All election accounts suffer from the same problem: it is extremely difficult to separate the factors that lead us to cast our votes. Any attempt to explain the results of elections therefore end up focusing heavily on correlation rather than causation: the winning side did x and they won, so x must have led to the victory.

In 2017, the ‘winning’ side did not win per se, but as the result of last year’s general election was so contrary to expectations, it was only a matter of time before Corbyn’s team told their victor’s story.

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