Jeremy Corbyn compared himself to a mountaineer in the closing speech of the Labour Party conference. The party’s leader, re-elected with an overwhelming 62 percent of the vote, was in front of a mountain of an election: rugged, yet scalable. And the leader has become a more experienced climber, after a year during which his climbing companions — the Commons of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) — have tried repeatedly to make him fall.
His second inaugural address in a year to a Liverpool audience was a much more balanced and polished affair, and not only because he has learned how to use the teleprompter. Corbyn today is stronger, thanks to his incontrovertible mandate, and he is more polished and balanced. The bare minimum in the face of a possible move by Prime Minister Theresa May to convene a surprise early election next year to take advantage of the internal disruption of the main opposition party.
With this sweaty calmness, he has announced the soft socialism program (for the 21st century, according to his own definition) that Labour will present at the next general election, no matter when it will be held. This program contains massive public interventions that will be analyzed by the party as a whole before ratification.