Jeremy Corbyn is too good at politics
Jeremy Corbyn is too good at politics. This is not a compliment. It is a critique. People need to look beyond the categorical labels given to politicians by the media, and instead look at what politicians have done. When we look at what Corbyn has done since becoming leader of the Labour Party, it becomes clear that he has degraded into someone who is set on securing power for himself
First there was Brexit. Corbyn sat on the fence the whole time. This was remarkable given that Brexit is an issue relevant to British national sovereignty. It is unacceptably shrewd for the leader of the opposition party to stay silent on such a fundamental issue like Brexit. But silent Corbyn was. Now let me speculate what he was hoping for. He was hoping for the Tories to be severely weakened by Brexit, which would make him the new prime minister. But it didn’t happen. The new PM was Teresa May.
Then there was the revolt against him after Brexit. Now, it is customary for leaders in Western democracies to step down after leading their parties to electoral defeat. But not with Corbyn. Corbyn put the revolt down. End of conversation. Wow.
And finally there was the snap election. What a dramatic turn-around! Corbyn judged, correctly, that his political life hang on this snap election. If he loses this one, the ensuing revolt will be too big to put down. So he went all in. He travelled all over the country. He campaigned hard. He ditched mainstream political talk and put on hard-core socialist talk. The thing is, it worked. How this will play out for Britain is still uncertain.
Right now Corbyn is having the time of his life. He has never been this close to 10 Downing Street. And don’t forget, when it comes to Corbyn, it’s always about power — his power.
Therefore, rather than building up a consensus within the Labour Party and reaching a compromise with his MPs, Corbyn has started to relentlessly consolidate his power. This behaviour follows the precedent set by Mao Zedong very closely, by the way. To outsiders it seems like political in-fighting which will weaken the party. Yes, it would. But Corbyn is not worrying about the Labour Party. He is trying to turn the Labour Party into Corbyn Party. And power consolidations strengthen Corbyn Party at the expense of Labour Party, which is fine with Corbyn.
Corbyn believes that if he turns the Labour Party into his personal political machine, he would have a better chance at becoming prime minister than if he had gone along with the party. Whether he is right or not remains to be seen.
And finally there is his elder brother. He is being promoted up the ranks of the Labour Party. This is not democratic. This is dynastic. Is Corbyn the senior being promoted because he is able, or is it because his last name is Corbyn? How can the Labour Party educate Britain’s young men about the socialist ideal if one’s fortunes within the Labour Party is tied to his last name?
Isn’t this what the Tories are supposed to do? Isn’t this what the elite are accustomed to? Or have our self-proclaimed socialists given up on socialism while hanging on to false promises for the sake of votes?
I personally oppose voting for Corbyn. As far as I am concerned, it does not hurt to stick with Teresa May, who at least has a track record of getting work done.