We are suspicious of ALL politicians these days; experience shapes us, as does the media – like it or not. So in my own estimation even Corbyn was suspect. But there is no better recommendation a man can have than spontaneous, savage, red-raw, spluttering contempt obvious among his enemies when he unexpectedly succeeds - and who those enemies are. Corbyn’s credentials are clearly sound.
Seeing the Obvious
In my own experience, having witnessed the rise of Bob Hawke in Australia from his Presidency of the ACTU in the late 1960s to become the Labor Prime Minister who would sublimate the social and socialist ideals of Labor to the cynical pragmatism of ‘electability’, I understood, on reflection, how it happened.
Hawke, not single-handedly, managed to alienate the grass roots support for unionism and the Labor Party, consolidate the subjugation of democracy to media manipulation and entrench the political divinity of self-interest. Concurrent with all this was the subtle deepening of holocaust sympathy and affiliation with Israel while maligning the Palestinian cause. But the worst legacy of people like Hawke is the low-life they elevate in their wake and leave behind to dominate the field after them; a pall over the hope of recovery.
Upon arrival in the UK in 1991 and seeking to discover the controversial significance of ‘Clause Four’ I soon began to realise I was experiencing a Déjà vu as Tony Blair would go on to become the Labour Prime Minister who would sublimate the social and socialist ideals of Labour to the cynical pragmatism of ‘electability’, not single-handedly alienate the grass roots support for unionism and the Labour Party and consolidate the subjugation of democracy to media manipulation, entrenching the political divinity of self-interest to a level of achievement second only to Margret Thatcher. All of this would culminate in the initiation of a deeply unpopular, illegal, aggressive, shockingly violent and immoral war for OIL that few would ever have imagined possible under a Labour watch – the poor and disadvantaged of a privileged nation murdering the poor and disadvantaged of an impoverished nation on behalf of and in the interests of Capital.
Meanwhile, back in Australia, Labor Party leaders were emphatically declaring ‘I am Not a Socialist’, selling out their comrades t the CIA or grovelling so ardently in the halls of Washington that even Republican Senators were moved to tearful emotion. Nowhere has there been a hint of the Australian solidarity and diplomatic support that ought to be due and is the legal right of Julian Assange; only asylum in Ecuador!!
The simple question Cui bono? answers so many other questions. The man who did so much to serve the interests of Israel by facilitating the destruction of Iraq now has a multi-million pound fortune and has gone on to occupy the most inappropriate of posts as Middle East Peace Envoy; all the while hyping up the spectre of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ and the ‘threat from Iran’. Meanwhile, in Britain, holocaust sympathy and affiliation with Israel are sacred cows while the lack of empathy with the Palestinian cause is matched only by the callous official attitude to Syrian refugees.
The key to understanding the rise of a man of the calibre of Blair to the pinnacle of Labour, the party of a class and values system with whom he has so little identification, almost certainly lies in the donations he was able to bring to the party from sources other than membership or Unions, a controversial subject in its own right and a donors’ list that is a who’s who of Zionism.I witnessed both of these cycles first-hand, living in the two countries, over a period of over 40 years from the time when Bob Hawke was being groomed for his role -though at the time it was not evident, only that the facts witnessed first-hand at the time became significant in hindsight - to the present day. The two had several characteristics in common, now as conspicuous as the influence of AIPAC on US politics. One was the manner in which the institutions of working peoples’ power were populated in the senior roles by people who were the cronies of Hawke and Blair in their wake. Hence the suspicion towards Corbyn; to people who are not insiders the who’s who of power within these institutions is not obvious. The standing of Corbyn is now quite evident, I believe.
Beginning of an Insurrection
They say that a parachutist’s 300th jump is his most dangerous; it is around this time that he is likely to become excessively confident, lax in risk-taking and likely to allow matters of ego and personal indulgence to override those of safety and sense. The tactical error of allowing Corbyn to run for the leadership was clearly made in the supremely arrogant assumption that if the Labour rank and file were not so thoroughly conditioned into willingness to sell their principled heroes down the river for the sake of ‘electability’ then he could simply be disposed of through the media mincer. There was not only the perverse indulgence to be had of watching subjugated inferiors squabble amongst themselves (so gratifying to the power elites) but also the prospect of a supposedly safe reinforcement of the public illusion of ‘Democracy’ and their own illusions of superiority. But it all appears to have gone horribly wrong.
Despite the arrogant self-confidence exhibited among the media (I recently heard BBC Radio 4 journalists speaking of Corbyn as a ‘rabbit in the headlights’ – expressed in the manner of people who would be expected to line up on a tyre and relish the thump) there is a strong sense of something supremely dynamic and unstoppable in the making; a process not unlike the bursting of a balloon or the collapse of a deception. A Labour Party with Corbyn at the fore may well be unstoppably electable.
Of course, after a lifetime of witnessing so much wanton destruction of the world, relentless harm to the common good and the flourishing growth of criminal corruption all in the service of self-indulgent, insatiable Capitalism – I’m rather hoping the parachute doesn’t open. Salvation often comes in an unexpected form.
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