That Corbyn: he’s an embarrassment

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One of the nastiest features to emerge from the BREXIT bomb-shell – and God knows there are enough contenders – is the blood-lust within the Labour Party.

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected and BREXIT was a fairly distant speck, the British Labour Party MPs have been scratching their heads to come up with a way to rid themselves of their turbulent new leader. In this they were ably assisted by the Tories, in whose interests it is to have a Labour Party riven with dissent.

At first it was the way Corbyn dressed. Could he not get a nice suit and tie and be like the rest of us? Sure how could you have a leader that didn’t know how to dress properly? Then it was the May council elections: the Labour Party would suffer terrible defeats, so here’s the thing, should we dump Corbyn before the elections or after?  The decision was taken to wait until after, in the hope Labour would lose  shedloads of seats and Corbyn be held responsible. Come the May council elections and…Oh crikey,  the Tories have lost four times as many seats as Labour.  Talk about frustrating.

OK then, let’s shift to the election of London mayor. Surely Labour will fail there again and we can blame Corbyn? Um, no. It appears the Labour candidate Sadiq Khan has won the London Mayoral race.  Mmmm. What about the by-election to the seat Sadiq Khan vacated to become mayor?  Isn’t the Labour Party candidate Dr Allin-Khan a cert to lose the seat, and we can blame Corbyn for that? Oh no. Disaster. Dr Allin-Khan has held the seat with an increased majority.

 So now we’re  looking hard at the way Corbyn conducted himself in the BREXIT campaign. Wasn’t he lack-lustre, didn’t he fail to speak out,  wasn’t he essentially a waste of space?  Look at the way David Cameron was everywhere,  delivering fighting speeches – invoking Churchill and all that. OK Cameron lost, but he definitely put his back into it. Unlike Corbyn.

Now that last criticism is true: Corbyn didn’t campaign for the Remain side in anything faintly resembling the way Cameron did. Cameron was all about Churchill and the British never running away from a fight, and look, here’s Barack Obama and he agrees with me!

No, Corbyn wasn’t like that. Have you watched any of the interviews he did?  I have.

For a start,  Corbyn speaks in a normal, conversational style. Cameron preferred to bray of the greatness of Britain, the need to protect our borders, the fact that Turkey won’t get into the EU until the year 3000.  In contrast, Corbyn identified the ways in which the EU has protected workers’ rights, women’s rights, supported farmers, supported education, developed infrastructure.

He also, quietly and with clarity, talked about the dangers of TTIP,  the proposed US-EU treaty that plans to hand huge power to multinationals. He spoke about the disconnection between ordinary people and the EU, the need to have its decision-making more representative of the people of the EU.  In short, Corbyn made it clear he wanted Britain to remain in the EU but he wanted to make the EU a very different organization. As Oscar Wilde might have put it: there is only one thing worse than being in the EU and that’s not being in the EU.

In short, Corbyn engaged in politics for grown-ups.  He presented  a full picture of the EU and what it meant. He told his listeners that he wasn’t an uncritical fan of the EU, he was a critical friend of it, and he would urge major reform of the institutions, assuming Britain voted to stay.

But Britain voted to leave, and now Labour Party MPs are busy saying in a range of different ways “It’s all Jeremy’s fault!”  That’s why, led by Hilary Benn, so many of Corbyn’s fellow-MPs have resigned from the shadow-Cabinet.  Their claim is that Corbyn would be a bad leader for a general election that could come before the end of the year.  No mention of the fact that they might be deselected by Labour party members who elected Corbyn in the first place and are getting more and more fed up with being treated as the voiceless masses.

Maybe in the coming weeks Corbyn will die the death of a thousand daggers and we’ll be looking at another more Blair-like leader.  Alternatively, Labour Party members may have rallied to protect the man who had the courage to address the electorate as adults and who focused on policy, not personality, in political matters.

It would be nice to think that Corbyn’s example will mean that in Britain, you no longer have to sink to the level of  a Nigel Farage or a Boris Johnson or a Donald Trump in order to be successful in politics.  Nice, but alas, unlikely.



