These days, all we hear, reed and watch is Jeremy Corbyn this and Jeremy Corbyn that. Form total obscurity in a few short months he is now the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of politics, understandably some love him while others loath him. For me his politics is very peculiar but then he won’t lead me or my party and if in September he wins the Labour Party leadership contest I will do everything in my power to see he never leads this great country.
Having said that, I, a Tory, cannot understand what Labour is doing to itself! They seem to be tearing chunks off each other because Corbyn (who a few months ago almost did not get enough Labour MPs to nominate him to stand for this contest) is now ahead in every poll.
But isn’t this democracy?
Not according to Andy Burnham and Liz Kendell.
Corbyn, a straight talker who doesn’t hold back, unlike most modern politicians, has a knack for answering every question put to him and engages easily with reports and people from all walks of life. He is a calm mature looking and behaving decent man, who holds very, very strong socialist beliefs. It seems this and his willingness to engage has struck a chord with many, plus his politics are a hit with the left. Same as Sarah Palin and Nigel Farage before him were on the right, as a result of that he is ahead and the Blairites don’t like it one bit.
As an outsider, I see why Blair, Mandelson, Brown, Campbell and Labourites of their ilk don’t like him. His leadership will take the party further left back to its pre-New Labour days. However, some would say a Corbyn leadership will bring Labour back home, to its rightful place.
My late father used to say “anger is man’s biggest enemy, because it clouds judgment.” And that is what I see happening with Labour. The New Labour types are angry and panicking that their beloved project is in danger of being axed. Sadly, in their fright and fury they lost sight of the bigger picture.
Jeremy Corbyn, like Farage and Palin, given time sooner rather than later will go away, because when it comes down to it what matters to most people is bread and butter issues not what sounds and feels good.
Take his latest promise. He said if elected leader he will apologise for the Iraq War. Now, who in their right mind will say that? When there is an ongoing independent enquiry into the matter. Secondly, does he really think Blair, Brown and Cameron did not consider offering an apology and ramifications of that offer? Or does he think he is the only person who sees the wrong in that war?
Furthermore, did he even consider what an apology by a leader and potential a PM might means? Apologising for the Iraq War is a slap on the face to our Armed Forces and disrespects all the men and women who fought in it. An apology might vindicate those who marched against the war, but it will dishonour the memory of those who gave their lives, their limps, their sanity and mental well-being to that war. An apology might feel good to some, but its implication and legacy are dire to those who were sent to fight it.
After two consecutive defeats, the last thing the Labour Party needs is to talk to itself, especially when it should be showing the public what a Labour government can offer them. And, explain how it can be different. It needs to show how a Labour administration can create better jobs, leave more money in peoples’ pockets, give children a better education and makes us all happier and healthier.
It seems the biggest fear the Blairites now have is Corbyn winning the leadership. As a result they are doing everything to stop him, accusing outsider infiltration, discrediting him and putting doubt in their own electoral system, all in hopes to put a stop to this election. While failing to realise that what they are doing is discrediting the whole Labour Party and making all of us ask: How can Labour run Britain if it can’t manage a simple leadership election?