On the day that David Cameron went to see the Queen before he left number 10 for the last time, a Radio 4 journalist, speaking in hushed, reverential tones, compared it to when Winston Churchill left office.

The previous day another Radio 4 broadcaster was considering the Corbyn phenomenon.

He mused out loud that there must be a personality cult around the figure of the Labour leader; why else was he proving so popular?

He didn’t mention Stalin, but he might as well have done.

This is the means by which propaganda is instilled in us, in the form of images which we absorb almost unconsciously, and which then frame the debate.

That such a radical reconstruction of the truth was taking place in the context of the news – a supposed source of objectivity – shows how insidious the process is.

Corbyn is almost always described as “hard left” while his rivals in the Labour Party are referred to as “moderates”.

Well I have news for the reporter who was unable to figure out why Corbyn remains so popular, despite the media’s best efforts to undermine him: it has nothing to do with his personality. It’s his policies.

I read somewhere that the Labour Party under its previous leadership would have been incapable of creating the NHS.

And there’s the point. A Labour Party that is not committed to public services, to public ownership, to public investment and to redistribution of wealth, isn’t really a Labour Party at all.

It’s just a re-branded Tory Party with a red rose for its logo.

John Nicholson of the Scottish National Party, describing the way Corbyn was treated by the Parliamentary Labour Party, referred to their “visceral hatred from the word go”.

He said, “If I was a young Labour voter, I think I would find the behaviour of Labour backbenchers utterly frustrating: surely there has to be some sort of respect for the duly elected leader.”

It seems almost certain that Corbyn will be re-elected in the autumn.

It is also fairly obvious that the war of attrition from the backbenches will continue. What this means for the future of the Labour Party is unclear.


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