Corbyn Takes The Leadership

Jeremy CorbynInteresting times ahead for Labour and the country as a whole as Jeremy Corbyn takes the leadership.

It’s definitely been no secret that I’ve not been a Jeremy fan from the beginning, I definitely supported other candidates first and foremost.  In fact, I’m not actually going to deny that Jeremy Corbyn was my last choice to become the new Labour leader.

Primarily I endorsed Liz Kendall, followed by Yvette Cooper.

However, the overwhelming will over the party is that Jeremy Corbyn should be our leader – and I fully respect that decision.  Jeremy didn’t just win – he wiped the floor with every other candidate.

And to the naysayers that say there were ‘infiltrators’ or the Labour Leadership election was influenced by the Tories – not only is this simply not true (in any meaningful sense), but it’s actually not possible that the Tories (or any other group that might have wanted or liked to ‘interfere’ with the election).  Jeremy Corbyn was indeed supported by well over 80% of registered supporters (those that could pay £3 and get a vote).

However, the majority of affiliated supporters, that is, members of trade unions, also supported Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership.

And finally, the majority of full Labour Party members supported the election of Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership.

In fact, in the last few weeks, what we have seen is that if the Tories could have influenced the leadership election that they actually wanted to have Liz Kendall elected in the end…

Why?  Well, the problem has been, the Tories wanted to make Labour ‘unelectable’ by having Corbyn as the leader.

The problem?  Turns out a lot of Corbyn’s policies are actually quite popular with the electorate in general in our post-crisis society.

Whoops!  Rewind, all of a sudden the Tories wanted Liz Kendall to be leader – as a Blairite she’s much more likely to be seen as in touch with moderate Tory politics (economically, if not socially) than Jeremy Corbyn – who even the most moderate Tory is a polar opposite to.

I’ve listened to Jeremy over the last few days and actually, in general, I’ve liked what I’m hearing.  Some of the plans seem a bit wishy, washy at the moment – however, only as expected in the early days of anyone’s leadership, and I’m skeptical, without seeing the details, of how some of them would be implemented but overall I think he’s hitting the nail on the head on an awful lot of things.

As well, something which makes Jeremy Corbyn potentially one of the biggest electoral forces seen in the UK post-war is:

People actually believe him!

He’s announcing policies and even if people are skeptical, they’re going with him.

For example, Corbyn wants to scrap tuition fees.  So did the Lib Dems I hear you say.

When the public are asked the difference, what do they say?  Well in general it is:

The policy is the same, sure.  The difference is Nick Clegg was a power-grabbing, charlatan who would promise anything for a few votes and Jeremy Corbyn is genuine – when he says vote me in and I’ll scrap tuition fees, he will.

This kind of confidence in his honesty, integrity and sincerity cannot be over-valued.  This type of public confidence in a politician and his word has most certainly not been seen for decades.

Uncharted territory is ahead.   But, even from a neutral point of view, politics just got a whole lot more interesting.

¡Viva la Revolución!