It would be an understatement to say that Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as leader of the Labour Party has been controversial. It would be foolish to suggest the Labour Party has not moved back to left-wing politics but is Jeremy Corbyn now over the worst?
Jeremy Corbyn is tenacious
There are very few other politicians in the world today that would have battled like Jeremy Corbyn has over the last year or so. This is a man who was originally put forward as a protest vote for the next Labour leader but actually came out on top. He reignited a left-wing movement in the UK the like of which has not been seen for many years and this catapulted him to power. He has upset the establishment, he has spoken his mind and he has made an awful lot of enemies within his own Labour Party.
However, while some politicians come and go, flip-flop with their ideals, Jeremy Corbyn does not fall into this category. This is a man who was held true to his ideals from years gone by and refuses to yield to the establishment and move towards new policies for the centre ground.
Is Labour now electable?
We only need to look over the waters to see the appointment of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA to see how things can change very quickly in politics. Only a few weeks ago the so-called “experts” were suggesting that the Labour Party would not be electable for many years to come. There were suggestions at the Conservative Party would walk the next election with the Liberal Democrats falling by the wayside and UKIP imploding. So, is Labour now electable?
After all the doom and gloom, infighting and controversy of recent times Jeremy Corbyn now needs to make clear his policies to the voting public. We have seen comments, we have seen suggestions put no confirmation as to where additional expenditure will come from. We know the middle to higher classes would be taxed more under a Corbyn government, we know that the benefit system would be increased but is this enough to push Labour over the electoral finishing line?
Progress has been made but more work is needed
At this moment in time the UK electorate is now becoming more familiar with Jeremy Corbyn and seems to have reluctantly accepted his way of doing things. There will be many changes in the Labour Party in the weeks and months ahead and while his rating may start to rise amongst the disenfranchised of the UK population it does look as though more work needs to be done. Some of the ideas to nationalise businesses do not make sense from a political and an economic point of view. Giving yet more power to the unions could take the UK back to the 1970s and 1980s, when strikes were rife and the general public up in arms.
It may well be that the current Conservative government has gone too far to the right at this moment in time but they hold more of the centre ground than Jeremy Corbyn. If he is looking to gain power at the next election Jeremy Corbyn will need to dilute some of his more left-wing policies and try to attract voters from the centre ground. This may seem difficult at this moment in time but look at the way Donald Trump, against all the odds, was elected President of the United States of America. There is hope for everybody!