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14 January 2016 | by Clifford Longley

So far, Corbynism has failed to measure up to its billing as a radical alternative


 
Why did the revolution never happen? After the catastrophic breakdown in the world free-market financial system in 2008, it was widely predicted that the Left would seize the opportunity this offered. Nothing could have been further from the truth. With a few exceptions, across the Western world left-wing political parties lost ground and their conservative opponents were strengthened. Free-market capitalism remained the predominant system. One thing that did happen, however, was that confidence in politicians took another hard knock. They did not see the crash coming, nor, so far, have they prevented it happening again. The impression that they were “in it for the money”, and were not averse to cheating, was already widely believed. Along with the impression that no politicia




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