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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Subjective opinion from Professor O'Hara and the NewStatesman still gets it wrong


This is the moment when Labour's poll rating gets a lot, lot worse


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Rambling and contrived, the NewStatesman publishes an article which seems to be no more than speculative opinion on what their editorial "team" would prefer as the outcome of the next general election. Describing itself as occupying " a left-of-centre political position" the NewStatesman can hardly be described as being in the Jeremy Corbyn camp. In fact with their articles going back over the months since Corbyn was elected as Labour party leader, the general tone and direction of the NewStatesman, can at best be described as more in tune with "Labour First" and that organisations determination to undermine the current leadership and restore the more autocratic Labour Party of the mid-1990s and early 2010s.

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Professor Glen O'Hara. NewStatesman 

Until yesterday's article (21st December 2016) the NewStatesman has been quite frank in its criticism of Corbyn ever since the candidates for the 2015 Leadership election were confirmed. During that contest, the NewStatesman endorsed and supported Yvette cooper (NewStatesman 19th August 2015) and from comments and editorials from earlier this year, we could reasonably assume that Owen Smith was their preferred candidate this year. However, yesterdays article seems to be a departure from the tactics employed thus far, by now resorting to a less direct, more subtle form of subversion by attempting to plant seeds of doubt amongst Corbyn supporters to the effect that all is already lost and that they might just as well not bother.
I am reminded of a certain buffoon of a conservative politician, (Boris Johnson is not the first nor will he be the last), who admittedly in another context, accused, I think that it was James Callaghan, of "Rushing around drumming up apathy". The NewStatesman is employing a variation of this gambit with a not very subtle piece from Glen O’Hara.