Monday, 14 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Hurray for Jeremy Corbyn. British politics has suddenly become interesting, actually that is a under statement, British politics has suddenly become fascinating.  First reactions from 'commentators' are predictable.  The Labour membership has collectively committed suicide, the Conservatives will walk the next election, Labour will tear itself apart etc.

What do I think? Well I think Jeremy Corbyn's election is part of a world wide groundswell of opinion among electorates in developed countries away from blancmange politicians like Our Dave and the alternative Labour leadership candidates. I mean let's face it what does Yvette Cooper actually stand for, what, if anything, does she actually believe in? You don't know? of course you don't because professional politicians like Yvette and Our Dave make very sure that they don't advertise their beliefs and try to be all things to all men.  Todays professional politicians are, as I have said before, too afraid of being hated ever to be loved. Say what you like about Jeremy Corbyn but at least we all know what he believes in and that is why some people love him and are prepared to fight for him.

I think that Corbyn's election is part of a reaction by the electorate away from blancmange politics and politicians and that is why I cheer it. The success of Nigel Farage and UKIP and now Corbyn's election is a warning to politicians of all parties that there is a movement against 'non confrontational' politics as practised by the Metropolitan elite for the last decade or so towards conviction politicians.

Not just in the UK either. Witness the success of the right wing buffoon Donald Trump in America. In France next year there is a very real possibility that the Presidential elections will be won by the National Front, in Poland a right wing part is poised to take power next year, while in Spain an extreme left wing party has emerged to challenge the established parties and don't mention Greece!

So who in Brit politics are going to be the winners and losers as a result of Jeremy Corbyn's election. Well the biggest winner is of course UKIP.  Around 20% of those who voted Conservative at the last election would have voted UKIP if they hadn't been frightened of letting Milliband into No.10.  So, all things being equal, I can see UKIP gaining 30 -50 seats at the next election if- and it is a big if - Corbyn remain as leader of the Labour party.  Will he do so? Well he has one major piece of luck -in eight months time elections are due to the Scottish Parliament - Corbyn is a great campaigner and a great speaker in the rabble rousing tradition. He could reverse the disastrous collapse in the Scottish Labour party and if he does then he would become very difficult to get rid of.  Finally the Liberal party which was virtually dead and buried has been offered a life line. surely the Liberal party is the obvious home for disaffected Champagne socialist and Blairites.  Lastly what of the Conservatives. Well It all looks like a walk in the park from here on in for our Dave and his friends but he ought to remember Macmillan's answer to a reporter who asked him what the was afraid of:

"Events my boy, Events'  The Old fraud sagely replied.

Chris Packenham of the BBC

Good to know that there is at least one Institution where Political Correctness doesn't reign and employees are allowed - even encouraged - to voice insulting opinions of ethnics and minorities. Yes -You've guessed it -I'm referring to the BBC.  One of their star presenters-Chris Packenham-who bizarrely is a presenter of Country file has called farmers - who- together with landowners - oddly manage and look after virtually all the countryside - 'Brutalist thugs, liars and frauds.'  Wow. That's pretty hot stuff and I expect you remember the fuss the self same BBC made when Jeremy Clarkson mouthed - but did not speak the rhyme,  which everyone of his generation knows by heart "eeny meany mini mow catch a N****** by his toe...." Good to know that the BBC has now moved on from that frightfully PC attitude they adopted to Jeremy's antics ( an attitude incidentally which has probably cost the license fee payer - you and me -some £20 million a year in lost revenue from Top Gear) and now embraces Non PC presenters with -shall say -controversial -and highly prejudiced  attitude to the people who are the subject of much of their programmes.

Now I want you to play a game -substitute the word 'Farmer' and instead insert any other noun - for instance - let' try Imans - Wow again -or Human Right Lawyers -or Gay Right Activists and then ask yourself what would the BBC have done if Packenham  had used such language to describe one of these groups -would they have:

a) Announced an enquiry and called him in to explain his actions prior to forcing him to make a grovelling apology

b) Sacked him on the spot for having grossly insulted a group of people and having demonstrated total ignorance  of the way of life of the very people he was meant to be making programmes about.

c) Done absolutely nothing -because -you know -basically - Chris has justifiably reflected the views of the Metropolitan elite - and hey -that's us.