Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership election on Saturday confirmed what many have suspected for some time: the political landscape is changing. Corbyn’s rapid rise from backbench obscurity to Leader of the Opposition is consistent with a global trend. From Podemos in Spain to Bernie Sanders in the US, all around the world mass movements are forming around leaders with political messages which are radically different from the status quo.
Yet not everyone is convinced by ‘the new politics’ with some observers arguing that populist leaders are selling the public oversimplified slogans rather than providing proper solutions to complex problems. An enthusiastic debate in Manchester Central Library brought together four politically diverse panellists to debate for and against the motion: This is the age of political easy answers.
Vanda Murray, business leader: Public faith in politicians has fallen to an all-time low. According to one …