The 2017 General Election result caught the myopic political pundit class totally by surprise. They were hoping for Corbyn to be wiped out so that they could lecture the public about the foolishness of hoping for a better, fairer future.
They missed a few incredibly important things. They failed to factor in the huge number of Labour Party members, they failed to factor in the role of social media, and they failed to factor in that the British public are absolutely sick of Aussie-style much-raking politics from the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Lynton Crosby.
Some journalists have taken this humbling in the right way. For example Medhi Hasan (the chief political editor of Huffington Post) said this
“I would not let myself believe, as many others on the left did, that a Corbyn premiership was a very real and live possibility, rather than a mad fantasy, a progressive delusion. I was wrong. Completely, utterly, hopelessly wrong … but never have I been happier to be wrong.” [source]
In my view this shows an excellent balance of contrition and optimism. He’s admitted that he’s been proven wrong, and indicated that he’s going to stop patronising us and take us seriously now.
Meanwhile several Guardian columnists are still pushing their desperate anti-Corbyn agendas this week, despite having had their noses well and truly rubbed in their own “unelectacble” excrement by the electorate.
These people exist in their own bubbles of privilege, and fail to understand that although not perfect (no politician, no person ever is) Corbyn represents the best chance we’ve got of overturning the neoliberal Westminster hegemony that has held a vice-like grip over the British political system, and the British economy ever since 1979.
The options are that: they don’t want to overturn the neoliberal hegemony (“we’re quite well off under the current system so screw you guys at the bottom, we want things to stay the same”), they’re hoping for a more ideal candidate to come along (far more naive than the Corbyn supporters they relentlessly attack for supposedly being “unrealistic”) or they simply don’t understand the importance of replacing the neoliberal hegemony with a kind of politics that delivers for everyone, not just the privileged few (in which case they have no place at all commenting about politics in a supposedly left-liberal publication).
Just look at the concerted efforts these people went to in order to destroy the best hope that democratic socialism has had in years.