The thing with Jeremy Corbyn is that I can’t understand why any member of the Labour party would ever vote for someone who is not Jeremy Corbyn. The main concern people have about JC is that he’s not likely to win an election. Hello, have you seen the other three candidates? If winning elections is what you care about, you’re backing the wrong party.
Only an extremely blind and partisan Labour supporter could ever think that Andy Burnham, a man who last time around was decisively deemed to be less interesting and less capable than Ed Miliband (an analysis which is still correct), could ever win an election on his own merits. It’s not going to happen. The only credible route to Andy Burnham becoming PM is that the economy flounders and dies, which in fairness could happen with a housing market collapse but with sustained low interest rates and a gradual pickup in wage growth there’s no reason to suppose this will happen imminently. At this point Corbyn is actually more credible than Burnham, so it really makes no sense to choose Burnham at all; there is no situation in which he becomes PM but Corbyn does not.
Positive reasons for backing Corbyn are:
1. The public are extremely bored of polished political clones run by PR teams and committees. Jeremy Corbyn is a genuine person, and the public WILL respect that even if they don’t agree with his overall approach.
2. He is the best candidate to provide a strong opposition. The other three are extremely confused about what they should be doing; they think that they should be emulating the Tories to try to steal votes from them. This is idiotic because it reinforces the public’s view that politicians are all the same, and it makes Labour look like a less capable version of the Tories. There was no real reason to vote for Labour at the last election, and with Burnham, Cooper or Kendall in charge, there will be no real reason to vote for them at the next election. Stand for something and people will vote for you. The SNP proved that. Ukip proved that!
3. It will break the stagnation of the Labour party by polarising them either towards victory or dismal failure. He might not go on to win 2020, but by then he should have shaken things up so much that the next leadership candidates are not just 2010’s rejects. He might even split the party into two, which will make things very interesting as then only the Tories will be against proportional representation and then we’ll see a radical reshuffling of the political landscape; that’s goodbye to the two party system and goodbye to the Tories as we see large numbers of Ukip defections and probably a new libertarian party.