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Corbymania isn’t dangerous – there’s irony in those chants

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20.07.2017

The Jeremy Corbyn chant has been declared the unofficial summer anthem of 2017, he’s still pulling crowds around the country and street murals and merchandise bearing his name are everywhere. Corbynmania shows no signs of fading – and for some, this is terrible. From foreign secretary Boris Johnson depicting the Corbyn-cheering thousands at Glastonbury as a brainwashed cult under a spell, to commentators decrying this popularity as a scary cult of personality, the outpouring of enthusiasm for the Labour leader is alternately ridiculed or depicted as dangerous.

Is any of this valid? Some Corbyn supporters will instantly dismiss the idea, thereby proving the point to those concerned. That’s part of the problem: there is an element of blind-faith fandom that shuts down the slightest criticism, however reasonable, and which is then cast as representative of Corbyn’s entire support base. It isn’t – and with........

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