I love Jeremy Corbyn. You can only admire a man who says what he is and is what he says, especially when such a huge edifice of political lying, obfuscation and subterfuge is ranged against him. And I do not mean from opposition parties but from his own. In the process he is redefining what a politician should be and underlining how superficial are the political activities of all parties; politics with which we are so familiar but also disillusioned and disgusted by; the politics of greed and the acquisition of personal wealth, power or influence. Not the process of civilised democratic governance in the best interests of the peoples governed that we actually want.
I assert that to admit membership of a political party is to confess to intellectual inferiority, demeaning in fact, but that is a view for another time. Suffice it to say that I am most emphatically not a socialist of any colour (although I am just as strongly a republican!) but I do admire honest and sincere people who hold views of principle and behave accordingly, telling it as it is.
In that sense Jeremy might just be our salvation in the political processes of this country. At last we have a true socialist, somewhat to the left of vermillion, standing up to be counted. We are now heading back to a two or three party system of left and right views through which we poor, disgruntled voters can, over the years steer a middling course which gets the country tolerably well governed in spite politicians not because of them.
We have surely had enough of undercover political spin operatives and political parties pretending to be, at the same time, both left wing and right wing just to garner enough votes to get elected and impose their hidden dogma on us all.
Now all the hard lefties are coming out from behind the bushes like Macduff’s men in Macbeth hoping to win back Dunisnane. At least they are now out in the open where their discredited, impoverished policies can be shot at from the ramparts of democracy and I look forward with equal relish to target practise on the other, equally bigoted, right wing, party of the Church and the noble classes.
In the meantime Jeremy rides to his political doom but at least he’s doing it honourably.