Yesterday the Labour Party here in the UK voted in a new Labour leader.
Jeremy Corbyn won outright in the first round, with a whopping 59.5% of the vote. To put that into context for you, the Conservative Party got into power with a majority government in this year’s general election with 36.9% of the vote. Corbyn’s majority is not to be sneezed at, particularly when he was roundly lambasted by all and sundry as utterly unelectable.
After he was elected, several high profile Labour MPs quit their posts, saying they were unable to support Corbyn.
He seems, in the words of Catherine Tate, not really bovvered, and is merrily appointing new members of his shadow cabinet.
I applaud him. I applaud anyone who can weather what he has had to put up with over the last few months and emerge with his dignity intact.
Corbyn, you see, has been the subject of a smear campaign for some months in the run up to this election, not only by the opposition, which you can kind of understand even if you think it is utterly childish and pathetic, but by members of his own party who did not want to see him win.
This was spear-headed by among others the delightfully rat-faced Tony Blair who may well claim to have been acting in the best interests of the party, but looked more like he was using his own party’s resources to wage a massive smear campaign on a man he has had a grudge against ever since Corbyn suggested Blair stand trial for war crimes over the weapons of mass destruction farrago.
If you believed everything you read you might think that Corbyn has been personally responsible for every problem that currently ails Britain, and has been doing it just to spite us, for the past thirty years. Except that obviously we know that it is all the fault of the refugees/immigrants, so that’s a bit confusing. Unless Corbyn is actually a refugee, who is masquerading as an MP and probably fiddling his expenses too.
He is best friends with the Anti-Christ and drowns tiny kittens as a hobby. While laughing. That’s what The Daily Fail would like us to believe.
He is, according to sources, also friends with some other very dodgy people, as well as the actual Anti-Christ, which makes him both dangerous and unelectable and not good at Facebook. Also, his parties are rubbish, and full of cheap Lambrini and gristly sausages, not even on sticks.
He is, according to sources, going to drag us all back to the ways of Stalinist Russia within six months of coming into power. There will be queues for cabbages until domesday, which under his glorious reign is coming much sooner than anyone predicted, and there will be no brussel sprouts this Christmas because he will have sold them all to Cuba so he has enough money to go on holiday to Moscow where he’s going to shoot dissidents with President Putin and wrestle naked in the snow for larks.
Not only that, but he has carelessly broken the Labour Party and ruined all hopes for the future. For everyone.
He is basically: ‘Jezza who is head of the skool captane of everything and winer of the mrs joyful prize for rafia work’ – so we must hate, hate, hate him and his evil, raffia ways.
His policies are unworkable and might as well have been written by Mr. Tumble on the back of a fag packet with an eyebrow pencil for the amount of thought he’s put into them.
He failed CSE woodwork too.
He is a loser, except that he is not a loser (see: mrs joyful prize for wining labour eleckshun work)
Today, David Cameron has warned us that even though Corbyn isn’t really a winner and is more like Fotherington Thomas and David has been quoted as saying:
‘Acktually jezza corbyn is worse than me he is goalie and spend his time skipping about he sa Hullo clouds hullo sky hullo sun etc when huge centre forward bearing down on him and SHOT whistles past his nose’
we should also be aware that now those fules (probably immigrants/refugees, almost certainly Stalinists, raffia practitioners) have voted him in:
The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security.
That, my friends is a bona fide tweet from the Prime Minister of our country. Someone some of you actually elected.
It beggars belief.
The Labour Party should be bloody ashamed of itself for the low tricks it has played on its own members. In the run up to the vote, Corbyn’s nay sayers actively blocked fully paid up, long term members of the Labour Party from voting on various grounds, but mainly because they looked like they might vote for Corbyn.
It gladdens my heart that a) he got in anyway, b) their tactics were outed and actually caused more people to sign up for the party than ever before and c) yesterday, after he was elected they got 6000 new members in one day. Not bad going for a man who was going to be the death knell of the party.
It should remind the party high ups that politics should be about people, and when you forget that your party might as well be dead. Political parties should represent what the majority of its members want, NOT what the elite few at the top want, so that they can continue to be the elite few at the top.
As far as being the death of the party, it seems to me that Corbyn might be the one chance the party has to inject life into it. After the utter mockery of a sham of the Blair years when Labour turned itself into the ‘slightly crapper version of the Conservative Party’ and sold out everything it was supposed to stand for, and then Milliband was allowed to nail the coffin lid shut, it’s about bloody time it stood for something, anything other than pale blue dreams of Tory-lite.
Someone messaged me yesterday, telling me all about Corbyn’s terrible choice of previous associates and friends, like I might not have read the papers recently. They wondered how I could be in the slightest bit gleeful about his election. I pointed out that David Cameron pals out with Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and arms dealers and he’s running the country. I cannot get too worked up about who Jeremy Corbyn sends Christmas cards to.
Politicians are not squeaky clean, and by definition of their job they end up fraternising with people that I personally would rather approach from the opposite end of a shitty stick. It’s not ideal, but then politics is a messy, dirty business, and I think it’s important to judge by his policies and what he does before I start shrieking about his unsavoury friends.
I read this article in The Guardian which lays out his policies. I have to say that I thought there was a lot to admire in them, particularly his anti war policies, his attitude to women and the fact that he wants to chase international companies for the £120 billion in taxes that the Tory party let them get away with every year. It is this that heartens me most if I’m honest. It’s not even as if he’s talking about creating extra taxation policy for them, he’s simply, and quite rightly in my opinion, pointing out that it would be beneficial for them to pay what they already owe us. £120 billion would go a long way towards funding his anti-austerity measures.
I’m not saying he’s perfect. He can’t be. He’s a politician, and long term readers will know how I feel about politicians as a breed, but I can’t help but warm to him. I like an underdog. I like someone who isn’t afraid to stand up and say what a lot of people are too afraid to say. I like someone who actually has an opinion about something instead of being too afraid to stick their head over the parapet. I like someone who does what people says he can’t do and proves people wrong, particularly the sort of people who Corbyn has managed to prove wrong.
I’m glad that this election has shown again how people, ordinary people can change things that those in power say can’t be changed. I’m glad that regardless of how unfair the practices were against him, he has managed to rise above it all, and been pretty dignified in his victory. He seems to have already started as he means to go on, making a speech outlining his thoughts on improving mental health facilities in the UK, and pretty good thoughts they are too. It gladdens me.
I look forward to seeing what the future of British politics will bring. I think with the creation of the new Women’s Equality Party and the reinvigoration of a Labour Party that might actually start to stand for things rather than sitting mimsily on the side lines panicking about what they can say that will cause least offence to the most people and still look like they might be doing something, we actually have the potential for a political system in this country that finally gives people choices.