“He’s unelectable”; “He’s too left-wing”; “He’s a Trotskyite”; “He didn’t do enough during the EU Referendum”. All the lies, misinformation and base-less nonsense made by people within the Labour party about their leader, a man who had the highest mandate in an election to win the leadership that has been seen for almost half a century. A man who has built up the membership of the Labour Party from near fatally low numbers into a proper “movement”. A man who speaks the language of the people, who uses real people’s issues and questions at PMQ’s and a man who did more mileage during the Referendum campaign than any other politician, including the then Prime Minister. Not to mention the increased majorities and votes for the Labour party in every election since he became leader.
So why do they hate him? Is it because he’s popular with the people, and they are, therefore jealous? Possibly. But more likely it’s because he shows a way forward that is counter to the culture in the Houses of Parliament. He actually works, he actually has convictions, he’s not about trying to make himself visible he’s about trying to make people’s issues and needs visible. He is passionate, honest and truthful. None of these things matter in modern politics where self-preservation and self-interest come first.
But, they say, he was “trounced” my May at PMQ’s! Was he? I watched in sadness, horror and disbelief as the Prime Minister refused to answer one of his questions, but rather mocked and avoided saying anything real or of value. As she mimicked Thatcher, a women who ripped the heart out of working class communities, she showed a complete lack of respect for the needs and the problems of ordinary people. As a Christian is horrified me that all she could do was act like the bully in the play ground rather than show dignity and reality. However, her disdain of Jeremy Corbyn showed one thing: The Tories are scared of him. If they weren’t they’d want him to remain as leader of the opposition, as a weak leader would serve them well. But they want him out because he is a very real threat to them.
So Labour MP’s wake up and smell the coffee! The people actually like your leader, they hate your lack of respect for him and them. They are your people, listen to them because they know Jeremy does! Let’s make for a real politics where issues, convictions and beliefs are what matters. Let’s try to make this country work for the majority not the advantaged few. The Kingdom of God is for everyone, wouldn’t it be great if our Country was too?