Corbyn has broken our democracy.
When Jeremy Corbyn promised to fundamentally change our democracy, few thought he could deliver on it. But now, nearly two years and two Leadership elections later, it is clear that he has.
As a country, the structure of our political system has survived relatively unchanged since the 1700s. The checks and balances that underpin our democracy are an international golden standard. No one leader, no one party, whether Liberal, Whig, Conservative or Labour can stay in power for too long.
The existence of an opposition, a Government-in-waiting, pitching a clear alternative and ready to storm the gates of Downing Street is what drives politics forward. Ensuring that the ruling party has their feet held to the fire doesn’t just make for interesting PMQs, it keeps our country fair, free and transparent.
But, as is undoubtedly clear to most observers, something has gone wrong. For the first time in history, a Prime Minister is reigning unopposed. For most voters, there is no credible or realistic alternative to Conservative government. The bell-weather seats could not be further away from turning red and, across the country, even the safest of Labour seats are under threat.
Jeremy Corbyn isn’t the only source of Labour’s woes, in the same way Blockbuster didn’t go bankrupt because of mismanagement, but because they were selling an 80’s product in the modern era. But what Corbyn is responsible for is the more acute, more recent disasters in the general decline of Labour’s vote base. The view that Labour’s challenges are inevitable and Jeremy is doing well to fight against them is a little bit like saying that it was rust that sank the Titanic, not the iceberg it crashed into.
Corbyn’s inability to connect with voters, his failure to unite his party, his refusal to reach out for the center ground and his general unsuitability for the job he holds is fundamentally bad for the country. Even with a Conservative Government increasingly fighting for the things working families want and need, nobody wants to see us become a one-party state.
Indeed, the future of British democracy looks uncertain. A safe bet would be against a Labour majority government ever existing again in the foreseeable future. Instead, Parliament may end up looking more like the Knesset has in recent years. One natural party of Government, unassailable, with only the faintest chance of a broad, unstable opposition coalition replacing it temporarily. It’s no great stretch to imagine that model prevailing here in the UK and it would be the end of a system that has made Britain great for more than 300 years.
It might have been optimism that drove Corbyn to the forefront of national politics, but he’s managed to kill of all hope that Labour can govern again.