Like a 21st century version of Kenny Everett’s evangelistic character ‘Brother Lee Love’ (minus the big hands displayed at an 80’s Tory conference) Jeremy Corbyn strides onto a stage in a conference room full of party activists who see him as some sort of messiah, promoting a message that’s never been heard before, and insiders, who up until the day before the day before yesterday despised the man, whom they saw as a clear threat to their cushy existence as plastic socialist establishment spongers, a group now happy to pretend that they are with him in the hope of defrocking the Tories, shunting him out quietly out of the way, and getting back to the normality of feeding heartily from the trough of power.
Mr ‘Lee Love’ made great play in his conference speech of telling his cohort of adorati that ‘ We are the political mainstream now’. I’ve got some news for him, nothing’s changed, your party were the mainstream before now too.
HM’s Official Opposition is a great place to talk big and bold from.
Throwing in to the mix a pile of 1970’s style rhetoric about renationalising everything in sight, seeing a bigger role for public services and talking of rent controls is nothing new. We’ve heard it all before, but at least Michael Foot, a true orator. had the courage, in leadership, to stand by his view that weapons of mass murder are an abhorrence which should be consigned to history, unilaterally and without question.
As for advocating the end of the withering planned austerity that his honourable colleagues across the floor have inflicted on those in society least able to afford it for the last number of years, do us a favour Jeremy, do we look like we button up the back? Large numbers of your party’s elected members at Westminster, with or without the influence of the whip, either voted consistently with the Tories on many of these measures or abstained, allowing whatever nasty plan the right fancied introducing through on the nod.
His lack of knowledge on Scottish politics is staggering, or perhaps deliberately so. His suggestion that the Scottish government are passing on Tory austerity (the austerity his party sanctioned) to the people of Scotland by not utilising the tax varying powers that have been devolved to them is idiotic. The Scottish government have no real powers to make any significant difference to the plight of Scots impacted by Westminster right wing whims and social engineering projects, other than to make themselves unpopular by raising the level of tax burden . All the real financial levers are retained by London. Westminster doesn’t even provide the Scottish government with enough detailed or accurate financial information about tax income raised in Scotland to allow them to make any meaningful decisions. We have GERS though which gives us an understanding of how much of the UK’s debt, debt built up during the UK’s watch, under their governance, that they’ll apply to Scotland.
What was it Derek Bateman said. “A country denied the ability to run its own economy is blamed for being bankrupt by the authority which exercises those macro-economic powers over it. The British Treasury pulls our wings off and then laughs when we can’t fly.”
As for his continued monotonous reference to Independence for Scotland leading to ‘ turbocharged austerity” I think we need to always bear in mind that Labour in whatever form they dress themselves up in are part of the British nationalist establishment, whether directly from London or via the pointless anthill mob north of the border, whose obsessively ambitious leading lights hate each other that much, after the unexpected departure of Kez, who it turns out was soon to be the target of a Game of Thrones style red wedding anyway, that they’ve not got much time to do anything else other than stab each other in the back.
Labour stands for the Union, the maintenance of the status quo. Jeremy Corbyn will not change that. I’ll stick with the real progressives, the ones that have my country’s people and their interests at the top of the agenda.