None of us clever clogs saw it coming. When Labour badly lost the 2015 General Election last May it came as a surprise – and not least to PM David Cameron (the lies won it). The electorate turned out at the last minute to be a fickle lot, don’t you think?
Unbelievably, Labour’s Leader Ed Miliband immediately abandoned his post –not the action of a wise potential Prime Minister surely? When the ship is on the rocks, tradition dictates that the Captain shows courage, stays with his ship on the bridge and protects his crew the best he can. Then again, Ed only followed the example of his elder brother David Miliband when he had also walked off stage in the huff after losing in the 2010 leadership election – so showing his similar total lack of commitment to British politics and the public (you see it had served its real purpose to him – so he could then earn big bucks elsewhere as three hundred grand CEO of the International Rescue Committee [IRC] in the USA – good socialist values, wot?) and leave us cretins to our fate under the Conservative LibDem Coalition, eh?). Our Ed finally crawled out of the woodwork yesterday to wish his successor well.
Many predicted that deputy Harriet Harman would become the next (but disastrous leader), however they were totally wrong – she rightfully stood aside but stayed at her post to oversee the unconditional surrender. Nevertheless, has the Party now demonstrated that it has an ingrained death wish?.
Yesterday, the Party has decided to apparently commit hari-kiri and have chosen an extreme left wing pseudo-communist Jeremy Corbyn to take them forward and without hope into the next General Election in five years time. Make no mistake about it our Jeremy is a charismatic powerful political orator and a genuine type of bloke. He does though have a major fault that will screw him up in modern British politics – he tells it as he sees it and with honesty. Oh yes, he also has some strange opinions but at least we all know what they are, unlike the rest of the big boy bunch in politics these days – whose opinions are decided solely by focus groups.
During this summer’s campaign, Corbyn’s policies have been widely rubbished by the others, by senior Labour figures, grandees, et al, and not least by the media. Nevertheless not all he has promulgated has been total unbridled nonsense. But what will he be allowed to actually do, if any of it? At the end of the day he may be Leader but he can’t be dictator and for example the Party will write the next manifesto (or suicide note perhaps?).
For over thirty years he has been a backbench serial rebel ‘nobody’ MP. – so how the hell did he win? For a start he alone recognised the importance of the new £3 voting supporters (over a hundred thousand of them) and he set out to secure their help – many of them disillusioned energetic idealistic youngsters (mirroring Obama’s success in securing his US Democratic party’s presidential nomination in 2007 – by getting money and support from the wider public using the internet); then also Corbyn courted the Unions – unlike foolish ‘had-it-in-the-bag’ Andy Burnham who wanted to keep them at arms length to avoid catching something? [he ended up a very poor second, just beating Yvette Cooper (damaged by being married to ex shadow Chancellor Ed Balls?), and got only a third of Corbyn’s effort; furthermore he turned the clock back in time and held mass rallies around the Country that galvanised people’s imagination, passion and enthusiasm; finally he had a sack full of policies to warm the cockles of the hearts of diehard Labourites [Energy – renationalise the Utilities, Rail – renationalise, and cancel HS2, NHS – ‘buy-back’ of private finance deals; Housing – reintroduce some rent controls; Economy – a big shake-up, easing-up on the austerity timetable, fairer taxes, public bank; Education – return schools to Councils, replace university tuition fees; Defence – scrap Trident and withdraw from NATO].
Jeremy Corbyn is irrefutably today’s Leader of the British Labour Party, but is he a leader? NO. Can he lead? NO. He has been duely and justly elected by a landslide, fair and square, , but can he expect loyalty? NO. Has he got what it takes to be PM? NO. He is in untried territory, in uncharted waters no less. He has the genuine backing of only a small gaggle of Labour MPs – what about the other two hundreds? Will there really be an quick backbench rebellion. Will there be an early coup? What about the frontbenchers – how many will continue to serve? Some of them will almost certainly go – like pseudo-tory leadership hopeful Liz Kendal (a Blairite) who got a derisory under five percent of the vote, and Cooper as well. But some will stay – when you are a career politician you can’t afford to let principles get in the way of your career, can you? We expect news of the new shadow cabinet in a few hours time this afternoon (and the worst thing is that we are likely see useless pseudo-Labour MP Diane Abbott back in a shadow role).
The backbenchers will have to tread carefully – cause any waves and Corbyn will get them locally deselected; he may well be wet behind the ears on the frontline, but he has fire in the belly, is not Mr Nice Guy, nor weak.
[The Conservatives are convinced that they are on a winner with Jeremy Corbyn leading the Labour Party Opposition (and indeed some of them tried to orchestrate it) – but perhaps they should have remembered the advice “be careful what you wish for”?].