By Ken Livingstone
Outside a rally, amid crowds of hundreds overflowing onto the streets, four young people climb onto a building’s windowsill to glimpse the speech inside. In Dundee, there are standing ovations; in Glasgow, far bigger venues are needed at short notice. Jeremy Corbyn has breathed life into electoral politics.
This is why Simon Danczuck is out of touch when he dismisses this as being about the far left. There is something extraordinary happening in British politics and it cannot be explained away in that way. The far left in Britain is at its tiniest in decades. Rather, big numbers of people who have been cut off from party politics are embracing it. Yes, there are young people deterred by the war or by student fees or austerity but also many many more who feel politics is contained in a Westminster bubble where voices like Simon’s are heard but the majority are not. This is a big moment for Labour. We need to welcome this reconnection and rebuild our party.