What the ALP Can Learn from Jeremy Corbyn's Extraordinary Elevation in Britain

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What the ALP can learn from Jeremy Corbyn's extraordinary elevation in Britain
The Age

Summary:

Nicholas Reece argues the election of hard-left candidate Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party is part of a wider phenomena in advanced democracies, where anti-establishment candidates have risen to prominence.

He cites as evidence the popular appeal of of Syriza in Greece, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the United States and Clive Palmer in Australia.

The writer contends: 'This would be fine if the simple "solutions" to complex problems they are peddling were in fact solutions. But often it is a fantasy, one that is certain to end badly.'

He calls on mainstream political parties to recognise the power of anti-establishment feeling among voters, from the left and right, and concentrate efforts on new ways to engage with the public and restore trust in politicians and the political process.

 

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Author(s)
Nicholas Reece

University of Melbourne. Former ALP Victorian secretary and adviser to Julia Gillard, Steve Bracks and John Brumby.

Published Date
September 13, 2015