Regarding Grenfell, the fact that 9 months later, after an official body count of 79 (reports on the ground put that much higher), not even a single arrest has been made is indictment enough of a government which clearly doesn’t give a shit about the people at the lowest rungs of the society. Sure, those same policies were pushed by Tony Blair, a war criminal who was Thatcher’s greatest achievement, in that he turned Labour into a neoliberal party pushing for the same economic agenda as her (carrying on privatisation, further increase on tuition fees, war in Iraq). In case you hadn’t figured it out, I am certainly no fan.

I just do not understand people like yourself who are so opposed to “extreme” ideology without giving any thought to what exactly you might be dealing with here. Corbyn is a textbook Democratic Socialist, hardly the far-left revolutionary that the press seems to desperate to paint him as. I just don’t get how you can compare the politics of one faction which ultimately wishes to commit genocide or mass deportation, whose politics is purely based on inherited traits like race and gender, and another which identifies the problems as being systemic to capitalist economics, and at least in the case of Corbyn, is trying to change that by reversing austerity with sensible policies. Every poll in the country suggests that people are fed up with austerity, and after the last budget, even the Tories don’t seem to think they can push it willy-nilly any more (finally increasing NHS wages). Honestly any political scientist worth their salt won’t give a second thought to horseshoe theory postulating. Try watching this video for a bit more context (there’s plenty more sources discrediting it if you want to do a bit of research).

And as for Corbyn not winning the last GE, come on. Given one months’ notice, still with the majority of the PLP against him, as with the entirety of the mainstream media, the fact that he managed the biggest vote swing since 1945, especially after the losses incurred by Milliband’s failure in 2015, is impressive. And what’s more, he most definitely didn’t do it on a platform of jingoism and populism as you are suggesting, but rather on running an anti-austerity campaign with sensible economic policy proposals. After the Manchester bombing he actually dared to bring up the role of British foreign policy in perpetuating these cycles of violence and terrorism. There was also his willingness to engage with questions as they were asked, rather than responding with the soundbites that all MPs seem to naturally revert to when under the slightest bit of pressure.

The thing I understand least from people with your viewpoint is what you propose we do when faced with this increasingly unstable world, where a certain kind of genocidal politics is coming to the forefront in more than one place. The political centre ground was an experiment for the last 3 decades or so, and has clearly failed by now. So we can either choose a politics of inclusion and fairness, or one of exclusion and a continuation of the same capitalist politics. Look historically, all far-right leaders have always allowed corporations and capitalists to prosper under their rule, meaning that there is no significant change to the material conditions of average peoples’ daily lives. For the me, that choice is pretty straightforward.

North London Bengali, writing about politics, culture, football and climate

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