Jeremy Corbyn has been crowned leader of the Labour party. If this happened a year ago I would be jubilant. The experience of the ‘government of the left’ in Greece however has scared me enough to distrust any ‘left’ alternative that comes from ‘movements’ in the sidelines of the political spectrum.
Once again we have this paradox. Corbyn seems to voice many concerns that as academics we have been expressing for years, yet as I explained before this is a revolution past its sell-by date. I think pigs have a better chance of flying than Corbyn ever seeing the inside of Downing Street. Nonetheless, Corbyn can open up a debate that helps to recreate a political centre in British politics.
This is exactly why there is value to the Corbyn win, it opens a gap between the left and Cameron’s uncaring right. Seen through the lens of the Brexit referendum, this could be a pro-euro centre. Who can occupy such a space in 2020? The only centrist pro-Europe party we have left are the Liberal Democrats. Can they rise to the challenge and lead the centre of British politics?