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Media en politiek VS maken vergelijking Democratische partij met Labour, maar veronachtzamen die van Corbyn met Trump

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In een opinieartikel van 14 december 2019 in Mail Online komt oud-minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Alan Johnson met kritiek op Jeremy Corbyn en de richting waarin hij de partij heeft gevoerd. Hij bekleedde posities in de Labour-regeringen van Tony Blair en Gordon Brown. Het artikel valt te lezen als een schot voor de boeg in de strijd om Corbyns opvolging. Hij zal binnen 10 tot 12 weken als partijleider aftreden zo meldt tweede man John McDonnell. Labours koers staat ter discussie. Komt er een opvolger die de lijn van Corbyn voortzet of komt er een meer centristische leider zoals Keir Starmer die de lijn Blair oppakt? Zo’n leider zal tevens de macht van de Momentum-beweging én de macht van de vakbonden (Unite: Len McCluskey) moeten breken.

Nog om een andere reden is de opinie van Alan Johnson interessant omdat het voeding geeft aan het debat in de Amerikaanse media en politiek naar aanleiding van het verlies van Corbyn en de winst van premier Boris Johnson. De Amerikanen leidden afgelopen dagen koortsachtig vergelijkingen af uit de Britse uitslag die van toepassing zou zijn op hun campagne voor het presidentschap. In november 2020 zijn er verkiezingen. De Democratische presidentskandidaat en oud-vice-president onder Obama Joe Biden zag in de nederlaag van Corbyn een waarschuwing voor zijn partij om niet te ver naar links op te schuiven. De centristische Biden heeft er belang bij om Corbyn als een radicaal af te schilderen die de kiezers van zich vervreemd heeft. Biden lijkt hierin gelijk te hebben, hoewel de impeachment in de VS en de Brexit in het VK de vergelijking lastig maken.

Maar een zwaarwegend bezwaar is dat de vergelijking tussen Labour en de Democratische partij (DNC) een andere vergelijking die meer voor de hand ligt veronachtzaamt. Overigens meer in gedrag en handelswijze, dan in beleid. Namelijk de gelijkenis van de tamelijk los van de realiteit en de feiten opererende Corbyn met Trump, en Labour met de Republikeinse partij (GOP). Het artikelWe should look closely at Britain’s decision to elect a man so renowned for his untrustworthiness’ van professor Barry Richards verscheen aanvankelijk op The Conversation en werd doorgeplaatst op Raw Story. Daar plaatste ik onderstaande reactie met twee eerste zinnen die ik hier niet herhaal: ‘Mr. Richards is right about trust. But there is more to it’.

A polemic has broken out within the DNC between centristic and progressive forces. The idea is that British Labour was too radicalized under Jeremy Corbyn and therefore alienated the centrist voters Tony Blair could address. In fact, the analysis goes even deeper, namely that for Corbyn and the left-radical Momentum movement, moral equality was paramount and not winning the elections.

Former Home secretary for Labour Alan Johnson adds two other important aspects in an opinion article in the Daily Mail that also apply to Trump and the GOP.

The first aspect is the unpatritotic aspect and not standing up for one’s own country. Alan Johnson: “The working classes looked at Corbyn and saw somebody who was unpatriotic to the extent that the country’s enemies were his friends.”

The second aspect is the cult phenomenon. Within Labour, the left-radical Momentum movement has seized power and driven moderate politicians such as Tom Watson out of the party. Because of the dominant cult idea, the party is alienated from reality. The starting point is no longer the facts, but the moral right. Alan Johnson: ‘Do not underestimate Momentum’s determination to remain as a party within a party. Either we get rid of that cult or we become the cult ourselves.’

The similarity between the cult-like Momentun with Corbyn and the cult-like GOP (especially in the House) with Trump is great. Already in 2017, the Iranian-American theologian Reza Aslan pointed out the cult-like character of the GOP under Trump. There is only one difference. While the GOP cult in the religious U.S. is primarily religiously fed by older, white, male evangelicals, the Momentum cult in the post-religious U.K. is mainly fed by left-ideological youngsters.

In any case, those aspects of onpatriotism and the party as a cult are connections other than those made in the American media and politics in recent days. Because these two aspects are so obvious, this even raises the question of what is wrong with the reporting and analysis of politics and media in the U.S.. They bump into a statement by Joe Biden and apparently do not think further. Or malicious people try to control imaging by framing.

What does that mean for the 2020 campaign if the greatest similarity is not between Labour and Democrats, but between Labour and Republicans? Then it is not the alleged radicalization to the left that is the British export product that colors the American election struggle, but the resemblance between Jeremy Corbyn and President Donald Trump who both basically operate in a cult-like party with a closed worldview. And they are unpatriotic and do not see the traditional allies in Europe and NATO as friends, but as enemies. While traditional enemies of the West, such as the Russian Federation, are considered friends by Corbyn and Trump.

Corbyn has been punished by the traditional Labor voters for his unreliability, radicalization, poorly thought out policies and a campaign that was not about winning, but about morality. Two aspects are added: his unpatriotic attitude and the cult-like character of Labour. The resemblance to Trump whose paths always lead to Putin, and the GOP that has been transformed into cult in three years with intellectually corrupt, autistic, radicalized congressmen such as Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Lindsey Graham.

The Democrats are wise not to lose themselves in the idea that the gap between progressives and the center cannot be bridged. This is perfectly possible by having both wings represented proportionally in a government. The British elections teach that Corbyn can be tackled and punished for his unreliability, his unpatriotism and the suspension of internal party democracy at Labour that has been turned into a cult. That is the blueprint for the DNC campaign.

Foto 1: Schermafbeelding van deel artikelEither we ditch the Momentum cult – or Labour becomes a cult itself, says former Home Secretary ALAN JOHNSON’ van Alan Johnson op Mail Online, 14 december 2019.

Foto 2: Schermafbeelding van deel artikelWe should look closely at Britain’s decision to elect a man so renowned for his untrustworthiness’ van Barry Richards op The Conversation, 13 december 2019.

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  1. Kandidaat Jess Phillips die in de race is om Jeremy Corbyn op te volgen:
    ‘If we are to find a way to reconnect with those working-class voters, we have to be brave. It’s time to try something different, rather than re-enacting old battles. I’ve never been afraid to say what I think. The truth is, there are corners of our party that have become too intolerant of challenge and debate. The truth is, there is a clique who don’t care if our appeal has narrowed, as long as they have control of the institutions and ideas of the party.’
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/14/working-class-voters-didnt-trust-labour-jess-phillips

    George Knight

    15 december 2019 at 15:52


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