In most contexts Labour leaders need the parliamentary Labour party, they need the media - but Corbyn wasn't elected in that way. He was elected despite the opposition of the parliamentary party, he was elected against the overwhelming opposition of the media, and elements of the state apparatus, and probably business as well. So in essence, he comes to this as a man of the movement, not the markets.
Writer Richard Seymour examines the rise of Jeremy Corbyn - within the splintered politics of the UK and without the consent of the elite political, corporate and media interests that dominate the Labour Party - and explains how Corbyn's radical politics have brought new life to party politics, and set the stage for a battle with the Blairite faction over the present and future of Labour.
Richard is author of Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics from Verso Books and the recent teleSUR article Anatomy of a Failed Coup in the UK Labour Party.