So Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the UK Labour Party.
During the campaign the media repeatedly called him, derogatorily, a 'radical leftwinger'. This in itself tells us how far Labour moved, beginning with Blair, from its origins. And as Corbyn's competition were all in the Blairite vein, his huge success indicates Party members' disillusionment with that way of doing things. Blair made Labour indistinguishable from the Conservatives. Labour voters have now said they want change. They want a genuine, accessible, and principled leader.
Corbyn is all of that. Members found that he 'spoke to them', understood them, and was believable. He offers substance to a society disillusioned with politics.
The challenge for him is ensuring that the general population both likes him and buys into his thinking. He will have to mellow. Nationalisation of industry will not happen. Getting rid of the UK's nuclear weapons arsenal will not happen. And curtailing the power of the City of London will be very difficult.
But despite that, his election is momentous because it signals an appetite for a proper political debates that put principles and people first. The Conservatives have stripped the UK society to the bone in recent years, and plan to do it further over the coming years. You cannot keep cutting taxes and cutting expenditure and expect service quality to remain the same. Corbyn will highlight this. He will emphasise not just its inequity, but the flawed logic behind it as well.
As we move toward our own General Election here, it is clear these debates are not yet taking place. Our politicians have neither the ability nor desire to engage in debate about their political philosophies. On the one hand the Government will highlight strong economic growth and falling unemployment figures - on the other hand, the opposition will highlight regional inequality and 'the same old politics' of cronyism.
But this is not debate. This is just shouting. We need to be more honest with our voters. And deal with the facts. Corbyn does that.
His Shadow Cabinet, announced on Monday, has strong likeable personalities. This will help redefine the Party's image. It is an image that resonated with 59% of voters in the leadership election.
I hope it is an image that appeals to the general population as well.