The Guardian: #Labour party’s future lies with #Momentum, says Noam Chomsky

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The US radical thinker blames the media for Jeremy Corbyn’s unpopularity and says he would vote for him

Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky believes an ‘extremely hostile media’ is damaging Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Professor Noam Chomsky has claimed that any serious future for the Labour party must come from the leftwing pressure group Momentum and the army of new members attracted by the party’s leadership.

In an interview with the Guardian, the radical intellectual threw his weight behind Jeremy Corbyn, claiming that Labour would be doing far better in opinion polls if it were not for the “bitter” hostility of the mainstream media. “If I were a voter in Britain, I would vote for him,” said Chomsky, who admitted that the current polling position suggested Labour was not yet gaining popular support for the policy positions that he supported.

There are various reasons for that – partly an extremely hostile media, partly his own personal style which I happen to like but perhaps that doesn’t fit with the current mood of the electorate,” he said. “He’s quiet, reserved, serious, he’s not a performer. The parliamentary Labour party has been strongly opposed to him. It has been an uphill battle.”