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Should Jeremy Corbyn set up a political party?

Jeremy Corbyn has not seen, contributed to or authorized this article.
It has been produced independently by a joint effort of the APEurope Correspondents' Pool.

This was to have been a single final contribution to this series. However, what has emerged from our analysis is that in spite of Jeremy Corbyn's patience in presenting his positions the interpretations of what he states, there is a significant lack of understanding, on the part of many, as to the meanings of some terms whose meanings have changed significantly in the context of experience and notions of feasibility of solutions. It is as if the mind sets of many politicians and media are in a time warp that has short-circuited to the meaning of terminologies at the time of the initiation of the post 1945 Cold War or even 1917. In general, it is on the basis of such misinterpretations that most attacks occur without sufficient consideration having been given to the particular context and relevance of Corbyn message to that context. On the other hand these misintepretations are not only founded on this type of ignorance but rather they are often used to attack, based on intentional misrepresentations.

It is not possible to handle the contributions of Corbyn as well as these terminological issues in one article so Part 3 of this series will become a short series in order to cover:
  1. Things Corbyn stands for as expressed by his positions and actions establishing a long track record in contrast to the approach by other politicians in the light of current affairs;
  2. What aspects of Corbyn's positions are particularly sensitive to those who end up attacking him;
  3. What we present as a more reasonable interpretation of what Corbyn says in terms of its relevance to the state of our society today;
  4. What we would propose as statements of policies in the interests of the many, not for a new-fangled political party but rather for an expanding movement.
Therefore this current article will cover item 1 in the proposed list above.

Jeremy Corbyn, in reality, expresses and represents many of the more positive values that a large proportion of the British public value and admire.

However, in the crude soulless and somewhat brutal operation of party machines, it is very evident that Britain's problems, of which there are many, cannot be solved through political parties. The rejection of Power report on electorate and political party reform in 2016 by both parties was evidence of their resistance to rational change to enhance the representation of the people. The real time demonstration of this brutality was there for all to see with the engineered antisemitism crisis used to envelop and destroy the Labour party with the sole intent of unjustifiably demonizing Jeremy Corbyn. With the assistance of corporate media this travesty was promoted widely serving as a propaganda and mind control device to sully the name of Jeremy Corbyn.

The preliminary conclusions we come to is that the political party structure and the British media, together represent two dangerous elements able to turn against Corbyn or anyone else who dares to suggest that there is an alternative to the current corrupt system.

Jeremy Corbyn is very much aware of the problems we face in this country as a result of the media being dominated by very few owners. He has expressed his views very clearly on this matter.

There is a need to respond to some communications received concerning this article where people have asked why are we posting a series on this topic linked to Jeremy Corbyn.

First of all we do not represent or have any contact with Jeremy Corbyn but we consider him to be an example of the sort of person it is well worth reporting on as a British asset. Jeremy Corbyn, in spite of the irresponsible corporate media angles on Corbyn, is, in reality, a promoter and supporter of positions on a range of important topics and it is worth mentioning some of these. One might even consider these to represent a Corbynista approach to life and signals the issues considered to be of importance.

Jeremy Corbyn has a long track record of promoting peace and just means of resolving issues. In essence his approach is that of conflict resolution based on a low key low profile direct communication with those in potential or actual conflict. This approach is in marked contrast to the current aggressive hysteria of the government politicians in promoting the narrative that Russia is about to invade the Ukraine.(For a recent update on this crisis see the update).

He has never flinched from meeting with and attempting to understand the positions of those feared by others, to the degree that no communications exists leading to an exacerbation of tensions and conflict. Good past examples were his courage to meet with the IRA, HAMAS and Hizbollah in this spirit.

