It turns out chanting ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!’ and waving hundreds of Palestinian flags at party conference failed to deliver a majority Labour government. Who would’ve thought it? Well me, for one.
I’ve never been a paid-up member of the cult of Magic Grandpa. Perhaps because, unlike Corbyn, I’ve actually experienced poverty and hardship. I’ve grown up in – and represented in local government – a deprived community, where Labour values were relied upon and essential. And I like to think I understand the make-up of the British electorate, the British political psyche, and the lessons of modern British history, chiefly that Labour cannot win a General Election by embracing the hard left – and telling everyone who disagrees with them to “fuck off and join the Tories”.
For the avoidance of doubt, this result wasn’t the fault of the media, the moderates, the Brexiteers, Tony Blair, businesses, Indians, the white working class, millionaires and billionaires, the establishment, the Jews, the social media companies, nationalists, the middle class, Remainers, the Scots, the BBC, or anyone else.
Labour lost the election because of Jeremy Corbyn – and his hard left supporters, enablers, apologists and sycophants. Labour’s performance at this General Election is 100% owned by them.
A few additional thoughts:
1. What’s astounding is that the General Election wasn’t an inevitability. Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson gifted the election to Boris Johnson. Now Corbyn is set to go and Swinson has lost her seat. Corbyn didn’t need to agree to the election on Tory terms – but, as always, he and his cabal thought they knew best. They were wrong.
2. The position on Brexit was also totally screwed up. We tried to appease both Leavers and Remainers – and support went down amongst both camps. The leadership ignored party members and fudged the issue at conference. We failed to do any kind of pragmatic deal with the Liberal Democrats, which could have helped both parties to the tune of dozens of seats.
3. On the flip side, Labour benefitted from the Brexit Party standing in certain English Labour seats. Talented stars like Dan Jarvis and Yvette Cooper would’ve also lost their seats if it wasn’t for the Brexit Party siphoning off right wing votes from the Tories. In other words this result could’ve been a hell of a lot worse.
4. There’s also no escaping that the Labour Party is now an institutionally racist party. Anyone who disagrees with this statement is part of the problem. The fundamental issue of course is anti-Semitism – and the party is being investigated by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
5. But there’s additional racism across the party, including with increasing anti-Indian bigotry. In recent years I have myself been repeatedly racially abused by fellow Labour members. Complaints to Labour HQ have been totally ignored. Labour has a lot of work to do to get its own house in order before seeking to be a party of government once again.
6. Stitch-ups, nepotism and corruption have also cost us dearly. We lost Bassetlaw. We failed to win Chingford and Woodford Green. We’ll likely lose Leicester East to the Tories next time. But the hard left don’t care: they want to control the party, not the country. In-fact the Tories need not rely on Russian interference or Facebook to win the next election. All they have to do is help elect Corbyn 2.0 – i.e. someone like Rebecca Long-Bailey – and Boris Johnson and the Tories will win the next election too. Unless Labour gets serious about winning power again, the party is finished.
7. The Corbyn outriders are a total disgrace. There are too many to mention. But let’s take one: Ash Sarkar. A self-described Communist, she’s the left-wing equivalent of Katie Hopkins. A fanatical extremist who should be ignored and banished to the fringes as an irrelevant idiot. Instead, Labour made her the poster girl for its campaign.
8. Quite apart from these rent-a-gobs, a coterie of other numpties have been given free reign. Salma Yaqoob for example has become the personification of everything that’s wrong with the Labour Party. The former Leader of the Respect Party is currently seeking the Labour nomination for West Midlands metro mayor. Whereas historically, the white working class has been the backbone of our country and our party, Labour all but abandoned its core voter base and embraced nasty divisive bigots like Yaqoob instead.
9. In my view those in the cult of Jeremy Corbyn haven’t been trying to fix our broken society but rather, their broken souls. Desperate, fearful, craving subjugation by a totalitarian father figure. They pledged blind loyalty to Corbyn and screamed at anyone who dared challenge their self-indulgent authoritarian game-playing. The thing is, most Brits despise totalitarian cults. In a poll done immediately after the election 43% of respondents said the main reason they didn’t vote Labour was because of Corbyn’s leadership – Brexit (at 17%) and economic policies (at 12%) were a long way behind.
In summary, this is a catastrophic result for the Labour Party, and especially for those who rely on Labour values. But not for Jeremy Corbyn. His so-called concession speech was utterly graceless. No humility. No personal responsibility. No grasp on reality. He’s been the worst Labour Leader in British history – and he doesn’t even give a shit. Mind you he has just been re-elected in Islington North for the tenth time in his 37-year political career, and £80,000 per annum helps to pay for a great deal of virtue signalling.
Jeremy Corbyn needs to go sooner rather than later. If the party chooses another hard left Leader, Labour will never win power again. In the meantime, it would be most helpful if all the Marxists, Communists, Leninists, Trotskyites and other hard left entryist bastards would get the hell out of the Labour Party. For we have work to do.