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Ridikzappa 5:47 Sun Aug 6
Jeremy Corbyn the Brainwasher
Have we been brainwashed by Jeremy Corbyn?

DOES anyone remember Jeremy Corbyn in January? Bumbling and dishevelled, unable to answer the simplest questions. Fast-forward to May and we saw a very different person. He was sharp-suited, even slick, emerging unscathed from the questioning of the formidable Andrew Neil.

With this change in style and speech Mr Corbyn has become eminently more electable. So how has a man with links to the IRA and who refers to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” undergone such an image shift?

Is there something sinister going on here? There is evidence to suggest that he and his party used psychological techniques to sway the public.

A year ago, Mr Corbyn was marginalised as an extremist by his own Labour MPs. Now, when quizzed on his dubious past he employs linguistic reframing techniques to challenge perception. When asked if he supported the IRA he replies that he “supports a peace process”. When it is pointed out that he played no part in the peace process – the IRA themselves confirm this – he sidesteps again by referring to meetings with them as “dialogue”.

On May 20, Mr Corbyn admitted having help from US Democrat Bernie Sanders’s team. “Experts” were flown in to add persuasive techniques to his campaign. Now, instead of giving his opinion passionately, whether it might hurt him or not, Mr Corbyn speaks in emotive soundbites. His speeches resonate but could be given by any politician. They are empty, psychologically persuasive and packed with sentences constructed to manipulate the masses.

I believe that Mr Corbyn is using something called coercive political methodology, described by American commentator Richard Hofstadter as “Paranoid Style”. According to Hofstadter, it centres around “heated exaggeration, suspiciousness and conspiratorial fantasy”.

Is it fair that American psychologists could have more influence over the outcome of British elections than you or I?

Mr Corbyn has been accused of creating dangerous in-fighting among British society. He has moulded speeches to create an “out-group”: multinational organisations and political “elite”, non-specific terms so that the apparent enemy can be rebranded at any time.

He has added to this by billing himself as the leader of the “common people”, a classic coercive tactic of electioneering, says US psychologist Robert Cialdini.

Mr Corbyn learned to define his opponents before they can define themselves. Professor Cialdini famously did this in Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Cialdini told Obama to paint opponent Mitt Romney as a bully. Obama was portrayed as reasonable. The more Romney argued, the more bullying he appeared.

Here, Mr Corbyn seized control, characterising the Tories by psychological manipulation. Theresa May struggled to shake off her own “nasty party” tag, which was repeatedly reinforced by Mr Corbyn.

Even though he speaks in ambiguous soundbites he has come across as genuine because he uses “slight of mouth” and reframing techniques, evident during the Neil interview and something that can only be achieved by hours of rehearsal.

What is most worrying to me is Labour’s social media propaganda machine. Its 2015 election spend was about £200,000. This year the figure was in the millions. Labour is pouring incredible amounts into sophisticated micro-targeting of the electorate.

The strategy revolves around the question: what does this person most need to hear to make them vote for us? Labour sends out social media promises such as free tuition for students, targeting specific groups. It couldn’t deliver but it didn’t matter.

An Oxford University investigation revealed Labour gathered information on “categories of non-sensitive classes of personal information: personal details; family details; lifestyle and social circumstances; goods and services; financial details; education and employment details”. Effectively the public is being spied on.

I am left asking if the days of upfront policies and logical debate are over. Are we simply left with covertly delivered emotive messages?

Pollsters and commentators alike predicted election humiliation for Labour and a landslide for the Tories. Yet Labour went from having 25 per cent of the vote to taking many Conservative seats.

No one has looked at the more likely explanation: Mr Corbyn and his psychological mind manipulators brainwashed Britain.

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El Scorchio 9:49 Mon Aug 7
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Nah. That's all a bit much. On the live Q&A on the BBC he still looked like a scared teacher hiding behind a table.

The 'secret' to their success was going into the election with nothing to lose and therefore promising the world to everyone for free with no need to apparently cost it or back it up. People see the free riches on offer and don't read the small print.

Didn't hurt that the Tories absolutely shot themselves in the foot as well.

King Marlon 1:31 Mon Aug 7
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whether you like corbyn/labour alot or not at all. i think we're due a labour government.
brexit has got the tories stuck between a rock and a hard place i just don't think they can deliver it.
interesting to see where the ukip/snp votes go when they diminish.
main stream media can't keep covering the tories forever, social media appears to be a free for all and as the cost of living continues to rise and wages can't keep up then the tories have got abit of a problem.
spin and catchy slogans are being seen through. they need to work hard and not be complacent.

cholo 11:54 Sun Aug 6
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Look into the eyes, the eyes, don't look around the eyes...

