Posted on July 4, 2016
i3t – We Need To Talk About Jeremy
It’s been a week and a half since we voted to leave the EU and it’s safe to say that a hell of a lot has happened in that time. David Cameron is quitting as PM, Boris Johnson has decided that he didn’t want to be PM after all, and breaking news as I type Nigel Farage has also quit as UKIP leader saying that he’s “done his bit.” Plus there was a vote of no confidence in Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn that saw 172 of his MPs voting against him and just 40 supporting him.
Seeing as that Corbyn vote was near enough a week ago it’s safe to say mostpolitical commentators thought he’d have long gone by now but no. He’s still hanging on. Well hanging on isn’t quite the right term of phrase to use here. Whilst that vote of no confidence was happening in parliament over 10,000 people were outside in support of Corbyn. There have been massive rallies showing support for Corbyn all over the nation. There’s one in my city this afternoon.
You see there’s the issue. The majority of Labour MPs are saying that Jeremy Corbyn is out of touch with the Parliamentary Labour Party. He is. BUT, and this but is mammouth, is it not also the case that the Parliamentary Labour Party is massively, massively, out of touch with core Labour voters? And is that not the actual issue here?
For people tired of copy/paste politics, of the unholy mess Tony Blair left of the Labour Party, of politicians who are in it for themselves Corbyn represents a breath of fresh air. A politician of his type hasn’t been heard in the mainstream for decades. He’s got the youth vote mobilised to support him. He’s brought Old Labour back. He’s that very rare thing. He’s a politician who not just speaks for the people but is actually one of the people. He’s the full backing of the majority of the Trade Unions too.
If I was Corbyn I would de-select all those MPs who voted against him. They’re missing the point of the Labour Party. A very old saying was that the Tories was the party of the “haves” and Labour was the party of the “have nots.” When Tony Blair brought in New Labour in 1997 he effectively changed Labour from a left wing party to one right of the centre and lost what made Labour Labour. Corbyn has a chance to undo that damage and once again give the working class a political party that has their interests at heart.
At the moment the times they are a changing. Let us hope that Jeremy Corbyn can weather the storm and come out of it a stronger leader with a united party behind him. It’s what this country truly needs.