23 Responses to That Corbyn: he’s an embarrassment

  1. James hunter July 2, 2016 at 9:04 am #


  2. Bridget Cairns July 2, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    should Jeremy be deposed by Hillary Benn faction, then there is an opportunity for Jeremy supporters to make sure Labour are defeated in next election.

  3. John Patton July 2, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Spot on, Jude. Listening to Corbyn since he campaigned for the leadership, I find myself saying ‘ yea, that’s what I believe and I suspect many other left-of-centre people are similarly minded. The media has annointed an abrasive style of leadership which asserts rather than questions and argues. In my trade union days, I found that some of the most effective leaders were the quiet ones who did their homework and eschewed populist speeches.There are still some old miners here who believe that Thatcher would not have devoured Joe Gormley in the manner that she disposed of Scargill.
    Of course, he was of Tyrone stock, I believe.

  4. Scott July 2, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    I’m not a fan of his left wing politics, but I would agree that the media has been a little unfair on Corbyn. The media however is only reflecting the situation amongst his parliamentary party who seem to believe that Corbyn is unelectable as PM.

    The Labour Party is in shock after not just the loss in the general election, but the fact that they were virtually wiped out in Scotland which was once one of there traditional strongholds, which even after defeat it could always retreat to lick it’s wounds.

    It’ll be interesting to see what will happen if there is a leadership election and the party membership elect him again. Will the Labour MP’s fall into line then or could this potentially split the party.

    I think there election system for Labour leader is flawed and has produced a situation were the party membership and the parliamentary party are now lined up against each other.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens. One thing for sure, politics is far from boring these days

    • Colmán July 3, 2016 at 12:05 am #

      Why do you not like left wing politics?

  5. giordanobruno July 2, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    Much as I like Corbyn I don’t think he is going to make it.
    You cannot lead a party without the backing of your MPs.
    He could not even say he had voted remain himself, which only highlights his failure of leadership.
    There has been another surge in membership which suggests he has support in the country, but it may not be enough.
    I am not sure what his agenda really is. Perhaps he is intent on breaking down the Labour Party to rebuild it as a new socialist unBlairite party.
    All recent history suggests that will not work in the UK, if they want to get elected.

    • James McGlone July 8, 2016 at 6:40 am #

      He actually did say that he voted remain… several times. Here’s one of those times:

      Regarding them not being electable unless they’re a Blairite party; if they’re just another Tory party, then what’s the point in their being?

      • giordanobruno July 8, 2016 at 9:21 am #

        Thanks, I accept that. Bryant making mischief I guess.
        I don’t know that they have to be Blairite to be elected but it seems doubtful that a far left party could win over a conservative (small c) electorate.
        Do you believe he could make his Labour Party electable?

  6. Perkin Warbeck July 2, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    It used to be a cartoon strip called Tom and Jerry , Esteemed Blogmeister, but that now has morphed into a case of Gerry and Jerry.

    In which both G and J are reduced to cartoon characters by the KFC (Kept Financially Communications), the main function of which is to tear strips off them both. With slight differences here and there as if to remind the readership that, yes, really, truly, honestly, our two islands are different, well, sort of.

    When Gerry first came into elected office all the media A-ten-shun ! was focused on the way he dressed up:

    -Tiocfaidh Armani.

    With Jerry, however, the media has very much gone in the opposite direction being somewhat miffed by his iffy decision to dress down rather than up.

    -The Duds of a Dud.

    The subtext of which was not strikingly dissimilar to that which greeted the first sightings of The Wild Men of Borneo when first taken under the wing of Barnum and Bailey in the Land of Uncle Sam back in the 1870s.

    (Down here in the Free Southern Stateen the two ring circus known as the KFC is referred to in the vernacular as ‘OO’. Which can stand equally for Orange Order or, indeed, O’ Reilly and O’Brien’.

    O’Brien, of course, took over from O’Reilly when the Maximalist morphed into the Minimalist. O’Reilly has, sadly, being compelled to turn his attention from pinstriped charcoal grey suits to scavenging for pin money by pawning his innumerable portraits in charcoal ).

