Farewell not only to Jezza ...
But the Blair ship sailed long ago, even though, yes, New Labour did some good things for the less well-off, families, the NHS and the disabled. We should not forget that, nor that it is better for Labour to be in power in whatever form, than for it to be out of power. But things could have been so different, had the Labour movement come together behind Jeremy Corbyn. Instead, too many of those who benefited from office did not.
Last December, we had the grotesque spectacle of Ian Austin, a talentless, loud-mouthed creep who had achieved precisely nothing as an MP, joining with the Tories to inflict as much damage on the party that had given him its support as he could. It was the action of the lowest of the low. But Austin was not alone. And he will not be alone in ignoring the millions of victims of austerity as he counts his pile of newly acquired wealth.
... but also to Laura Alvárez
And in a rare media outing, Corbyn’s wife Laura Alvárez (it’s pronounced L-OW-ra, not L-OR-a) has told “It has been incredibly hard for me to watch my husband vilified and to hear his words twisted by his political opponents and some in the media. It has been even harder to watch him be attacked by his own Party. The brutal irony is that if we had pulled together, we would have been ready to lead the country rather than suffer more austerity under the Tories”. Her regret is as deep as it is sincere.
“My greatest wish ahead of the 2017 general election was that the party would stay together so that we could beat them. Unfortunately, my wish was not granted and I will forever think of that lost moment when we were so close to winning for the people of the United Kingdom”. But she wants the party’s supporters to know “I believe that the spring will come one day again with happiness, social justice and hope For The Many”.
Whoever succeeds Corbyn has a mountain to climb, and yet more sneering, worthless media nobodies pushing against them. Our free press is not fearless when it comes to the prospect of a Labour Government. Maybe they don’t speak for ordinary people after all.
Jeremy Corbyn did speak for them. It is a realisation that is slowly, but surely, dawning.
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