When people become disillusioned with mainstream politics, they venture to the fringe – and there’s a reason why it’s the fringe. Either those there, as in the case of the Lib Dems, have massively disappointed the masses prior to a ‘comeback’ or, as in the case of the Brexit Party, they’re hurried, rough and gaining momentum. It’s this angular, spiky edge that’s their charm so while the EU elections have revealed a widening chasm over our future with the EU, they have reflected the ineptitude of mainstream politics in a sense unparalleled since Mr. Clegg’s hiking tuition fees. Remember that? I bet.
Today, I and my best pal (accompanied by her younger sister, fresh on the ship sailing towards pre-pubescent, to-be secondary school students) took a stroll through the West End. Buckingham Palace, bookended by decorative gates and a quartet of thickly-clad cavaliers signalled our departure towards Pall Mall. How ironic – I found myself, alongside two young, strong-willed ladies of Jamaican heritage strolling through signposts, adorned with the flags of the country’s Commonwealth brothers, that did much to remind me of the contemporary appeal of collectivism and multiculturalism. Even in such a hostile atmosphere as this, it remains ever amusing that even a hill-William’s hardy ignorance can be shattered by a well-timed blink. Maybe that’s why he’s so keen on safekeeping it…
I digress. Here, I want to talk about Corbyn so you proto-socialists, while I implore you not to turn away (I won’t stop you), try to keep an open mind – and keep the tissues at the ready should Mr Jones’ mascara run. But in all, with this man it almost seems like an inferiority complex, one which has risen to prominence since the EU election results. There are a number of current and former Labour MPs who are on record as stating their votes had gone to the Liberal Democrats rather than the roost, and this has ruffled a few feathers. Most notably, Alastair Campbell, former Director of Communications and Strategy under Tony Blair (I do hope you remember him) has been expelled from the party for confessing his ‘treasonous’ actions. So, what is Corbyn trying to prove?
Is he espousing tradition? It’s said an MP must vote for his own party, but is it as simple as that? If politics is so black and white as to suggest that any well-minded, independent thinker must suppress their logic (which is to reason, as pointed out by Brian Griffin some years back), why have we come to this point? Chief Redman has endlessly denounced the Tories for their lack of conciliation, a fervent inability to decide on an effective Withdrawal Agreement – yet, this proves they’re comfortable enough to express their reservations in the confines of their own party. So is Corbyn attempting to reaffirm his influence – clearly waning due to a wavering stance on Brexit – or pursue any whom he sees as a threat? To ostracise himself further from those whose loyalty he needs, it’s not the sharpest move.
I’ll leave it there. I’m cutting it short this week because the EU elections have coincided with my broken toe. That’s had a distracting effect, and there’s little to comfort me in the ichorous state of current affairs, especially when I’m trying to don a pair of steel-capped boots. Just remember that Brexit will see us sweep 3 PMs in 3 years – in periods of instability, the underdog will rise and as ever, his bark is worse than his bite.