You would think I would be the perfect Corbyn supporter. Lefty pretence, academic writing on the evils of neoliberalism, anti-Tory, blah blah blah. Yet I am not. Here are the three main reasons why:
1) Man-of-the-people BS
Because fanatical corbynistas keep telling you what a nice working class boy Jeremy is, doesn’t mean it’s true.
I had the chance to see the man in the flesh at the latest UCU conference. Apart from everyone slobbering over him (he is in fact closest than most to our Union’s positions), I did not see much that distinguished Jeremy from every other career politician.
Polished, professional, lifeless performance. On-message soundbites. No questions. Because Jeremy is so friendly, he wanted to chat with the audience rather than take questions. Better shaking hands Bono style than answering Brexit questions, hey?
Natalie Bennet was way better then Jeremy, period.
2) The damn Referendum
Jeremy now supports Staying-In does he? He speaks about it with such conviction (not). He has been dragging his feet because he is not a friend of the EU. You know what Jeremy? I am not a friend of the EU either, but leaving is a horrible deal for the nation. Grow some and go out and say it- every day- all the time.
If Leave wins I will blame Corbyn.
3) Government is like porn
The experience of the ‘first left government’ of Greece has taught us there is a pronounced gulf between what the radical left thinks it can do once in government and what actually happens.
Think of it this way, one may enjoy watching porn, but would find actual participation a bewildering, nasty experience. Ask Mr Tsipras.
The fact that Corbyn is accosted by the likes of Varoufakis and Mason worries me no end.
Mr Corbyn may be well meaning, or not, but if Labour wants to survive 2020 it needs a different leader.
Today’s election results being a not-as-bad-as-everyone-thought ‘success’ tells you what you need to know.