It’s strange hearing Jeremy Corbyn being ridiculed and berated by both opponents and his party alike. No one can conceive of the fact that Old Labour supporters can’t stand New Labour, and that younger people actually do want a distinct opposition to the Tories. I’d vote for him.
To imagine that Labour could overcome such odds by becoming bland, blurred and craven is to succumb to thinking that is simultaneously magical and despairing. Such dreamers argue that Labour has to recapture the middle ground. But there is no such place; no fixed political geography. The middle ground is a magic mountain that retreats as you approach. The more you chase it from the left, the further to the right it moves.