Jeremy Corbyn’s performance at the UK General Election 2017 confounded pretty nearly everyone. A man that has always been on the fringes of his party, he has had the kitchen sink of jibes and scorn poured upon him from all sides, including those in his own party, since he became leader.
The British love an underdog, the Davids to the Goliaths of this world. The British don’t take kindly to winners. They like to see a virtual unknown come from nowhere to take the spoils. It’s the same in sport, in fact any competition in these islands where the unfancied largely get forgotten about.
It was the same up until 10 pm last night. I didn’t think that Mr. Corbyn would even register a mild tremor on the landscape of British politics. Not for one minute did I think that the groundswell of support would grow and grow and seat after seat went a shade of red, as did those heaping scorn on Mr. Corbyn. Their faces must be as red as the Labour rose. Never write people off. It is the most obvious British trait to do, but to watch somebody overcome the odds to improve out of all recognition is an amazing achievement.
I love that spirit he showed, the same with all underdogs, to battle all adversity and come through with integrity and dignity enhanced. That takes some doing. Mr. Corbyn’s speech at his count in Islington showed a man with a jaunty spring in his step, and with a slight hint of embarrassment and humility in his demeanour to boot.
It’s true that Jeremy Corbyn didn’t win. Another election could see some more seismic happenings. But is it beginner’s luck? Or something more planned and calculated. Something happened last night that propagated one of the most remarkable General Elections I’ve ever seen. I’d love to know what. I think we all do. Only Mr. Corbyn knows the answer. He’ll tell us in time.
There’s a phrase “Every dog has it’s day”. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not very enthused by the Corbyn factor. But I am enthused how he has got the public talking about politics again after several years of ennui and dreariness. That takes some doing. To turn around a 20 point deficit to narrow it down to a 2 point deficit shows that new found enthusiasm. Will it wear off? Only time will tell.
Allen Brooks xx