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They didn’t see Mr Corbyn coming.  They were only looking in one direction. 
Really, the warning signs came early but they weren’t looking.

Just days after he got the nomination for the 2015 leadership election, he put online a programme of what he would do.  Economy, transport, education, nhs etc etc, there was reams of it.
None of his competitors had a clue by comparison.

A few weeks into the campaign a survey was done of constituency parties and two thirds of them said they were going to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.  That should have set the alarm bells ringing.

When it came to the vote he would’ve won straight off without the “three quidders”. 
Two decades of neoliberalism in the Labour Party got smacked in the face.  The threat was that there would only be one neoliberal party available to the electorate, the Conservatives.

It wasn’t popular with the (majority) neoliberal wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party where, despite swelling membership, they endeavoured to undermine him as leader.
I understand he’s thrice married.  He must know a bit about betrayal.

There was a leadership challenge in 2016.  This gave those who could be bothered an opportunity to watch him in debate on TV.  Owen Smith made him look v.good  (“Presidential” a friend with no dog in the fight told me).  Again, he won overwhelmingly and Party membership continued to increase.

His opponents dismissively referred to his experience as a campaigner. 
He has been involved in many campaigns.  One of them, in 2003, got a million people onto the streets of central London, seizing it solid. 

(Academics tell me that you need to be able to get one percent of a population onto the streets to have enough popular support for a revolution.  15 Feb 2003 saw one and a half percent of the pop on the streets.)

By April 2017 Theresa May’s principal opponent was someone who’d twice seen off challenges to his leadership,  both times trouncing the neolib’s in his Party.   Her’s was a party of neoliberalism.

Jeremy Corbyn was backed by a motivated and increasing Party membership, was an inspirational speaker at rallies and advocated popular, socially based policies.

By the time she called the election,  all he had to do was say he’d renationalise the railways and she’d obviously have a real problem.

In the event, he produced a comprehensive manifesto of policies that everyone from the blue rinses to the anarchists wanted, though not all of them were going to vote for him. obv.  But they liked it all the same.   It harked back to the “Post War Consensus” that had been abandoned by Thatcher.

Jeremy Corbyn is as left wing as Harold MacMillan.*  

OBTW   I gather that the Labour Party membership increased by 150,000 in the week following the election.  That figure is approx the total membership of the Conservative Party.

*(1960’s aristo Conservative PM. decolonised Africa... “wind of change” speech.  Later said Thatcher was selling off the family silver when she started privatisation. )

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