I totally disagree with Polly Toynbee’s miserable attack on Corbyn (13/12/19) in the Gruniad. The problem, as I see it, is that the toffs can always count on the working class to attack the middle class, since the workers perceive the middle as their enemy more than the toffs, and that is to a certain extent correct.
Corbyn’s mistake was to offer a second referendum, since though he decided to build his platform around basic principles, Johnson accurately perceived he could win if he made it about pitching the country against itself – ie that Brexit was the issue and the sole issue. Of course it isn’t, but Johnson read the mood. That is why he avoided all interviews on any other subject. He just wanted his slogan to get across. The Brexit party may seem like gumboot toffs, but the real push for Leave was among the working classes who have been furious that Labour might renege on the original referendum. They are who punished Corbyn.
I found Corbyn rock solid. Full of agility, charm and credibility. I always said to my pals that I agreed with him sitting on the fence over Brexit – and he was right to do so. His mistake was to get down from sitting on that fence.
Corbyn had a choice, either alienate the middle classes and London by saying the referendum had already been decided and he would never renege on that decision, which would have helped him retain the working class, or do as he did and offer a referendum at the end of the process, which would have placated the middle and London, but could AND DID alienate the working class. Personally, I see that as a difficult call, but I think his was the correctly principled and democratic decision – however it lost him the majority.
On top of that, the implacable hatred of him from the Zionist-bought press harmed him with the stupid middle as well. And there are plenty of stupids among the middle, including this woman, who was never part of the answer.
What Corbyn has achieved is that we may now have killed off the vestiges of new Labour (another contributing factor to his defeat since they were all such wasps towards what the party wanted by voting Corbyn in as leader and towards him as a rival for their power) and he has won over a huge percentage of youth to Socialism. Corbyn attracted popstar crowds (unlike Johnson who only managed to get who he paid for). My fear is that if he resigns we will get a fucking Blairite back. In which case, I will become a communist and give up on democracy in a world where The Leaders’ Group puts 50 billion at the disposal of the Right, all derived from private backers. That is the problem and the situation. Anthony 13/12/19
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?