The Corbyn delusion

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp is almost certainly correct when he says that Corbyn won’t win. The danger is that the goodies he’s dangling before voters will persuade the more credulous on the left to return to the British Labour fold – where good sheeple belong. They will vote for the rhetoric of rail re-nationalisation and tuition fee abolition because it makes them feel good to do so; not because there is any realistic hope of these things actually being delivered by a British government.

They will vote for British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) from sentiment, not sense. And in doing so they will undermine the SNP – the only party that can at least maintain a political environment in which progressive policies are a possibility.

They will vote for BLiS candidates telling themselves they’re voting for Corbyn, when the reality is that the candidate they’re voting for is vehemently opposed to everything Corbyn claims to stand for. And in doing so they will only give advantage to a viciously right wing Tory regime which has the ability to spin the slightest setback for the SNP as a triumph for British nationalism and a rout of the entire independence movement.

They will vote for BLiS candidates in dumb disregard of the realpolitik which dictates that, in an electoral contest which pits the SNP against the Tories, whatever weakens the former must inexorably strengthen the other. And in doing so they will hand the British nationalists the power they crave. Power which will be used to progress their ‘One Nation’ project, at horrendous cost to Scotland.

All of this the gullible on the left will do in the name of their ideological purity and a political fantasy. Somewhere deep inside, some of may realise that they are making a futile and potentially disastrous gesture. They know that they will lose. But, like moths to a flame, they are drawn to the warm glow of honourable defeat in preference to the chill of real-world politics.


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About Peter A Bell

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4 Responses to The Corbyn delusion

  1. Graham Fae Fawkirk says:

    The word ‘sheeple’ is a stupid, sneering America word (as is all verbiage coming out that country now), and is not helpful. If you want to try and persuade people to vote with you, you don’t insult them.

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    • Peter A Bell says:

      I find the term “sheeple” to be very apt. It is usefully descriptive. It conjures precisely the desired image. I’m not about to abandon it. And I’m certainly not going to stop using it out of anti-American prejudice.

      You don’t persuade people by simply nodding along with everything they say or do. If you think they’re wrong, what would be achieved by telling them they’re right out of a desire to avoid offending. I assume I am writing or an adult audience capable of coping with robust debate.

      For reasons that should be obvious to anyone who can discern the political situation in Scotland, it is absolutely crucial for the independence movement and the country that the SNP gets the maximum possible support at this time. If you think I’m going to remain silent when I suspect people might be about to do something that is bound to be detrimental to Scotland then you don’t know me at all.

      It is vital that anybody who is thinking of voting Labour because of the baubles being dangled by Corbyn be made aware of the consequences of such an action. This is not a time for mealy-mouthed platitudes. This is a time for hard-headed, grown-up politics.

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  2. Hugh Wallace says:

    I don’t much care for the word “sheeple” either but I care even less for those people who behave like sheep & then complain about how unfairly life treats them.

    All my life I’ve been accused of being idealistic when proposing ideas which would give more people a better quality of life but ultimately I’m a pragmatist who doesn’t care how things improve so long as they do for the vast majority. But that doesn’t mesh well with those who are of the puritanical left who only want to improve things for ordinarily people the ‘proper’ and ‘progressive’ way, whatever that means.

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