September 12, 2015

NOT A GREAT IDEA TO HAVE NON-VOTERS PICK YOUR LEADER:

Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn elected with huge mandate (Rowena Mason, 12 September 2015, The Guardian)

Minutes after his victory, Corbyn said the message is that people are "fed up with the injustice and the inequality" of Britain. [...]

Addressing the party's new members who helped propel him to victory, he said: "Welcome to our party, welcome to our movement. And I say to those returning to the party, who were in it before and felt disillusioned and went away: welcome back, welcome home."


Meanwhile, how's the last anti-neoliberal doing?

Greek polls point to conservative leader as surprise winner of national elections (Helena Smith, 12 September 2015, The Guardian)

Mustachioed, tall and in many ways resembling a Cretan warlord, Vangelis Meimarakis, the man never meant to be a leader, may emerge as the surprise winner of the Greek elections next week.

Opinion polls are showing that almost nothing about the snap ballot, the third this year, is reminiscent of previous votes - starting with Meimarakis, who fortuitously has found himself heading the conservative New Democracy party. Under his watch, the pro-European force has come within a whisper of former prime minister Alexis Tsipras's Syriza.

A poll released by the University of Macedonia on 11 September showed New Democracy trailing by just one point with 19%. Those polled said they had been impressed by Meimarakis's performance in a political leaders' debate last week, compared to 13.5% who favoured Tsipras.

A survey by Palmos Analysis on Saturday reinforced the findings, with the conservatives gathering 23.7% of voter support, compared with 24.9% for the leftists. "He has an emotional intelligence [and speaks] common sense," said political analyst Dimitris Kerides.

"He has also managed to unite the party's various factions, move it to the centre and, in so doing, appeal to a wider audience," he told the Observer. "He is the great surprise of this election."

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