I have just registered to vote as a Labour supporter. I have done so for a variety of reasons. Like Tony Benn once said, “Jeremy Corbyn is my favorite MP.” Jeremy Corbyn has been my favorite MP since Benn himself retired from the House of Commons to spend more time with his politics.
I always opposed proposals of socialists standing against Jeremy Corbyn; some of my political allies ignoring my advice. In my opinion he always earned the support of the left. If he becomes leader of the Labour Party – as is looking quite likely now (provided the British Establishment don’t destroy democracy in Labour’s ranks as they have almost everywhere else), then Labour earns my support in a way it has never done before. In such circumstances, I would certainly be willing to join, if that option was an option open to me. We shall see.
I have not voted Labour for a very long time. Nor have I voted for anyone for the last decade. If Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader, then he will galvanize the rest of the left – something that has been happening already. Jeremy Corbyn’s personal example of encouraging all of us to set aside unpleasant sectarian pettiness is paying dividends and has boosted his personal popularity. It is long overdue for the left to be patient with one another, relying on persuading with facts and logic, listening with interest instead of merely waiting for our turn to speak (if we’re lucky), even changing our own mind every now and then, publicly thanking others for paying us the compliment of seeing we are worth taking the time to set straight when they believe we are making an important mistake.
Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘bandwagon’ has barely started to get going, but it’s already looking like a juggernaut in comparison to those three clown cars bumping into each other. There is a palpable thirst for unity within the 76% of the electorate who didn’t hand David Cameron a mandate to do anything, certainly not any of this Tory garbage.
As Tom Watson has said so brilliantly within the last 24 hours, if elected Deputy Leader (even if he’s unsuccessful) he intends to serve loyally any elected leader of his party with a popular democratic mandate. And Tom Watson, quite rightly, expects every Labour MP to do the same. Anything else would be to act as a fifth column, an enemy within as it were. The clear motives of those proposing such sabotage would be to assist David Cameron’s unpopular Tory Party and his Five Megaphones of the Apocalypse – aka the BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News, ITV and Channel5.
In Scotland, the situation is a little bit more complicated. The Labour Party imploded recently, losing 95% of their MPs, The Scottish National Party virtually cleaning up with 56 MPs out of a total of 59 MPs. There are many reasons why this happened. One of them is that Jim Murphy threatened Labour’s voters with industrial-scale abstention at Westminster, doing so specifically to help David Cameron’s government, doing so to exact his deranged revenge on the Scottish people for not surrendering to blackmail to vote for a majority Labour Government of his bizarre Blairite bullshit. Thankfully – the Scottish people, Labour’s voters in particular – knew how to protest at Jim Murphy’s treachery.
Alas, Harriet Harman has learned absolutely nothing. And neither has any of Alastair Campbell’s “Anyone But Corbyn” threesome, with the possible exception of Andy Burnham who seems to shift in and out of a desire for unity.
Jim Murphy never got his chance to abstain. That is because he – and all but one of his 40 odd (distinctly odd) Labour MPs – were kicked out at Westminster to make room for Members of Parliament much more receptive to the priorities of Scotland’s voters, which used to be the priorities Labour’s voters. This is the message of Mhairi Black in her extraordinary maiden speech. And it is Jeremy Corbyn’s message too.
In Scotland, a deal needs to be struck under first-past-the-post seat. Labour and The SNP have to at least consider such a deal to stop David Cameron imposing his outrageously reactionary policies on the basis of less than a quarter of those entitled to vote, under a rigged electoral system designed to deny voters any real choice, reinforced big-time by the mass media being in the pocket of GCHQ, Special Branch, MI5, MI6, CBI, NSA, HSBC.
The left have to come to terms with the importance of compromise, if we want to get anything done. We need to give and take. Strike deals and accept minority votes. We need to target our real enemies and not the ****in’ Peoples Front of Judea.
Let’s get together to negotiate terms for reunification, as fast as possible, but as long as it takes to get it right, for all our sakes. Such compromise has to include finding a mutually-beneficial arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party and with the Greens in England and Wales.
Across the United Kingdom, we can set up a network of genuine broad churches that turns the tide on David Cameron’s government of death and destruction.
That is why I am happy to become a supporter of the Labour Party for a mere £3. That is why I am looking forward to Jeremy Corbyn taking on David Cameron every single Wednesday at Prime Minister’s Questions, over – for example – his deployment of Special Branch undercover cops like the notorious Bob Lambert, MI5, GCHQ etc. Why exactly has Theresa May and Alan Johnson been targeting Diane Abbott, Doreen Lawrence, Nicola Sturgeon, Tom Watson, Jeremy Corbyn himself and probably the overwhelming majority of those registered to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.
I’m not counting my Jeremy Corbyn’s until they’ve hatched. But I remain very confident that something very big is happening here. And the British Establishment ain’t seen nothing yet. Democracy is about to rise to the top of everyone’s agenda. All across the United Kingdom. And maybe even beyond that. Onwards and upwards, comrades. Onwards and upwards.