    In fact, neither Gerry or Jerry ever laid foot on Borneo in their born days, no more than their illustrious predecessors (brothers born in Ohio) , but rather were native born oddities who failed to think inside the box. Unlike their predecessors who were normally classified as dwarfish yet exotic freaks Gerry and Jerry are designated as freakish political dwarves.

    To the consternation of those who so designate them, however, they continue to implement political acts of astounding strength. Whereas the exhibition of The Wild Men of Borneo consisted of their performing feats of great physical strength – such as lifting adult members of the audience over their heads with one hand, Gerry and Jerry’s performance finds expression in simple feats of unusua mental strength.

    From the withholding of the Hand of GB on the late Lite Lite Show ( in which the dissed guest effortlessly batted off the worst efforts of his graceless host with his little finger) to the Man who is Thursday’s column this week in The Unionist Times, the KFC (see above) have tried their worst with Gerry and in doing so have miraculously managed to come off second best.

    This is what the Man who is Thursday had to say this week:

    -….although it is too much to hope that any organisation led by Gerry Adams will abandon troublemaking entirely’.


    The organization which The Man who is Thursday is referring to just happens to be (gulp) the political party with the biggest electoral support on both sides of the Black Sow’s Dyke, going forward.

    The ultra-democratic Newt (for it is he!) recently took over, of course, from the Gnat in The Man who is Thursday slot which is exclusively reserved for Loyalism Lite.

    The Newt is the affectionate pet name given to Newton Emerson while the Gnat is the gnickname of Eamon McCann who recently ascended into a Higher Sphere of Existence, entirely

    The Man who was Thursday / The new People before Profit person-prophet never fails to pronounce Nationalism without a G. and such is the reason why he campaigned and champagned under the Galluping Slogan of ‘Neither Green nor Orange’.

    (Perhaps that is why a little patch of blue was stitched on to the Norniron gansey or else the colourfully colourless McCann-man from West Brit of the Bann would have had no team to cheer on during the current Extravaganza of his beloved Bootyful Game, aka, the EUROS 2016 in the (gasp) Green Fields of France.

    This latest tilt at Gerry of the Gerry and Jerry Show (formerly known as Gerry of The Uncle Tom and Jerry Show ) by the Unionist Times was headlined under the funny HAA-HAA title of:

    -Nationalists have nothing to fear from a United Ireland.

    Funny HAA-HAA titles have been long a feature of The Man who is Thursday Column in the tut-tutting T.U.T.

    Which is possibly only to be expected, given that HAA -HAA actually stand for House Afro-American and/ or House Amos ‘n Andy.

    Meanwhile the carbines of consensus remain trained on the Corbyn of the Gerry and Jerry Show.

  7. Sherdy July 2, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    There is indeed blood-lust within the Labour Party – but the MPs don’t seem to realise that the blood to be spilt may well be their own.
    Corbin and Cameron certainly do epitomise the total opposites in style of politicians – the loud mouth Cameron, who has just guaranteed that his career is ending in failure, and the softer spoken guy who seems to have a brain.
    But surely our experience in NI would indicate that the politician beating the biggest drum will get the most votes.
    As yet we don’t know which Tory will get the most votes, but we can guess that Michaelavelli Gove will maybe get the least.
    Labour, on the other hand is a house divided against itself and will not stand, but if Corbyn gets the support of the membership, will they, or can they unite in time for the next general election, whenever it is called.
    But if Corbyn is dumped, surely the party will have voted itself into oblivion for years to come.

  8. truthrevisionist July 2, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    The man who wields the dagger never gets to wear the crown.

    That is why Johnston and now Gove are history.

    Leadsom the deception, is being pushed forward for the purpose of ‘folding’ in front of May.

    May will begin the reverse strategy of Brexit to please the ‘brothel creepers and closet gays’ of the 1922 committee and FOI who are owned by the banks.

    Corbyn placed an X in the leave box.

    The Judas Mutineers know this. They are really all Tories.

    Working class people must keep Corbyn who can play a long game and achieve Brexit.

    At the same time the EU superstate is imploding and the gangsters realise their ‘New World Order’ isn’t the one they ‘ordered’.

