Jeremy Corbyn 71


I have shared a platform at anti-war and pro-Palestinian events with Jeremy Corbyn on dozens of occasions over ten years. We have also worked together where Jeremy has been extremely helpful asking parliamentary questions on matters including Britain’s stance on Palestine at the UN, and the Liam Fox/Adam Werritty/Matthew Gould relationship. I would not call him exactly a friend because we have never spent purely social time together. But he is certainly someone for whom I have the highest personal regard.

I am delighted that he is going to run for the Labour leadership and give voters a real alternative, compared to the minute differences between the neo-con puppet candidates. I shall be most pleased if this, like Nicola Sturgeon in the general election, gives a chance for anti-Trident and anti-austerity arguments actually to be heard in the corporate media.

But I fear this won’t happen. The BBC have been deluging the airwaves with the right wing identikit candidates, not only in items relating to the Labour leadership election, but inviting them on to any conceivable programme to blether on any topic. I am willing to bet a large sum the same media access is not granted to Jeremy Corbyn. If you don’t say “aspirational”, you don’t get on.

The media dismiss any argument outwith the bounds of their narrow, manufactured corporate consensus as marginal and irrelevant. For example, never mind the fact that a clear majority in the UK has for years supported renationalisation of the railways. The very fact of its popular support makes it imperative to the BBC and other corporate media that it must not be voiced. Jeremy is very likely to voice it. Watch as he is carefully marginalised, patronised and excluded.

The difficulty which the corporate media and political classes have is that we in the SNP have just driven a coach and horses through the argument that the radical case for social justice is marginal and has no popular support. The Labour membership, outside the London millionaires and focus group organisers, can see this too. The problem is that party is riven between Blairites, who only ever joined for personal career and position and don’t believe in anything except a vague attachment to Thatcherism, and actual believers in social progress, who have spent years in pathetic befuddlement wondering what happened to their party.

The idea that Andy Burnham – who privatised the English NHS at a much faster rate than the Tories – is in any sense at all a left wing candidate is utterly risible. It is typical of non-free “democratic” systems that they give electorates a pretend alternative, just as Ed Balls was no different to George Osborne. Sounding marginally more northern does not make you more left wing, and Burnham isn’t. He has just won the prize for the most obsequious arse-licking of Prince Charles, beating even the egregious Tony Blair. Anybody who signs a letter “I remain, Your Royal Highness, Your most humble and obedient servant” should not just be debarred from politics, but should be sniggered at by everybody they encounter for the rest of their life.

I am afraid I expect that enough Labour Party members are Thatcherites anyway, or open to persuasion by the media that Jeremy stands outside “respectable” opinion, that he will not be able to mount a serious challenge. And I am afraid we won’t see much of his views on wasting public money on weapons of mass destruction given air time. But fair play to him for running, and I sincerely hope I am wrong.

My personal political priority remains to achieve Scottish independence as I believe only the break-up of the UK can change its rotten corporate controlled political system. The kaleidoscope needs a kick, not a shake. To achieve that, I am committed to support of the SNP. But the lack of any credible or worthwhile opposition in Scottish politics is deeply worrying. I would welcome the kind of Labour Party that Corbyn would lead as a healthy democratic development. Sadly I don’t expect it.


71 thoughts on “Jeremy Corbyn

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  • Macky

    Habbabkuk; “I think Churchill probably got it right when he said he would make an alliance with the Devil himself in order to see Hitler defeated.”

    Surprised you didn’t use this example (or maybe not !);

    “”In working for Palestine, I would even ally myself with the devil”

    — Vladimir Jabotinsky founder of Revisionist Zionism (Likud party roots) responding to condemnation for his alliance with Ukranian pogromist Petlyura.

  • Resident Dissident

    “the Poroshenko parliament yesterday announced that it was changing the constitution to allow troops of foreign nations into Ukraine.”

    Yet another lie from Mr Goss – the Ukrainian Parliament approved “foreign troops in if they “support peace and security” under UN or EU resolutions”. No change to the constitution just getting parliamentary approval to allow in UN or EU peacekeepers as required under the current constitution, which would seem a sensible precaution as I suspect that the only way a truce can be enforced between the two sides in Eastern Ukraine will be by the use of international peacekeepers.

    http://sputniknews.com/military/20150520/1022359899.html

  • nevermind

    I’m with Phill on this one, whoever thinks that anything will change here, in or out of Government is sorely mistaken and I can’t understaqnd the artificial hope that is raised by the prospect of a Labour Party apparatschik, dedicated as might be, being able to regain the social justice agenda.

    The best thing Jeremy could do, is to resign from New Labour and join the Green Party, a simple step could give them group status and they would be able to operate across the House with such a move.

    Staying within Labour and trying to re-convince champagne socialists would not make a difference at all.

  • lwtc247

    Quote:
    “I remain, Your Royal Highness, Your most humble and obedient servant” should not just be debarred from politics
    End quote.
    ALL politicians have to swear an oath of allegiance to the Monarch (as a precondition of taking their seat in Westminster).

  • John Spencer-Davis

    Mary
    06/06/2015 11:51pm

    That’s odd. Jeremy Corbyn seems to be the only candidate who is backing himself, in that his own name appears in the list of backers.

    If that’s an error, presumably he only has 10 backers, not 11.

    Kind regards, John

  • N_

    Where does the current political usage of kaleidoscope come from?

    It smacks of the idea of ramping up regional identities within England, not ones that actually mean something to people, such as Yorkshire or Cornwall or Derbyshire, but ones that mean far less, such as ‘the English Southwest’ or ‘the English Northeast’, a PR aim which calls to mind the Nazi-Fascist Julius Evola’s ‘Europe of regions’. The idea seems to be to balance Scottish nationalism while of course salivating at expected backhanders from huge construction projects such as HS2. Not to mention enormous fees to City ‘experts’ – remember when they grabbed the railways?

  • Mary

    John Spencer-Davis

    The NS have updated their piece. Mr Corbyn’s support is now reading 14 (inc himself)??

    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/list-mps-endorsements-labour-leadership-candidates

    Same link but now dated 10 June 2015. Confusing.

    Also there today is:

    The culture wars of the left have contributed to Labour becoming unelectable
    Pseudo-radical academics do the same damage to the cause of the political left in Britain as the populist American right does to the Republican Party.
    John Bew Published 10 June, 2015
    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/06/culture-wars-left-have-contributed-labour-becoming-unelectable

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