Jeremy Corbyn summarised many with his party’s result in the 2017 UK General Election. Immediately after the election, I put his result into historical context in a piece for The Conversation:
Jeremy Corbyn’s stock has been on a wild ride in the last couple of years. When he was elected leader of the British Labour party in 2015, many of his parliamentary colleagues greeted him with disapproval and dismay. The ensuing 18 months of his leadership saw him stumble through various PR disasters, endure the scrutiny of a heavily critical mainstream press, and a botched parliamentary attempt to remove him.
He ultimately won a second leadership election in September 2016 thanks to a strong grassroots movement, and without gaining much credit or support among his colleagues.
But since then, things have changed dramatically. After a shock general election resultbrought two years of Conservative majority rule to an end and saw Labour surge to a once-unthinkable 40% of the vote, many of his harshest critics were falling over themselves to reverse their assessment. “I admit it,” was the tenor of the day, “I was wrong about Jeremy Corbyn.”
But in the level-headed mindset between between furious disapproval and euphoric reconciliation, how should Corbyn really be judged?
Read it all, here.
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