Alright, fine. Here’s the thing, or rather things.
- If you have to fake something to make a point, then your point is possibly not worth making, or is untrue. There’s no possible room for bias in this statement. No-one can accuse me of lying, or being sucked in by the MSM. I’m not necessarily responding here to any particular statement, tweet or video. I’m offering an opinion so juvenile, simplistic and unarguable as to be worthless. Lying is wrong, and bad.
- If you’re going to lie to make your point (or obfuscate, or confuse, or vilify, or grandstand) then at least be good at it. Being incompetent at questionable practice is not admirable; you lost your admirable status the moment you decided to try the thing you have recently been proven as being shit at. It’s becoming clear that Corbyn, and his team, are not not politicians, they’re just really, really bad politicians.There’s a skill, a dark art, that they simply do not have. They offer an absence, not an alternative. They cannot do their jobs. Nobody asked for that.
- The thing. The real thing. He’s anti-democratic. He clings to an idea of democracy that is mutable and shiftable and seems to mean whatever he wants it to mean at that time. Simple maths – Corbyn was elected overwhelmingly by those under thirty-five; those under thirty-five (country-wide but especially those identifying as Labour) were hugely, almost entirely, remain. Corbyn made almost no effort to mobilise a remain vote, and on the day of the result sent an email to party members saying that, basically, we should suck it up and make the best of it. In all possible worlds, to hel with that. He ceded the only reasonable opposition position to Tim Bloody Farron and in doing so he, with one mail, gave away the next election. He also, more importantly, bloodlessly and mealymouthedly (yeah, it’s a word. I used to be Head of English at Harrow. Mealymouthedly) betrayed the interests and the desires of the people who make up his entire fucking mandate.
- I’m done. I’m done pretending that he represents some sort of alternative. He’s not outside the establishment, he’s just an irrelevant part of the establishment. He’s been an MP for 33 years; he has spent that time refusing to engage in party politics, utterly failing to influence or affect the discourse of the time. He was as much of a pointless little thorn in Kinnock’s side as he was in Blair’s. He argued with Tony Benn, for Christ’s sake. Benn, the unthinking idiot’s messiah. He’s basically been a paid irrelevance for thirty plus years, refusing to accept the legitimacy of any aspect of the system in which he is employed. He doesn’t acknowledge the will of parliament, or of the party; he isn’t Bernie Sanders, or Che Gue- Flaming-Vara: he’s Nigel Farage. Sorry, I know that smarts, but it’s true. He’s paid by people who’s opinions he disdains, to be part of a system he despises and his only value is as an irritant.
Enough. You asked a while ago whether to quit the party before or after you voted. I couldn’t tell you. I’m paying these people, every month, and I don’t like any of them. I don’t agree with any of them. Whatever – there has to be a better option that what we currently have.