Leftist media seeks to place Jeremy Corbyn on a pedestal after his party’s dismal result in last Thursday’s General Election. But is this in any way warranted?
The Guardian and other left-leaning news outlets are today proclaiming Corbyn a hero of the Labour Party in their post-election opinion pieces. Despite losing substantially, he’s nonetheless declared a winner, perhaps even a “populist” .
Riddle me this!
But riddle me this, as the Riddler from Batman would oft tease: Heroic Corbyn’s Labour won 261 seats in Parliament on Thursday yet the party under Neil Kinnock managed 271 MPs in 1992 – when he was subsequently dubbed a “loser”. Uh?
Add that May’s Conservatives gathered 13,650,900 votes this time round, against Labour’s 12,858,652. That Tory count adds up to more than Tony Blair’s “landslide victory” of 1997 when his New Labour agenda garnered only 13,518,167 votes (the Conservatives collected 9,600,943 that year under John Major).
So it hardly seems Labour has much to celebrate in terms of who got most votes or who won most seats. But it does seem the Left will claim, and gloat over, even the merest of consolation prizes.
Perhaps the Left’s real cause for celebration is that Prime Minister Theresa May fought a dismal election campaign and managed to throw away her previous majority – and therefore jeopardise brexit and the entire Conservative agenda.
Corbyn is being credited with getting the youth vote out, though no age breakdown is yet available to substantiate this. If that proves true, then this perpetually entitled generation clearly feels it deserves reward for just participating.
The problem for Labour is, however, that they still lost.
Coalition with DUP
PM May is now working out a coalition deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 seats would give a tiny but workable parliamentary majority for the Conservatives.
The DUP supports brexit, as do the Conservatives (despite May and most of her ministers previously being Remain campaigners). This may help bind the two parties.
But the DUP is particularly conservative both socially and morally, rooted very much in a culture more fitting of the early 20th century. It stands accused of being against abortion and gay marriage (both of those being fundamental articles of faith for the Left and accepted in today’s diluted manifestation of what passes for conservatism).
So there will doubtless be tensions between the broadly progressive, globalist Conservatives and its support from across the water. Indeed, the coalition may collapse and another election called – but let’s wait to see if that disastrous scenario unfolds.
Interestingly, DUP leader Arlene Foster was only eight years old when the IRA shot her father in 1979. She also survived an IRA bus bombing when she was 16.
This is the same IRA that Jeremy Corbyn is repeatedly on public record for supporting – and now there are vague threats of leftist students and trade unionists rioting on our streets if May doesn’t resign and the Tories capitulate to, er, them.
Additionally, those on the Left who opposed brexit may feel optimistic that plans to leave the European Union will be derailed.
But many forget that both Labour and Conservatives fought this latest election on the basis that they each supported withdrawing from the EU in their manifestos. Around 85 percent of the electorate cast votes for brexit parties.
However, a left-leaning UK media, especially the BBC, will without doubt continue its sniping and attempt to hinder the brexit process.
Merkel, Juncker, Macron et al must all be rubbing their hands with gleeful anticipation as we descend into idiocracy.