November 11, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith
Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign launch asked the question of whose side everyone is on – the many or the few. Yet his definition of who is allowed to be in ‘the many’ is not clear.
Yet the question is, how does one categorise who is in ‘the many’? How does one know who the ‘few’ are?
The answer to this is not as easy as Corbyn tries to make it. He highlights the likes of Mike Ashley and Rupert Murdoch, who make easy targets, but it’s not quite as simple as that.
What about the working class kid who aspires to make more of themselves? What about the small business owner thinking about investing so that they might become a larger business order? What about the pensioner who has worked all their lives and retired with a pension that includes shares and other investments?
Will they be seen as the many or the few by a Labour government? Will they be a friend or enemy? Whose side will they be seen as being on? Who will be on their side? I wonder if the answer to that might be, to those people, NOT the Labour Party.
In the end, Jeremy Corbyn talks a lot of ‘coming together’, yet a lot of what he then says is actually divisive. It either specifically excludes people, or tells people they would be excluded from the Corbynite revolution should they deign to work hard, invest to create jobs or save for their future.
If Labour aren’t clear how inclusive they are, or intend to be, they may find that the number of ‘many’ they get votes from are just not enough.