By Leicestershire Correspondent
A surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn has seen him topping Labour CLP nominations and he is now installed as favourite to be next Labour leader. He was previously rank outsider at odds of 200/1 and had to gain support of Blairite MPs to even get on the ballot.
Two of Corybn's key backers include former token leadership candidate and racist Diane Abbott and former London Mayor Ken Livingston (also commonly known as 'Red Ken'). He is also backed by the Communist Party of Great Britain, the Morning Star (far left newspaper) and Irish Republicans. One must also not forget to include anti-fascist and communist musician Billy Bragg. He has the backing of the two biggest unions: Unite and Unison.
According to one unofficial poll recently released 42 per cent of party members intend to vote for Corbyn as their first choice, compared to only 22.6 per cent for Yvette Cooper, 20 per cent for Andy Burnham, and 14 per cent for Liz Kendall. When voters' second preferences are taken into account, Corbyn is only ahead by two points, on 51 per cent to Cooper's 49 per cent.
The new Labour leadership election rules (post Miliband) works on the alternative vote system, in which voters can rank candidates according to their preference. The only known outcome of the election is that the winner is probably not going to be Liz Kendall, who has been given the nickname 'Tory Liz'.
It is clear if Corbyn wins the Labour leadership in September, Labour will experience the biggest lurch to the left since the days of Michael Foot in the 1980s. If Labour move to far left, there is potential for millions of their voters on the right of the Party to seek a another party to vote and join, many are unlikely to switch to the Conservatives.
For those in the patriotic movement seeing a destabilised Labour party is to our advantage particularly in urban electoral centres.
To summerize Corbyn believes and has campaigned for:
Splitting up the UK and is friends with Sein Fein leadership
Supports mass immigration from Asia and Africa
Is a leading anti-fascist and has campaigned against the BNP and UKIP
Supports more trade union rights (he is backed by Unite Union)
Opposes grammar schools
Wants a communist driven economy and publically praises Karl Marx
Campaigns for scrapping nuclear weapons
Described terrorist groups such as Hamas as "friends"
Moreover, Corbyn is sexist, and doesn't believe in the notion of appointment based on merit. In fact he has put forward a document entitled 'Working with Women', this includes a target to ensure that 50 per cent of Labour MPs are women.
Politics would certainly become far more interesting if a 66 year old socialist and hard left candidate became Labour leader. As I write, several leader Labour politicians are discussing a coup, if he does manage to win. We must all follow the next few weeks and potentially months with interest.