The Corbyn phenomenon

It has been the story of the summer, but there are still almost three weeks left to run in the Labour Party leadership election, believe it or not. What initially looked like it was going to be the dullest leadership election ever was electrified after the entry of left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn in June.

Initially dismissed as the rank outsider allowed into the contest as a sop to the more leftist activist base of the party, Corbyn’s campaign soon gathered momentum. It has become a genuine phenomenon, and he has been packing out meeting halls for rallys all over the country. He leads the polls, and looks likely to become the leader of the opposition next month.

Nobody (including myself) saw this coming. Now it is happening, it’s not too hard to see the reasons why.

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