Isn’t it odd? Early last week Prince Andrew was interviewed on telly. The result was as near to a train-wreck as most of us want to get. Andrew’s view of his paeodophilic friend Jeffrey Eptstein was that he had engaged in behaviour unbecoming. He claimed that he’d never met the young aged seventeen who claimed she’d been flown from the US for Prince Andrew to have sex with her. Epstein was convicted of all sorts of foul things and did time in jail. Andrew said he was appalled, so appalled he flew across the Atlantic and stayed with Epstein for four days in order to tell him they were no longer his chum. What seems to have irritated most viewers was that Prince Andrew offered no apology for his conduct.
Later last week, Boris Johnson did a TV interview with Fiona Bruce and a studio audience. The first question lobbed at him was a good one: how could the electorate trust him, Boris, given his record of lying and would he now apologise for his written comments regarding Muslims and homosexuals? Boris waved his arms about, spoke with passion of his desire to do good by the British people and get Brexit done. Would he apologise for what he’d written? He ignored the question. And when Boris left the studio he was applauded, and the polls are showing that he’s going to lead the Tories into another period in which the rich will get richer and the poor will once more get screwed. The Tories have a 19% lead over Labour, for God’s sake. Boris seems to have perfected the Trump technique: tell lies, express contempt for minorities, then follow up with an energetic speech and hey presto! You’re home and hosed.
Contra Jeremy Corbyn was also interviewed during the week. Corbyn explained Labour’s plans for jobs, the NHS, broadband – you name it, they’d planned for an economic revolution and what’s more, it had all been costed. What’s more, he said he’d be neutral in a second referendum: he’d step back so that, after the referendum, he’d be in a position to bring a badly divided British society together again.
Now no politician ever opens his or her mouth without first considering how this will impact on their electoral chances. But allowing for that, Corbyn’s neutral stance is a sensible one: traditional Labour voters are split between Leave and Remain, and the work of reconciliation post- a second referendum will be a massive one. It makes sense for Corbyn to adopt that policy.
But is that accepted by the politicians and pundits? Nah. Corbyn is a wimp. Corbyn doesn’t come on in his shirt sleeves, crouched as if about to enter a rugby scrum. Corbyn doesn’t use Latin tags. Corbyn is a wimp, he’s weak, he is a pathetic excuse for a leader.
Sometimes you want to throw yourself on the ground and call on your Maker to vaporise any voter who falls for the massive mountain of Tory camel dung.