Labour’s top strategists plan to begin 2017 by rebranding Jeremy Corbyn as a ‘populist’.
(ed:..of course here in new zealand the leader of the labour party – andrew little – is a neoliberal-incrementalist/anti-populist – who seems to spend an inordinate amount of time soothing the ruffled brows of the elites/business-leaders – reassuring them that a government led by him will make fuck all difference to them..and their exploiting ways..)
The last year delivered a series of major defeats to the liberal mainstream and Corbyn’s team now aims to capitalise on this rising tide of anti-establishment politics.
But what might this shift in strategy actually involve?
And how might a populist turn boost the electoral chances of Corbyn and the Labour Party?
In its loosest sense ‘populism’ could include any mobilisation of popular grievances against the status quo.Populist leaders present themselves as distinct from a political and corporate establishment – claiming to represent ‘the people’ more directly than those currently holding and executing power.
Populist movements differ only by who is included within the category of ‘the people’ and who – or what – is defined as its enemy.