Cometh the hour, cometh the man. All eyes are Boris at the moment, but should they really should be on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party? With the Leave side now finally having a credible leader who can appeal to the undecideds and therefore with a good chance of winning, Corbyn has little to lose and everything to gain by throwing in his lot with the Leavers.
It would galvanise Momentum. His effective Praetorian guard both inside and outside the Labour Party, the associated Trots, Communists and revolutionary socialists now infiltrating Labour wholesale have long believed that the EU is a banker’s plot. Whatever you think of such people, they were proved spectacularly right in a way that even their most lurid predictions could not have imagined, with entire countries being destroyed in order to bail out the banks.
- It would further demoralise the Blairites. And if Leave won Tony Blair would never, ever be President of Europe. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
- It would partially neutralise the Ukip threat. Labour is very dangerously estranged from its base on the issue of immigration. For the next four months it will be a subject hardly ever be out of the news, with Ukip firmly on the side of the British working class, and as things stand the Labour Party against it.
- It would give a rare chance of victory over a class enemy. An eternal favourite of the Hard Left, of course, and with their insufferable air of smug superiority David Cameron and George Osborne are class enemies straight out of central casting. Yes, opting to back Leave would mean throwing their lot in with Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, but those two gentlemen are simply too affable to be portrayed convincingly as Victorian factory owners grinding their boots into the face of the poor the way Cameron and Osborne can. Beside, George Galloway has already detoxified the Leave campaign in that respect.
- It would neutralise the threat of George Galloway. A fiery demagogue in the Ian Paisley oratorical tradition, Galloway has vastly more charisma than Corbyn and could perhaps be a potential competitor for the Hard Left’s affections, especially if he manages to rejoin the Labour Party.
- It would be in line with Labour’s great Eurosceptic tradition. Far from splitting the party, Corbyn can draw attention to Labour’s noble tradition of pre-Kinnock mark II principled Euroscepticism, one shared by all wings of the party: Gaitskell, Benn, Shore, Foot, Castle, to name but a few. Yes, he will still face accusations of betraying the international socialist brotherhood of man, but he can always tell the comrades he believes in achieving Socialism In One Country (copyright J. Stalin) first before exporting utopia elsewhere.
- He can use the ongoing TTIP negotiations as the perfect excuse for another change of heart. TTIP is absolutely hated by many in the Labour movement, who view it as yet another corporatist front for the takeover of public services. At some suitable juncture, Corbyn can champion saving the NHS from TTIP’s clutches as the perfect excuse for a volte-face and become an instant hero to Labour supporters in the process.
True, the presence of Corbyn backing Leave would repel some people, but if Labour campaigned on an anti-TTIP agenda that would swing a great many working class undecided voters behind it. Secondly, the vast majority of Labour and Tory activists would find themselves campaigning for Leave side by side almost unopposed on the doorsteps.
I doubt any of us ultimately wish Corbyn and his ilk well, of course, but until we get our country back, domestic politics matter little.
Come on, Jezza, you know it makes sense. Opt to leave.