The Dursley Massive 11:50 Sun Aug 6
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I think you credit JC and the Labour Party with too much intelligence. Tories fucked themselves over.

And on the topic of brainwashing: repeating "Brexit means Brexit" and "strong and stable leadership" over and over again was one of the shittiest examples I've seen in a long long time.

Sniper 11:11 Sun Aug 6
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Spot on about the tories - complacent fuckwits wrecked their own foundations

However, as far as the OP goes, brainwashing is not the same as spouting shit to idiots who just happen to be gullible enough to believe anything they like the sound of. Fucking hipster hippies

Vexed 11:07 Sun Aug 6
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This is all a bit late, Farage had you lot over a year ago. You don't need to be clever or subtle to corral the stupid into doing what you want. Just play on their insecurities and prejudices. Piece of piss. You lot are textbook victims of this sort of thing.

Hammer and Pickle 11:07 Sun Aug 6
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Corbyn is a twit, but he is more a PM than May.

Let that sink in.

, 10:58 Sun Aug 6
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Corbyn did not do well at all but by comparison the incumbents were much much worse. If I were a Tory I would be appalled at the complacency of my party, especially those basking in an imagined glow of such a pyrrhic "victory".

the exile 10:57 Sun Aug 6
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Are you for real, ridik? He is a fucking politician and you are a fucking imbecile. Do you seriously think the Tories haven't been using exactly the same techniques? Fact is they've probably been using them a lot longer than labour. It just happens that Labour did it far better than the Tories this time around.

claret on my shirt 10:50 Sun Aug 6
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I find it kind of funny that people think he did well, he lost, labour lost, his policies lost, the tories are in power, they will remain in power, democcracy spoke and he lost. get over it. You can say this or say that or whatever,but Labour lost. Deal with it

David L 10:02 Sun Aug 6
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Well, he certainly won the hearts of the Grenfell residents with one of the most toe curling stage managed events by a politician in living memory. Didn't play at all on their weak psychological state that day, nosirree.

Claret Badger 9:53 Sun Aug 6
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wow that is load of shit - desperate Conservative subverted corrupted nonsense

sure some twats on here will be braying its "brilliance" through their shit stained teeth about it though

Jez 9:49 Sun Aug 6
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I presume this was written by a Tory sympathiser. Nothing they wouldn't have done.

Chuckled at the dig about spending millions on social media. Imagine if they hadn't. Labour (or any party for that matter) would have been accused of political ineptitude.

What the writer is doing is exactly what he accuses Barack Obama of doing to Mitt Romney. That is accuse someone of something and then twisting the facts to suits his argument, rather than present the facts and allow the reader to draw their own conclusion.

Jez 9:49 Sun Aug 6
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I presume this was written by a Tory sympathiser. Nothing they wouldn't have done.

Chuckled at the dig about spending millions on social media. Imagine if they hadn't. Labour (or any party for that matter) would have been accused of political ineptitude.

What the writer is doing is exactly what he accuses Barack Obama of doing to Mitt Romney. That is accuse someone of something and then twisting the facts to suits his argument, rather than present the facts and allow the reader to draw their own conclusion.

Darby_ 9:39 Sun Aug 6
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There could be a danger of brainwashing if everyone's mind was as feeble as yours, Ridi.

I always said there was something about Corbyn and that people were foolish to write him off. I'd be surprised if he wasn't Prime Minister one day.

mongo 9:35 Sun Aug 6
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JC is the boy

Mike Oxsaw 9:34 Sun Aug 6
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I was always under the impression that in order to be brainwashed, you needed a brain.

I see my grammar school was well worth it, then.

cholo 9:26 Sun Aug 6
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Ridikzappa

Considering your obsession with Muslims I'd have thought you'd be more concerned about the Tories arming the world's most powerful Islamic absolute monarchy.

geoffpikey 9:23 Sun Aug 6
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zebthecat 8:39 Sun Aug 6

It's from today's SUNDAY EXPRESS. Is someone a bit embarrassed to credit it?

RM10 9:09 Sun Aug 6
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the Tories continue to fuck the country up and you focus upon corbyn, strange?

GreenStreetPlayer 9:06 Sun Aug 6
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And thank goodness these people did not turn up to vote in the referendum where older experienced heads were needed.

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