With the likes of the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, Channel 4's Michael Crick, and the Guardian's Polly Toynbee all pouring out bucket loads of venom against the democratically elected Mr Corbyn, not to mention the usual bile from the Tory tabloids, it's a wonder that JC has remained so upbeat and energetic. With journalists like Kuenssberg and Crick, who needs enemies. Our clique of esteemed investigative journalists imagine themselves to be rigorously journalistic in their hounding of Corbyn but they are not. Good investigative journalism would be focusing on Corbyn's radical policies. They would be teasing out the respective merits or otherwise of the public ownership of the nation's infrastructure; the value or otherwise of returning to free university education and the wisdom or otherwise of keeping the NHS solely in the public sector. They might also care to investigate the merits of a nuclear free foreign policy. But no. Our oh-so-knowledgeable media superstars are more intent on persistently undermining JC on the spurious grounds of Trotskyist infiltration.

 

 

 

As Noam Chomsky would undoubtedly concur, language is as important as the policies themselves in the murky and dirty world of politics. That the likes of the BBC, Channel Four and The Guardian should buy into the language of the Tory tabloids is disappointing to say the least. Whipping up a storm about Trotskyite infiltration does little for their credibility as sources of independent news and opinion. Yes, there is undoubtedly a story about the complex relationship between the Labour Party and the myriad of other left-wing parties. It has been a story since the very inception of the Labour Party. But this historical and ongoing story should not be used, 24/7, to beat the Labour leader around the head with, especially during an internal leadership contest where you might expect the so-called quality media to attempt some sort of neutrality. Fat chance. Funny how our esteemed investigative journalists have cleverly airbrushed out of the public consciousness Owen Smiths PR and lobbying links to the pharmaceutical industry. So much for neutrality.

 

The much more significant story than a few hundred alleged entryists is Corbyn's ten pledges for a future Labour Government. Corbyn's pledge of a 500 billion investment programme in Britains ailing infrastructure is nothing short of revolutionary. It's a gigantic story in itself yet it has gained little traction with our holier than thou investigative journalists. Corbyn's pledge to renationalise the railways barely rates a mention. And Corbyn's radically audacious pledge to abolish university fees, reintroduce the EMA and create a National Education System to sit alongside a fully funded National Health System is in fact a full return to the radicalism of the Welfare State itself. But, blinded by their contempt of all things left of Blair, our esteemed investigative journalists have turned themselves into little more than tabloid hacks.

 

Corbyn's response to all this media hostility has been spot on. Capture the energy of social media savvy youth and the imagination of the grass-roots activists. This is where JC will find the volunteer army needed to enthuse and mobilise the general population when the next general election is finally called. And when that election comes along, language will be as important as the policies themselves. Listening to Peter Taffe of the old Militant Tendency banging on about the working class just won't do the job. As every self-respecting Marxist knows, the essence of the class struggle remains the same throughout the ages but the appearance and forms of those struggles inevitably changes. As we move into the era of post-industrial capitalism in the developed western nations the form of the class struggle inevitably moves away from the centrality of the industrial working class and assumes the form of the ninety-nine percent defending itself from the rapacious one percent - a dynamic brilliantly encapsulated by the Occupy movement a few years back.

 

Since the fading of the Occupy movement, Syriza and Podemos have carried the torch of the anti-austerity resistance. Now it may be the time of the Corbynistas. It's always a class struggle against inequality but now this struggle increasingly configures itself as the struggle of the vast majority of humanity against a tiny handful of self-serving elites. It variously takes the form of an environmental struggle, a gender struggle, a civil rights struggle, a struggle for indigenous land rights or a struggle for a secular and humanist culture as often as it does an industrial and work place struggle. Always, it's a struggle for transparency, regulation and accountability. And in a return to Marx, it's a struggle for collective control over the world's precious resources. And of course, it is always a struggle for universal human rights. Corbyn, I suspect, understands this historical process and senses this historical moment. If he can successfully promote the vision of the 99% reclaiming their planet, criminally expropriated by the greedy 1%, then just about everybody can consider themselves a Corbynista. Even Laura Kuenssberg and Co if they would only realise it.

End JPK Copyright, 18/8/16

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