I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion – Alexander the Great
I’m going to admit right of the bat that I wanted Corbyn elected to be leader of Labour. Like many of my centre right peers, the thought of Corbyn at the helm of the party conjured up images of Labour, a party I despised, crashing and burning into flames. So during the Labour leadership elections I wished with all my might that he would win.
In life there are a few rules I try to stick to. Don’t eat yellow snow, never trust anyone with a uni-brow and aptly here, be bloody careful what you wish for.
Over the last two weeks Corbyn has been completely dismantled by Cameron in PMQs and other face to face confrontations. It has really shone a light on how ill equipped Corbyn is to fight the Tory machine, and with it, reinforced by the strong showing for the Tories in the polls, I am left with visions of what is awaiting us until at least 2024.
If Corbyn is still leader of Labour- An absolute Tory majority in 2020 is assured. Tories that are cocksure and indifferent with the publics opinions of the policies they implement and how they implement them, because there is no fear of losing power. If this comes to pass, I have no doubt that their current treatment of the poor, their handling of the NHS and their cuts will look like an absolute day in the sunshine.
The latest round in the commons was a bout of what can only be described as a slew of “Yer mum” jokes, which culminated in Cameron delivering a rubuke that Corbyn needs to “buy a decent suit, do up his tie and learn to sing the national anthem”.
The reaction has been very predictable.
Corbyn supporters descending into angry tirades, either complimenting Jeremy on his restraint, and showing cool headedness, or lambasting Cameron for his childishness, and absolute surety that the public will now see the Prime Minister for the bully he is and vote for good old Corbyn.
I got news for any Corbynites out there. You are wrong. Really and worryingly wrong. The majority of the public wont see any of that. They will see a funny jibe by the PM, reinforcing the stereotype of Jeremy as a scruffy, weak joke. Unfit to stand up for himself, let alone the country.
Cameron is an arsehole but he isn’t stupid. Everything he does has purpose. His purpose at the moment is to ensure the public believe that Corbyn is a scruffy, left wing nutter with no backbone and no leadership qualities. He’s succeeding. Why play the ball, when its easier to play the man?
Yes Cameron is resorting to basic playground insults, yes Cameron is avoiding questions and just making personal attacks, yes Cameron is lowering the already low political standards, yes Cameron is being dishonest at almost every opportunity, yes Cameron is leading the public a merry dance.
But Jesus H Christ is Corbyn letting him get away with it all.
For what little its worth, I have a grudging respect for Corbyn. I am obviously right of centre, but I can see merit in a few of his policies, I can understand why he was voted in on the platform he was. I admire his desire to make politics and society fairer.
But I, and the vast majority of people who have read this post are not the people Corbyn needs to get his message across to. We are interested in politics, myself to a degree where I write a blog as a hobby – you yourself either follow my political Twitter account, Political Facebook page or regularly visit other political blogs or political Facebook pages. We pay attention to more detail because we are overly interested in the subject.
Corbyn needs to convince the millions of people who are only interested in politics in the run up to important political events and elections, and I promise you they are not seeing a man of scrupulous principles that will make their life fairer. They will find Camerons comments funny (they are actually, that’s the worry), and see Jeremy meekly muttering a weak rebuttal. They will see the front pages of tomorrows papers laughing at Jeremy. They will see some of his own cabinet members smirking at his misfortune whilst sat next to him. They will see weakness.
The vast majority will not vote for a Labour party with such a perceived weak leader, especially not when Labour already has the image as unsafe with the economy. Not in a million years.
At present Corbyn is going to lose Labour seats. Lots of seats, and in doing so allow the Tories to gain the largest majority they have enjoyed for a long, long time. He is going to cause the exact opposite of what his supporters want.
And here is the rub, there are two things that can be done about this. Either Corbyn needs to act stronger and get better at his retorts, get exceedingly better at explaining not only his policies but the implementation and effects, get much better at making sure he doesn’t look like he is being pushed around, most importantly he must somehow find a way to better Cameron, to poke holes all through his web of spin and lies, because at the moment he isn’t.
Oh and if Corbyn could slap the insubordinate smirk off that goon, Andy Burnhams face that wouldn’t go amiss.
He needs to do all of this or Labour need to get rid of Corbyn.
I’m no Labour supporter, but I don’t want a Tory party that is so strong it can act with impunity. If you support Corbyn neither do you I’m sure. But if he doesn’t pick up his game, then he needs to go. For all our sakes.