Douglas Carswell

23 NOV 2015

It is not enough to be right. You need to be seen to have the right motives

How on earth does Jeremy Corbyn keep getting away with it? He and his coterie of supporter now running the Labour party could not be more wrong-headed.

They deny that government has overspent, advocating that we spend even more. They dither over whether the police should be allowed to use lethal force against armed terrorists. Perhaps forgetting that the attack on the Twin Towers happened before the Iraq war, they appear to blame Western policy makers for attacks on the West. One has even seemed to suggest that Mi5 and the security services be disbanded.

Wrong, wrong and yet more wrong.  Yet they are still on 27 percent in the polls.  Remarkably, around one in four are still apparently prepared to vote for them.

How do they get away with it?

Motive. Or rather the perception that some people have as to the motives of Comrade Corbyn and co.

"Yes", many of the 27 percent will say. "Jeremy might be wrong about this or that. But he means well."

Don't misunderstand me. I do not believe that Jeremy's motives are any more elevated than those of any other party leader. My point is that as long as some people trust his motives, they will support him – no matter how wrong he may be.

The converse is also true.  No matter how right you might be in politics, people will not support you if they do not trust your motives.

Immigration, Europe, the economy, energy; you can win the argument on all the big macro issues of the day. But you still will not get the votes if folk do not trust why you are saying what you are saying.

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