But nature abhors a vacuum. In New Zealand traditional Labour voters are turning to NZ First and in the UK they are turning to UKIP. These parties are more in tune with their concerns – immigration, an inefficient public sector, loss of traditional values.
In Britain the election of Corbyn is being greeted with almost uncontrolled glee in Tory circles. Here is the Telegraph.
Labour has not just relinquished any prospect of being a party of government. It has just relinquished any prospect of being a party of opposition. Earlier in the week David Cameron called his ministers together for their political cabinet. It opened with some concerned analysis about the potential political consequences of a Corbyn victory. One minister pointed to the size of Labour’s potential activist base. Another noted how the enthusiasm for Corbyn amongst Labour supporters reminded him of the first stirrings of the SNP surge in Scotland. Then there was a pause. And then everyone started laughing. It was, they all agreed, a result beyond their wildest dreams.
This is what the Labour Party has become. Literally, a laughing stock.
Corbyn will have an initial honeymoon. He may do well initially in the polls on the back of his win. Also the public may like a politician who says exactly what he thinks, rather than one who considers what is politically safe to say.
However it will not last. Not only are his economic policies akin to Syriza, his foreign policy is further to the left of even say Keith Locke.
He will either have to moderate his beliefs in order to be electable, or go into an election promising to scrap NATO, embrace Hamas, print unlimited money to fund everything and tax the rich until they leave.
But if he starts to divert from his true beliefs, then his appeal as a straight talking politician will suffer.
You can not say for sure he will never be Prime Minister, as events can interfere. Cameron’s Government might implode. But it is fair to say he is the most unlikely candidate for Prime Minister in recent British history.
What might assist him somewhat is that there is no credible third party for people who are against the Conservatives to go to, if in England. If the Lib Dems had not almost been wiped out in the election, they could have done massively well from Corbyn’s leadership. But they are just a sliver of what they were.
The current immigration crisis in Europe is fuelling UKIP’s push to take Britain out of Europe (Brexit), something that has appeal across the political divide including Tory England. As the Brexit movement gains momentum so will the rise of UKIP. Within the next five years UKIP will fill the gap left by the death of the Labour Party.
I will not mourn its demise.
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