Registered On: September 7, 2015
You can’t really complain about a smear campaign when a lot of the stuff that the media published were real concerns. Corbyn wasn’t unique as a Labour leader in his treatment by the press. The difference is that the concerns raised were based in truth, while most of the nonsense about Miliband and others was nonsense. You can’t blame people for not backing someone who is legitimately flawed in his views in accordance with the values of the country.
I am under no illusions that Starmer has a hard battle to fight and the right wing press has already tried to undermine him with nonsense stories. However, they haven’t stuck like they did with Corbyn, partially because the stories are not as concerning as made out. I do not think he will win the next election, Labour’s too far behind in seats, and Labour are still not trusted on the economy. We need to reach out to voters to overcome this, regardless of the press. It makes the job tougher, but it is insurmountable when the leader is as universally mistrusted and disliked as Corbyn was.