General Election: a brief message

Opportunities.

Difficult to come by. Difficult to grasp. But, above all: difficult to recognise.

For what feels like the final nail in the “Corbyn coffin,” Theresa May’s early General Election must instead be viewed as an opportunity for the biggest upset in modern political history. Bigger than Brexit. Bigger than Trump. A Corbyn victory would shake the foundations of the political establishment.

We live in exceptional times.

While a Corbyn victory would appear ludicrous, our political upsets are no longer unprecedented. The last two years have delivered two of the biggest shocks in global politics.

The pollsters were wrong. The “experts” failed. The weight of the establishment crumbled. People saw through the guise of government. Voters recognised the bias, corruption and lies present in the mainstream media.

And yet, for Labour, Corbyn has failed to enjoy the same breakthroughs.

To sit almost 40 points behind the Prime Minister in approval ratings is unprecedented, and with the gap between Labour and Conservatives at over 20 points, things could hardly get worse.

But this mustn’t deter us.

In the week of the EU referendum, the Remain campaign was firmly – and consistently – ahead of Leave, with bookmakers offering odds as low as 11/1 for the UK to exit the EU.

Donald Trump suffered similar odds for most of his Presidential campaign, until sealing victory late last year.

Even the Dutch “GroenLinks,” – a small, left-wing Party – stunned voters by quadrupling its seats in Parliament.

The point is this: victors in recent elections only looked like winners when the votes were counted. Until the polls closed, the establishment choice was predicted. The status quo, projected.

So, let’s be clear: Yes, Jeremy Corbyn looks like a loser. Yes, Labour suffers heavily in the polls. Yes, this election could deliver the biggest defeat to Labour in its 117-year history. But it could also do the opposite.

Recent trends suggest a Corbyn victory isn’t as ridiculous as it might first appear. He’s in with a chance.

If the millions of unheard voices across the country can drown-out the cynics, the nay-sayers, the mainstream apologists; if the millions of silent-sufferers can walk to the ballot box and cast their votes for change; and if the thousands of activists in Labour can organise collectively, collaborate effectively and pull together; then the unthinkable can happen. Change can win. And the dawn of a new hope can break over the horizon.

We can – all of us – look forward to a better, fairer and more equal society.

We cannot afford to be cynical. We cannot afford to give-in. These attitudes are self-fulfilling. And they are killing us.

We can win the next election. We just have to act like it.