Sunday, September 13, 2015

I welcome, on the whole, Jeremy Corbyn's election

As a Conservative I welcome, on the whole, Jeremy Corbyn's election as leader of the Labour Party.

I think it will be good for the Conservatives to have something concrete to define ourselves against.

I do not think he can win the 2020 election (but we could lose it, so we need to be careful, since a Corbyn government would not be part of our plan).

But since 1991 politics has been a mush of samey careerists chasing the same narrow band of marginal middle-ground "whatever" voters, and producing as a result a tame and deeply disappointing syndicalist-corporatist programme of "management" by a self-perpetuating elite that is indistinguishable one party from another.

Margaret Thatcher never won elections chasing the middle ground.

Einstein's theory of relativity tells us that all of the planets are necessary for each of them to stay in position - the gravitational influence of each is what keeps everything in place..  Take away Venus and the Earth will go spinning out of control.  Eliminate Mars and we fall into the Sun.

The same principle can be applied to politics.  A left-wing Labour party and an insurgent UKIP are both necessary to keep the Conservative party ideologically in the right place.  So with humility and with discretion, let us welcome the Corbyn ascendancy.

Michael Wilkinson:

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