Corbyn was on the BBC yesterday, talking about how the government spending money to get round the coronavirus was his idea first and that essentially the Tories are now just nicking his style. Of course he was – what else was Corbz going to do? The merry trickster, always sure he’s on the right side of history, even when there is circumstantial evidence to the contrary – we’ll miss him, won’t we? No, we won’t because for starters, it’s clear he’s going to hang around like a bad smell for years and years to come yet, trying to hurt Starmer’s attempts to resurrect the Labour Party as a serious political force with every crazy media appearance he can grab.
Yet whatever he does, he won’t be the leader of the opposition any longer and that will be a huge moment. Whatever one thinks of Starmer – and some say he’s dull, or that he’s more politically extreme than he wants centrists to believe – he isn’t Corbyn or anything like someone who normally hangs around with JC. He is credible, decent and smart – three qualities that you could never accuse Corbyn of possessing. Having the leadership of at least one of the two major parties filled with someone with these qualities will be a big turnaround in British politics, even against the backdrop of the unfolding crisis.
The two things that have struck me about the Corbyn farewell “victory lap” this week: one, the fact that they pushed ahead with it in pretty much the exact style they would have had the current crisis not been happening says a lot to me about the far left. Two, that Corbyn still displays no sense of taking any responsibility for having been leader of the Labour Party through two general election losses, the last one being a particularly brutal one. He shows no sympathy even for his fellow travellers or the poorest in society he says he is sure will be most negatively affected by continuing Tory governments. It’s not even a display of Ed Miliband-esque intellectual arrogance – he just can’t be wrong and that’s it. His God is the one true God; he is one of the designated leaders of the chosen people and there is no circumstance under which his God can be wrong. He shows no remorse or second guessing of what he could have done differently because he literally doesn’t know how to do that. In Corbyn’s world, if reality rejects you, then reality is at fault, not you.
Hopefully, this is the last thing I will ever write about Corbyn; I sincerely hope it is. He’s been as bad for the Labour Party and British politics in general as most sensible predicted back in 2015. Good riddance.
In a few weeks time, I have another book coming out. It’s called “Politics is Murder” and follows the tale of a woman named Charlotte working at a failing think tank who has got ahead in her career in a novel way – she is a serial killer. One day, the police turn up at her door and tell her she is a suspect in a murder – only thing is, it is one she had nothing to do with. The plot takes in Conservative Party conference, a plot against the Foreign Secretary and some gangsters while Charlotte tries to find out who is trying to frame her for a murder she didn’t commit.
Also: there is a subplot around the government trying to built a stupid bridge, which now seems a charming echo of a more innocent time!
It’s out on April 9th, but you can pre-order here: