While I was on hiatus I had plenty of time to come to terms with my sense of youth, and in doing so succeeded in making myself feel older. The realization that every second you spend doing anything is a second you won’t ever get back is a very scary and age inducing though. I’ve realized that in 21 years of my life, nearly 22, I have done so much, and yet so little…. Also in this time away there was a new Labour leader elected, and here’s what i think of him.
Jeremy Corbyn is the RKO of leaders as he came “outta nowhere”. He was an outsider in the party 20 years ago because of his seriously socialist standards so it’s unsurprising that being on the brow of that hill that people often refer OAP’s to being over, and still quite a radical thinker, no one thought he would be the new leader of the opposition.
He was only put forward for the leadership race at the last minute by his friends in the very left thinking corner of the party. It was summed up by the news agencies that his presence in the running’s was just so that the serious questions of immigration, Syria and our nuclear deterrent ‘Tridant’ were able to be put to the panel; which I think is a nice way of saying the other 3 candidates could answer the questions however they wanted and still look sane next to Corbyn. He counted himself out of the race right from the word go and his odds were over 100/1 to begin with; so what happened?
Well, if were very analytical here and very observant, it’s clear to see that Jeremy Corbyns rise to power has come from the situations around the world and at home at the moment. I of course can’t say anything for definite, and call me a conspiracy theorist if you like but here’s my theory:
There are troubles in the Middle East. Syria is a war zone that everyone wants a piece of and the terror threat is low but present. This country is still in debt, after years of austerity and yet still spending money to be involved in Europe and to provide Iraqi forces with Intel on terrorist movements.
In this environment tension builds within the British public. As things aren’t getting better very quickly, people look to things to blame, which is how all far right and left wing parties start to gain support, eg: UKIP. UKIP gave the public our connection to the EU to blame for the lack of growth in the economy. The rise in popularity of UKIP was seen in the election results.
What was all so seen in the election results was the massive defeat of the LibDems, due to Nick Clegg being seen to be breaking his promises in the last Government and not really standing up for his parties views on certain, including key, issues.
In the election Labour suffered what has been described as a crippling defeat. As a result of this defeat Ed Milliband stepped down as leader, and that gave way to the leader election. Now, I know this is disputed but I believe the trade unions have a big say in Labours leadership elections and how Labour is run. They saw the defeat of the LibDems and so the defeat of middle of the road political thinking. Coupling that with the rise in the far right UKIP, and an increased interest in thinking from a political wing, I think they realized that for Labour to come back they had to stop trying to be middle of the road.
With that realization, they would have heard the other 3 talking about child care and the NHS, benefits and other classic Labour as opposition issues and probably thought “they don’t have a clue”…. then they heard Jeremy Corbyn, talking about serious, hard hitting issues that the public are talking about and not shying away from sharing his views, and probably thought “That’s a leader!”.
That’s my theory of how Corbyn came to power. I think he just had himself thrown into the leadership mix at the right time, when his opinionated and off center politics are what people want to hear, but he has been branded as a sign of Labours madness as a party by certain tabloids…. so, Hero or Villain?
It’s hard to tell at this point. Partly because it’s too soon in his new popular position, as his political career as an unpopular, unknown party member is well into it’s later years, but also because he’s the press haven’t really gone either way on him. I remember there was a bit about him not driving but being a cyclist, and another about him being the leader of the opposition at his first PMQT, but that’s it. Nothing else that can be substantiated or supported as true, of note has really come of his election or being leader of the opposition.
What he intends to do with the country as PM is another story, but he’s dealing with his party so much at the moment trying to stop them from revolting against him or stop anyone else leaving under his leadership, that I doubt he would even go into the election with a united Labour, let alone come out elected with one! Maybe he’s given the press so little to go on because he’s so busy with internal party affairs, quelling rebellions and convincing members to stay.
So at the moment, Jeremy Corbyn has a lot of work to do ahead of him, but I think he’d appreciate me summing up with the following: He’s neither a Hero or a Villain, but just a concerned citizen trying to make a difference.
That Other Guy
FYI: I purposefully sourced no evidence or did any research whatsoever for this piece as it is an opinion piece only. This is what i think of the man, not a factual political analysis of his recent career.