedures was accepted enthusiastically by citizens who resist the hitherto internal party political processes. One could even say that open candidate procedures attracted more that part of the base of the Labour Party, that is more anti-systemic and pursuing demands for social change to be presented in a more acute way through most controversial personalities. The openness always facilitates the brutal political attitude and much less internal party cohesion and government efficiency and stability.

Jeremy Corbyn did not come to follow on any inter-party group or route. Unlike the social demands, which were formed as a result of the intensity of the movements against the austerity of the 2010s, lead him to the helm of Labour. The question for each such policy development is the extent to which they can adapt in the balance and do not turn the institutional pathways into populist platforms.

Veni Mouzakiari
Veni Mouzakiari
Phd Candidate at the department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia. Political consultant


The BRICS status and role in global governance

Many people compare BRICS to NATO or the UN,...

Pakistan’s Contribution in UNESCO acknowledged

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)...

DPR Korea: Military satellites, ‘serious risk’ to civil aviation and shipping

The recent launch of a reconnaissance satellite by the Democratic People’s Republic...