The fact that Corbyn is so far ahead and looks set to actually win, is very in keeping with what happened in Scotland in May, along with the Greens own 1 million+ votes: the fact that politics must be about contestation and ideas not 'delivery' of a copy of a copy of sound bite and cliché: the time of 'post politics' is at an end.
I am someone who, if stories in the press are to be believed, would stand to lose out financially due to "socialist" policies. Yet after listening carefully to all four candidates, it is clear to me that Jeremy Corbyn's policy platform is not on the "loony left".
Blairites, Corbynites, Torylites, Bennites and every other member of the church need to come together under a common banner. And, of course, the leader will have to make compromises that appeal to the entire congregation.
I won't be joining the Labour Party, but I am part of the wider labour movement. As such, I will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn. I will be voting for hope.
Labour are up a creek without a paddle, following yet another General Election defeat. As the party faces internal turmoil, they host a fascinating leadership debate that will see the party go one of two ways. Yes, two, not four.
Dear leadership candidates for the Labour Party, Before the quelled vitriol that has sizzled the top of my oesophagus for some time now has the oppor...
The next choice of leader is vital. Get it wrong and like the Tories in 2001, when Iain Duncan-Smith proved to be an even less effective leader than William Hague before him, the party could well be condemned to a generation on the opposition benches. Get it right, and there is plenty there to hold to Government to account over.
I agree that we need an honest debate about welfare - just like we need honest debates about housing, education and all other aspects of government policy that impact greatly on people's daily lives. And I think these debates are best approached from the centre. For that reason, I still think you're the Labour Party's greatest hope as leader right now. But to do that, Andy, you have to take people with you. You have to lead them. You have to give them what Sarah Palin so memorably called "that hopey-changey stuff" (and I think it's about time the Left reclaimed that from her, don't you?). This is what Jeremy Corbyn is doing so well - and why he's getting such levels of support from party members, especially new ones like myself.
If a week is a long time in politics, six weeks can be an eternity; but if Corbyn can stay the course, he may well be the outsider who leads his tribe and his country to a better future.
Corbyn's popularity has shown that honest value-based politics definitely do still have a place on the British political landscape, but if Labour continue to allow their values to be defined by public opinion rather than letting their values help to inform and shape public opinion, they will surely become an irrelevance in the years to come.
Lord Falconer may be right about Andy Burnham. He is wrong about Yvette Cooper. He's probably wrong about Liz Kendall too. Most of all, he is wrong to make the debate again about the two men in the contest... We are more than half the population, we are the big bright shining lights, not just a string of fairy lights decorating the main event.
This leadership election has turned into something of a political marathon, and there are some who are getting a bit panicky about who might end up winning. I've met hundreds of our members this year in every corner of the country. They are sensible, decent people - they are our best resource; and one that we've not made enough of over the years. I believe they will come to the same conclusion that I have reached. That the person best placed to unite our movement and our party, and to lead us back to victory, is Andy.
Jeremy Corbyn could be our next Prime Minister. Not just statistically, on the basis of the latest YouGov poll that Blair and the PLP have been flapping over, but really. Like really really.
The rationale for the Conservative Government continuing to push through HS2, the proposed high speed rail link, can easily be summed up by these immo...
I want to say to anyone in the Labour Party who really thinks that it's more important to burnish our socialist credentials than to sully our hands by actively pursuing power, please think again. Of course we have to hold firm to our principles but we have to be absolutely disciplined in our pursuit of policies that can command the support of the whole country... We will only advance as a party if we have a leader who actually wants to be Prime Minister and who the electorate (in Clacton as well as Rhondda) thinks can be Prime Minister
There is a silent majority, similar to the silent majority of voters who regarded Ed Miliband as wholly unelectable and the Labour party as unable to manage the public purse. And as at the election, it's a silent majority that appears to have been largely missed in the polling. These people are not going to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.