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Case study: polite politics versus Twitter twaddle

Online abuse would have warped my perceptions if I hadn’t met Corbynite activists in real life

By Tom Clark   October 2018


Like many who had not seen Labour’s strong election showing coming last year, I headed to conference 2017 newly-curious about the Corbyn movement. Along with two hacks from national dailies, I popped into the lefty fringe festival, “The World Transformed,” staged by Compass and Momentum. The hall was packed, ages ranged from students to pensioners, all listening to stalwart socialist academics talking intelligently but very abstractly about things like “hegemony.” Some were probably giving the same speech they’d been giving since the ‘70s, but suddenly—and remarkably—they now held a…

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