by Robert Williams
It is now quite clear that Jeremy Corbyn is prepared to destroy the Labour Party in his desperate attempt to cling to office (but not power – he has never had any power). In any sane and rational world, a leader who suffers the resignation of more than half his shadow cabinet, and who can muster the support of barely 20% of his MPs would resign.
That would be the honourable thing to do. It’s what a decent, compassionate and humane leader would do.
Instead, we have the appalling spectacle of a man with cloth ears, a total absence of communication skills and the political nous of a dung beetle, refusing to engage with his own MPs and then addressing a cheering crowd consisting of a few labour members and an awful lot of Socialist Worker, Militant and other fringe groups from the wilder shores of political sanity, preaching the Mandate Gospel. Part of which is to harass and threaten Labour MPs who dare to disbelieve in Jeremy’s capacity to convince someone to jump out of a burning car, let alone to persuade the electorate to put him in high office, outside their offices and homes.
The hitherto hidden vanity and ego of a man who has sat at the margins of politics for a lifetime, and so decent and principled that he has only put his head above the parapet to sit on platforms with terrorist organisations, anti Semites, Islamo-fascists and holocaust deniers is astonishing.
This honourable and decent man who thought the death of Osama bin Laden a “tragedy”. This political titan who thinks the way to regain the trust of the millions of voters across Britain is to offer the Falkland Islands to Argentina, and who hesitates about authorising a policy of shooting to kill terrorists in the process of murdering innocent civilians.
This decent man refused to appear on platforms with David Cameron to defend membership of the EU and yet has been happy to do with Hamas and Hezbollah, and happy to appear on Iranian and Russian state broadcasters with no complaints about their lack of democracy or attitudes to women and gays. Jeremy Corbyn sacks people who condemn fascist terrorism while being pathetically weak himself.
And now Mr Corbyn is holding the labour party hostage, with his “mandate”. As if the 100,000 odd people who voted for him in last year’s leadership elections count for far more than the 9 million people who voted labour in the 2015 general election.
Toxic doesn’t do justice to just how incompetent, inept and awful Team Corbyn has been. Every day he remains “leader” of the Labour Party means it is another light year from power.
That might not matter to the idiotic, undemocratic, out of touch, beyond reason hard Left, Green fantasists and other fellow travellers of the extreme fringe of left wing politics, but it does matter to millions of people who’s lives would be improved with a Labour government, and who are completely turned off appalling 1970’s student politics,
The odious bullies of the far left having any say on anything, displays a political ineptness (from spending 40 years talking to the same out of touch fringe activists, and no one but them) that makes the Monster Raving Loony Party look like a better bet than Labour.
Labour is doomed unless Jeremy Corbyn and his ragbag team of nonentities are removed this week.
It is no exaggeration to say that we are in the midst of a (self inflicted) national crisis. We need more than ever, a progressive, social democratic Labour opposition and, hopefully, government to deliver a more equal society, fighting against fascism around the world rather than appeasing “anti Americans”, opposing intolerance rather than apologising for it, striving for a sustainable economy, supporting the British people rather than obsessing about cultural and racial difference, supporting, above all, continuing membership of the EU and other pan national organisations to achieve global justice and to play a positive role in the world.
Yes, it is time to go Jeremy. The emperor has no clothes beneath the baggy beige cardigan. And, if you refuse to move, it is time to leave you with your mandate and form a genuine social democratic party that does see electoral success as a priority. That time is now.
Robert Williams works in public affairs and as a journalist