  9. Antaine de Brún July 2, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    On the day of the 1992 general election, The Sun newspaper ran a front page featuring

    Neil Kinnock with the headline:

    ‘If Kinnock wins today will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights’

    Mr Kinnock supported Mr Miliband’s campaign to lead the Labour Party in 2010, and said

    “We’ve got our party back”

    when Mr Miliband became leader of the Labour Party. Mr Miliband, like Mr Kinnock, failed

    to lead the party back into government.

    Baron Kinnock, once a critic of the House of Lords, has entered the fray once more about

    the leadership and direction of the Labour Party. Mr Corbyn, according to his critics, was

    ambivalent on the Brexit issue prior to the referendum. Mr Corbyn’s critics do not appear

    to have any difficulty with the fact that Theresa May, tipped to be the next Tory leader, was

    comfortable in the Remain camp prior to the referendum.

    Mr Corbyn’s composure under pressure has been on display in recent weeks. He has

    continued to articulate where he stands on a range of social and economic issues while

    the farce in the Tory party continues to generate confusion in the disunited kingdom.

  10. Liam July 2, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Brilliant Jude. And still all these people keep joining labour in their thousands… I’m with Jeremy all the way. How dare he be so successful since he took on the mantle.

  11. Tenerife1 July 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    Can I just start by saying I like Jeremy Corbyn, however to me he gives the impression of a retired Geography teacher, with the pained expression of a man suffering with piles. Probably all this stems from the Kennedy Nixon TV debates where looks and not policies took centre stage. When you consider that great Labour power couple of Yvette cooper and Ed Balls, when after the last election 50 per cent of them were not even elected, and 63 per cent of Coopers constituency voted Brexit, it goes to show just how in touch the present Labour MPs really are with their Constituents. Will Jeremy survive? I hope so, Will his ideals prevail? I hope. Rupert Murdoch when once asked why he wanted Britain out of the EU, he replied “when I tell British Governments what to do they do it”. “When I go to Germany and France they tell me to F… Off. Dennis Potter in his last interview was asked what was his greatest fear for Britain and the English. He immediately replied “The Murdoch Press”. Boy was he right, when you consider how Blair and Brown debased themselves to that false God.

  12. Pádraig OChoirbinn July 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Nailed it again Jude.

  13. ben madigan July 3, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    The Chilcot report on Tony Blair and the Iraq war is due out on Wednesday next.
    Mr Corbyn was totally against the War and has vowed to try and get Blair arrested. Hence his determination to remain in place as Leader until Wednesday.
    The anti-Corbyn revolt in the British Labour Party was spearheaded by the right-wing Blairiites in the party (Red Tories). It started with Hilary Benn who Corbyn sacked from the shadow cabinet last week

    Anyone remember Benn’s speech supporting Cameron and military intervention in Syria?

  14. Liam Mc Farlane July 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    As usual June, you’re right on the money.

    • Liam Mc Farlane July 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      Sorry Jude about that predictive text.

      • Jude Collins July 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

        No problem, Liam – I’ve been called worse…

    • Jude Collins July 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

      Thanks, Siam…

  15. Paul Mc Corry July 5, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    Well said Jude,Jeremy Corbyn is a decent,honourable man of the people who,rather than engage in worthless rhetoric, aimed to offend or belittle,offers rational descriptions of any given situation with a truly socialist point of view on how it should be approached.He stated from the outset that he wanted a different type of politics.For instance,when at PMQ Jeremy would ask a question and David Cameron should answer it rather than give a well rehearsed string of abusive,comedic [sic] nonsence.Jeremy Corbyn as a new party leader is progressing nicely towards making Labour electable again.He was succeeding but rather than being supported and protected, when being jeered and shouted down by” Tory boys”[ and girls] he was receiving further abuse from the Blairites and career advancement,at any price Labour MPs behind him.Do these people not realise that we”The Plebs”are sick to death of the greed and broken promises of “New Labour” who are similar in every way to the Tories on the opposite benches.Those who are trying to destroy Mr Corbyn from his own side should hang their heads in shame.