In sum, Mr. Eaton’s essay expresses his contempt for Corbyn and his followers, the favored target of the respectable bourgeois press. See the Financial Times in its continuing assault on the ‘Rebellion Against The Elites’ i.e. the evil of ‘Populism’, in its continuing propaganda war against Corbyn. The central concern, even call it the imperative, is to make a path to the Prime Minister’s office for Mr. Khan, and its means is the cultivation of political status quo in his search for ‘power’. His burning political ambition leads him! He is a Blairite to his core. Mr. Eaton offers a firm scolding to the forces of reform: Mr. Corbyn and his army of political troglodytes, street urchins. The reign of Neo-Liberalism was/is catastrophic, in more than economic terms. And The New Statesman proves the corrupting power of Thatcherism, in its various political iterations. Not to speak of ‘Liberalism’ and its intellectual leader Isaiah Berlin: a professional sycophant to the powerful, who needed a compliant front man. He practiced the dark art of sub rosa character assassination, while maintaining the fiction of his political/moral uprightness. Mr. Eaton maintains that tradition, but is above board in its practice.
The conflict between the Blarites and the forces of ‘Reform’ will define the history of the Labour Party for the next decade and even beyond. Mr. Eaton helps Mr. Khan make his case for ‘power’, but a ‘power’ to what end? More failed/catastrophic Neo-Liberalism? Or the mirage of the ‘Moderates’ i.e. Thatcher Lite? One last thought: Mr. Khan offers a lecture on ‘power’ not a ‘lesson on power’ !