I’m no expert on UK politics, so thank god for John Palethorpe. He also has a smashing beard. His thoughts on the Corbyn victory are well worth a read:
The assumption that the Labour left was dead was like Goldfinger departing before the laser had finished cutting 007 in half. Presenting the membership with three candidates who were very similar and graciously allowing the fourth on the ballot to ‘broaden the debate’ was breathtaking hubris. Failing to recognise the intricacies of the electoral system they implemented to stop the Unions swinging the vote, like in 2010, sheer incompetence. In combination, it is possible the best demonstration of how poorly the self-appointed natural leaders of the Labour party understood what their leadership had done to the party.
Labour members decided that Henry Ford was right, ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.’ They’ve done something different, without quite knowing what they’re going to get. That’s admirable, that’s brave in a time when we’re constantly warned that changing anything will bring about economic, cultural or other disasters down upon us.