“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
A famous quote from Mahatma Ghandi, which can be applied to the Labour leadership campaign of Jeremy Corbyn.
Before Jeremy Corbyn was announced as a Labour leadership contender my local MP, John Mann, sent me an e-mail to ask who I would like to see chosen as the new leader of the Labour Party. I didn’t hesitate in typing Jezza’s name. After he garnered the necessary backing, and stepped forward as a possible candidate for the role, I was delighted.
However, his campaign has received a variety of responses, from complete dismissal to mockery to fear, and, of course, the usual scare-mongering that has become a staple of the Tory modus operandi when it comes to making the “idiot masses” do their bidding. But I don’t think that’s going to work this time, because the above responses have come from politicians and the media. The response from normal, working-class Britons has been consistently supportive of Jeremy Corbyn’s no-nonsense, sensible political outlook.
This terrifies politicians. It is a threat to the stoic, heartless status quo that David Cameron’s Conservative government has manufactured. It is a threat to careerist Labour politicians, such as Liz Kendal, who is willing to turn Labour into a mirror-image of the Conservative Party in order to gain power for herself.
Jeremy Corbyn isn’t gaining support because he wants to move the Labour Party even further to the right. He’s gaining support because his vision of the Labour Party gives the British public a REAL alternative to the cynical Tories. He is also a breath of fresh air from the vulgar, robotic, pandering, politicians who were shoved down our throats in the marathon-length run-up to the General Election. He has principles, sticks to them, and doesn’t rush headlong towards the centre-ground at the drop of a hat.
Seeing Tony Benn’s protégé become the Labour leader would be a rare cause for celebration in our current UK political landscape (which has conditioned us to constant despair and disappointment). Anything other than a Corbyn victory will disengage the public, particularly young people, even more, and allow the Tories to dominate for many years to come.
Jeremy Corbyn gets my support. JEREMY FOR LABOUR