... too closeted to understand politics, a dirty business. |
It seems the advisors have suspended their work because they're unhappy about Corbyn's performance in the EU referendum campaign, whose Leave result they consider "disastrous".
Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that they're correct: Corbyn under-performed.
My point is that that's a technical issue - measuring his performance and measuring the impact of Leave on the economy (personally, I don't believe you can predict the economic impact because human behaviour is the massive variable that disqualifies economics from being a science, like, say, physics).
And that's the problem with the ivory-tower academics: they can only deal with technical questions; they have minimal/zero appreciation of dirty stuff like politics, because they never have to get into the sewer, as Corbyn and McDonnell have to. They like to be 'above' politics.
They don't understand that their precious technical assessments are, in the real world, merely political ammunition. They have handed the plotters another weapon with which to attack Corbyn.
It seems they haven't thought ahead because they're apparently oblivious that it's all a dirty game, not a civilised academic discussion, like the seminars they spend their lives in:
If Corbyn is eliminated, then there is even less hope that their anti-austerity economics will be implemented.
Their delusion is that their first priority should always be to academic questions, e.g. how bad will Brexit be for the economy and what proportion of blame lies with Corbyn?
They cannot understand that strategic questions must sometimes trump academic ones.
The same problem (closeted lifestyle of academics) occurs with climate scientists. They have spent decades in the delusion that it is enough simply to be getting on with their work and leave the politics to others. Now they regret their isolationism and can see the consequences of staying in their comfort zone.