Jeremy Corbyn and the End of the West

In October 2015 the American novelist Jonathan Franzen gave a talk in London in which he expressed pleasure that Jeremy Corbyn had just been elected leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party. To his evident surprise, Franzen’s endorsement was met with only scattered applause and then an embarrassed silence.

Most of Franzen’s audience were the same sort of people likely to attend a Franzen talk in New York: Upper-middle-class bien pensant Guardian readers who revile the name Thatcher the way a New York Times home-delivery subscriber reviles the name Reagan. For them, as for most Labour members of Parliament, the elevation of Jeremy Corbyn offers little to celebrate. Indeed, it looks a lot like a disaster—a bizarre and potentially devastating epilogue to the shocking rout of the Labour Party at the May 2015 general election.

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    Jeremy Corbyn is the greatest asset to the Conservatives. He makes Labour unelectable for the next 10 years as least.

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    • BillyHW

      Satan himself is electable in a world where women get to vote.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The SAS should take this guy out before he can do any damage.