Quotation for Today – 23 September 2015
Mr Corbyn’s most profound weakness will prove to be his conservatism. Labour’s new leader will propose policies long dismissed as out of date: nationalisations, interventionist pay policies, left-wing hostility to the EU. He will appear intellectually barren to members of his own cabinet and their supporters. He will continue to undervalue liberal freedoms like gender equality. His self-regarding refusal to speak to the mass media will expose him to the cartoonish attacks of his Conservative rivals. His top-down style of party management—reportedly reducing the influence of the shadow cabinet and centralising personnel decisions—will render the party rigid and unresponsive. Eventually, Mr Corbyn’s MPs will tire of him and install a more credible alternative. But the intervening months—and indeed years—will not be pretty.