Here is Caro’s understanding of UK politics at the moment. I know nothing but neither does anybody else….
Labour was unelectable. Because they had a muppet in charge. The Lib Dem vote collapsed because they had a muppet in charge. The only real alternative was the Tories because although everybody hates them, they seemed to know what they were doing at least. North of the border, the nice mildly left social conscience vote jumped into bed with the Nats after only 34% of us had voted for independence a few months earlier.
Yvette or Liz
So now there is an election for the new leader of labour. Three were standing ….and I confess I had to look their names up because I don’t think anybody cares. (Yvette, Liz and Andy). Andy is a shiny bloke, like all politician nowadays. He looksd a bit posh and buffed up. Like he’s never cleaned out the cat litter tray in his life.
Liz or Yvette
At the last minute a fourth person joined the leadership battle after a last minute scrape round by the trade unions. Beardy was a rank outsider but he got late votes taking him up to 36 nominations, one more than was needed to qualify. 24 of them meant it, and the other 12 actually supported other candidates but voted for him to widen the field. One of them, Margaret Beckett, now describes herself as "moron" for doing it.
Andy Burnham (shiny)
So who is Beardy..briefly….
He’s Member of Parliament for Islington North Incumbent Assumed office 9 June 1983, 60% majority at the last election.
A member of the Socialist Campaign Group
The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Stop the War Coalition
Supports the renationalisation of railways
Introduction of a living wage
A higher rate of income tax for the wealthiest
Increase in corporation tax to fund public services such as free higher education
Served on the National Executive of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (and was arrested in 1984 for protesting outside South Africa House ...so was I actually)
Re Human Rights Issues he was once reportedly punched by the horrible slimy MP Robert Kilroy-Silk. (He denied it but there was a scuffle!)
Huge campaigner on animal rights issues
Signed motions calling for a ban on the importation of foie gras into the United Kingdom
Sponsored the motion opposing the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
People's Assembly Against Austerity
He rides a bicycle ( he doesn’t have a car)
He is teetotal
And a vegetarian.
He backed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons expressing admiration for Arsenal which was of the opinion that it is the best football team in the world.
He has been awarded Gandhi International Peace Award for his "consistent efforts over a 30-year Parliamentary career to uphold the Gandhian values of social justice and non‐violence.
He has won the Parliamentary "Beard of the Year Award" a record five times.
So after the usual TV debate nonsense where .. the four candidates Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall, it was beardy who ‘won’…. And his popularity keeps growing. The more people hear him, the more we like what we hear. Nobody is more surprised than he is. (which makes him more popular!). When he was personally attacked during a debate he just shrugged and said, smiling, ‘I don’t do personal, I just do politics.)
So what is happening now is that Labour MP’s are now attacking him and the more they do it – guess what? The more popular he gets. Just read this, quoted from a national paper….
“During the 2009 expenses scandal, “Beardy” was revealed as claiming one of the lowest amount of expenses of any Member of Parliament. In 2010 he claimed the smallest amount of all 650 MPs; in an interview with the Islington Gazette he said: "I am a parsimonious MP...I think we should claim what we need to run our offices and pay our staff but be careful because it's obviously public money...in a year, rent for the (constituency) office in Finsbury Park is about £12,000 to £14,000." He rents his constituency office from the Ethical Property Company. “
You can see why he’s unpopular with them, but popular with us.
It seems the Labour front line are terrified of one thing. Democracy.
The newspapers are having a field day. There is a chance, just a slim chance that a nice, committed, old, non shiny, bloke might get to lead one of the biggest political parties in the UK. And it will be interesting to see what happens to the Nat vote north of the border, if the General Election result was a revolt against the right rather than a vote for nationalism.
So ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jeremy Corbyn. I don’t care that he might not be right/correct. He’s a breath of fresh air. And no you can’t have him.
Caro 14 08 2015
Caro 14 08 2015