Well, up to a point. Doubtless Corbyn is far too left wing to ever be electable, but in a broader sense the poll results quoted above point to the Left’s far greater sophistication than the Right’s when in comes to understanding the real mechanics of power in British politics. Up against a Tory party which suffers the opposite affliction to Labour’s – namely that acquiring or maintaining the status of high office matters far more than any other consideration – true power often belongs to those who can set the agenda and effectively intimidate the Tories into following it.Cultural Marxism!
You can find this splendid article, and the well-informed comments that follow it here. What is amazing about pieces like this is how they are an almost exact mirror image of the ideological think-pieces on the Left. While the Left imagines itself as weak, the Right imagines the Left as being strong. While the Left considers itself to be marginalised, the Right considers the Left to have insinuated itself into being......the Dominant Ideology.
In fact, contemporary ideologues of both Right and Left share a single philosophical, no theological position, and that is that they are both essentially Gnostic. Both sides believe that they are confronted by a dominant ideology, insinuated into the culture at large by a self-regarding elite, that confounds them at every turn. This "dominant ideology" is a Demiurge type creature that has displaced the true God of the Marxists (Dialectical Materialism) and is currently working to undermine the true God of the Capitalists (The Market). It goes under a variety of names - "Neoliberalism", "Capitalist Realism", "Affective Capitalism" on the Left, "Cultural Marxism", "Political Correctness", "Equality and Diversity" on the Right, and it consists of the basic, but unproven, notion that the public at large are incapable of forming and changing their own ideas and preferences, but are necessarily hoodwinked into their beliefs by elite vested interests. All ideology is top-down because, apparently, Antonio Gramsci said it was.
Oddly though, the rise of Corbyn tends to confound this top-down model. His surge in popularity is an apparent mystery, and is being ascribed to a rising public distaste for silky-smooth career politicians. Perhaps the public are coming to the realisation that "Neoliberalism" no longer works, just as they came to the realisation in 1979 that the post-war consensus no longer worked. Perhaps they're just bored with the current arrangement, they feel that it has gone stale. The idea that ideology can be bottom-up, that the public at large set the agenda, is in many ways a disturbing one. When the public move to the Right, it upsets the Left's Rousseau-esque notions of the essential goodness of humanity. When it moves to the Left, it upsets the Right's conception of the people as being inherently conservative and immersed in tradition. Also, shifts in public opinions and tastes are necessarily opaque; they resist the theorists who derive their own power and prestige from providing explanations for the cascading patterns of history.