Since Tony Blair's New Labour revolution in 1997, the British electorate has complained of not being able to tell the difference between mainstream political parties in the UK. Blair's 'third way' policies, while hugely popular at first, also gave a mandate for introducing university tuition fees, insidious back door privatisation of the National Health Service (NHS) and the welfare state, and a protracted, illegal war in Iraq while standing "shoulder to shoulder" with the hawk-like US Neocons.
After Blair finally stood down in 2007, New Labour limped on under previous Chancellor of the Exchequor Gordon Brown as PM until defeat by the Tories in 2010. With this defeat came the era of 'Call Me Dave' David Cameron and his party's politics of austerity. This translated as: make the workforce as flexible as possible, thus reducing benefits claimants; cut corporate taxes, thereby making the 1% vastly better off; and selling off as many national assets as possible. That New Labour leader Ed Miliband seemed to essentially agree with some of these policies and that the Liberal Democrat's Nick Clegg were in coalition with them didn't help the ideological cloudiness. The shiny suits and shinier smiles muddied things even further.
In June 2015, Ed Miliband was routed at the polls, with the Tories employing their time honoured trick of staying quiet during debates, but voting en masse on the day. BBC polls actually expected voters to tell the truth after voting, and predicted a much closer result than seen. This led to Miliband's resignation the next day, and the race was thus on for a new Labour leader.
The 10s cultural revolution in social media has been key in Obama's reign, the Arab Spring and Facebook's real daily newspaper appeal, and none more so than in the resurgence of leftist thinking. Movements such as Occupy, the 99% concept, Zeitgeist and Anonymous are reflecting and capitalising on the truth-from-source nature of social meme sharing, and was ripe for a character like Jeremy Corbyn to come along and take politics back to a grass roots level - even if those grass roots are more like algorithms.
Corbyn's first week as leader saw him refuse to sing the national anthem (he's a UK republican), change the nature of the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (he asked questions from the actual voters, and asked for less shouting), and seen him vilified by the right wing press and Tory party for appearing to sympathise with middle-eastern 'terrorist' groups. His essential point remains that dialogue is more effective than bombs.
The danger with Jeremy Corbyn is that he has stuck to his word and principles in parliament since 1983, doesn't spend MP money, and rides a bicycle around London. His politics of integrity have shocked Westminister by their very normality, and common sense combined with fairness simplicity. In tandem with the rise of Bernie Sanders in the US presidential race, the latter half of the Teenies might turn out to in fact be a genuine Western Spring. #News