Pick of the week: Corbynmania or Corbynphobia?

Jeremy Corbyn has faced a rocky start to his leadership
Jeremy Corbyn has faced a rocky start to his leadership
Natalie Bloomer By

A chance for you to catch up on our 5 most-read articles this week.

Five: The questions Corbyn's critics must answer

In fifth place this week is a piece which suggested that despite all the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn there has been very little criticism of his actual views. We argue that at some point all the sneering and scaremongering will have to make way for actual policy debate.


Four: Corbyn's big mistake isn't McDonnell - it's Burnham

Before Corbyn had finished putting together his shadow cabinet it was already being widely ridiculed. The lack of women in the top four jobs outraged many on the left and his decision to appoint John McDonnell as shadow chancellor gave the right plenty of ammunition against him. However, it was the appointment of the discredited and authoritarian Andy Burnham as shadow home secretary which could be his biggest mistake.

Three: Jeremy Corbyn's first PMQs as-it-happens

In third place is our live coverage of the new Labour leader's debut at PMQs. With everyone eager to see how he would perform against David Cameron we brought you all the action as the two came face-to-face for the first time. Would Corbyn's idea of using questions from the public wrong-foot the prime minister?

Two: Why Jeremy Corbyn will do better than you expect

With all the predictions of disaster for a Corbyn-led Labour party, this piece predicted that the left-winger would far exceed the low expectations imposed on him. We suggest he will be a much tougher opponent to the government than many believe. His victory in the Labour leadership contest brings with it a truly unpredictable moment in British politics, that may not go the Tories way.

One: The scale of Jeremy Corbyn's victory is the final insult to Tony Blair

In the top spot this week is a piece we carried on the day Corbyn became the new leader of the Labour party. As the scale of his win became known we looked at how his victory would change the party. The era of Brown and Blair is well and truly over and with it New Labour now looks dead and buried. The result was the final insult to Blair whose interventions in the leadership race arguably did more to secure Corbyn's win than anything else.

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