Corbyn – What drives his cult-like following or what makes a Corbynista?

Well yes of course I’m no supporter of Corbyn as I’m a Radical Liberal but none the less the almost cult-like following Corbyn has is something I’d really like to at least understand.

That some people think he is the saviour of the left is undoubtedly the case and that he is idolised by some is also a given, but let me throw a few things out there for debate.

Firstly, in the last local elections as I was out and about campaigning and indeed cycling through West Lancashire and Sefton one thing really struck me; it was the Labour poster boards on properties of the well to do houses in fashionably expensive places like Aughton and Ainsdale. And I’m talking about communities where you all but had to have a Conservative Party membership card to buy a house in recent times. Yes I know there are many ordinary semi’s in these leafy communities but it was the Lab’ posters on the larger more expensive properties that struck me.

Labour has always had members/supporters whom the left have called ‘Champagne Socialists’ but they were almost always Social Democrats and most of them would not have put Labour posters up on their properties for fear of upsetting neighbourly relations in predominately Conservative voting areas. Now with a Labour leadership and membership well to the left (whilst the mast majority of Labour MP’s are still Social Democrats) some of the wealthy Corbynistas are bedecking their high-end houses to flaunt their support for him.

Now here’s a link to how Labour and indeed Corbyn did is those recent local elections

www.markpack.org.uk/154799/labour-opposition-leaders-local-elections-record/

The obvious interpretation, to me anyway, is that despite a section of the left being utterly devoted to him Jez is actually not making the big impression on voters that you may expect, especially with us having a completely incompetent and fractured Tory Government at present. Of course this lack of a Corbyn bounce must surely be linked in some way to his bizarre support for the Conservative’s Brexit.

Unless you are a unthinking disciple of Brexit we all know it will lead to a more poorly funded NHS, a weaker economy, job losses and the poor being made poorer. Not end results that you would expect socialist leaders to sign up to, yet by backing Brexit that is indeed what the present Labour Leadership is doing despite it also saying not a job will be lost via Brexit. What an utterly bizarre position for any party adopt, but for a supposedly progressive party! Words fail many commentators…………..

And here’s another link, which is more about the man himself and a book written about his surprising rise to become Labour’s leader.

www.markpack.org.uk/137508/comrade-corbyn-rosa-prince/

The other thing (you could say contradiction) about Corbyn is the support he allegedly has amongst young people; the very people who probably have the most to lose (other than the poor) because of his support for Brexit. I’m guessing here that they like his reinvention of 1970’s left wing policies such as a much larger welfare state with many state provided ‘free’ things paid for by taxpayers. But don’t those same young people want to travel outside the UK into EU countries to live and work there as they please? Don’t they want a stable economy that is able to support an enlarged welfare state? You can’t back Brexit and have a flourishing economy that puts money in the Treasury’s coffers to make a ‘most things for free society’ actually work in any rational way.

Maybe re-nationalisation of the railways is a big hit with the young and indeed the wealthy? I personally have some sympathy with this policy although to hear some of the proponents of it looking back at British Rail through very rose tinted spectacles is a little bizarre as BR had as many bad things about it as it had good. That the organisation of our railways needs a big overhaul to get things right is a given but just recreating BR is probably far too simplistic an answer.

So Corbynistas what drives you? Does it feel like a cult more than a political party? If you are old enough did you feel the same way about Michael Foot? What indeed is the Jez ‘X’ factor or is it something that can only be seen from the inside of New(er) Labour?

Ainsdale – Sinkhole warning for cyclists and walkers

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/deep-sinkhole-appears-merseyside-road-14654827

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Good job this was spotted and that Sefton Council is acting on the matter. Hope it’s now fixed; this cycle path is well used and you certainly do not want to encounter deep ruts/holes on a cycle path.

Ainsdale – Rebuilding of its ‘railway’ station

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/completion-date-ainsdale-train-station-14293061

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – it’s accessible via the link above

This is a really positive story of progress on Merseyrail which I have been ‘tracking’ (yes I know) for some time now.

Lynne Thompson on I on Ainsdale Station back in 2011.

I was Leader of Sefton Council when Lynne Thompson, now Cllr. Lynne Thompson, was campaigning for the rebuild, that was back in 2011.

Oh yes and have you noticed an ‘Americanism’ creeping into every day use – ‘Train Station’ is a term used in the USA, they have always been railway stations in the UK.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Work progresses on it’s new station buildings

I have blogged about the rebuild that is presently ongoing at this Merseyrail Station before. My last posting is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/04/ainsdale-railway-station-its-going-to-have-a-police-station-on-its-platform-like-town-green-station/

I went back to have a look at progress last week and things on the Southport bound platform side are clearly radically changing as steelwork for the new station building is now up – see lead photo above.

The state of the old station buildings can be summed up with this photo:-

What you are looking at is the rear wall of the platform building on the Liverpool bound side of the station (facing Chesterfield Road), quite a mess indeed.

Click on the photos to enlarge them