No one, amongst the constituents of any country desire war and most people want to avoid warfare which enriches arms companies and politicians and kills innocent people. The recent criticism of Corbyn for supporting the Ban the War Coalition by Keir Starmer misrepresented the issue at hand. NATO has become an arms bazaar for armament companies and there is a division within European governments on the question of sanctions against Russia. The only reason Russia would intervene would be to deliver on their duty of care to protect Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the Donbas from genocidal attacks from the Ukrainian government and the Neo-Nazi militia embedded within the Ukrainian National Guard.

Corbyn has a long track record in supporting the interests of the oppressed such as Palestinians and others and he has always been against racism and ethnic and religious intolerance. This is why the engineered antsemitism slurs against him were always completely ridiculous.

In the late 1950s through early 1970s when people like Anthony Crosland MP and Nicholas Kaldor as professor of Economics at Cambridge University made inportant contributions of Labour economic theory. Jeremy Corbyn is the only party leader in the last 50 years to have encouraged and supported a rethink of economic policies, such as the international group effort coordinated by John McDonnell. Those experiencing this joint work found it to be both uplifting and inspiring.

Corbyn has always been a good campaigner. He raised the membership of the Labour party more than 300,000 more than any other leader as well as bolstering the party bank account, not with corporate slush funds but rather with thousands of small donations from inividuals and families.

He has always been a strong supporter of workers, trade unions and defender of the National Health Service while the current Leadership is falling out of favour with the unions..

During the MP expenses scandal it emerged that Jeremy Corbyn was one of the MPs with the lowest spend or waste.

In contrast to many MPs and "leaders", Corbyn says what he means and is evidently a person who is basically honest and without any hint of sleaze or misrepresentation. His exchanges are always courteous and he never attacks the person but focuses on what is communicated.

All of these solid track records relate to an MP who is amongst the longest serving in parliament. His record is an open book.

Although many do not appear to have fathomed a simple fact about Corbyn and this is that he sees things as they are and therefore he is realistic and concerned enough to review and consider new propositions to address the needs of the people of this country; McDonnell's work is testimonny to this fact

As is often the mantra of the Conservatives, many things cannot be achieved without having a successful economy. This is true. However, the definition of "successful economy" is important. The Conservatives often make use of the identity between "a successful economy" and something they refer to as "prosperity". However, it is here that their position falters because they tend to be referring to the prosperity of a few in contrast to Corbyn's focus on the "many".

Therefore, in addressing the most challenging current issue, the economy, this article will set out an analysis and options for foundation for addressing the needs of the many which, so far, are not circulating amongst known discussion groups.

The recently published British Strategic Review (BSR) is subtitled, "Monetarism and the Real Economy" (A free Executive Summary in epub or pdf format can be accessed on the Home Page). This Review is a lot more than a simple strategic review of the type rolled out by the many "think tanks" across the rainbow of possible political viewpoints. Many think tanks are no more than lobbies for the companies who provide them with financial support. The BSR is different because it not only points to a fundamental structural problem in the British macroeconomic practice it provides hitherto unpublished evidence to completely dismantle monetary theory and monetarism in general. The reason this is of importance is that although the Conservative and Labour parties and their different governments have confronted each other over the last 50 years on apparently different policy positions, the reality is that their combined efforts between 1975 to 2022 have hollowed out the economy, depleted the manufacturing sectors and seen real wages decline as a proportion of the national output. The fundamental problem causing the hollowing out of the economy and the prejudice faced by the "many", has been the domination of macroeconomic policy by monetarism. After 20 General Elections nothing has changed, the reality is that neither the Conservative nor the Labour party have represented alternatives on fundamental questions of economic management for some 47 years. This includes the Blair and Brown governments.

It is in the field of economics that opposition to Corbyn is fiercest. The colourful adjectives fired at his economic policy positions reflect a failure of communications. It is not clear if this failure is a result of Corbyn using out-of-date terminologies or because those opposing him have not realized that the meaning of the terminologies have changed. This topic is a major item in the follow section to this article that will cover, "What aspects of Corbyn's positions are particularly sensitive to those who end up attacking him".