It has come to my attention that there are some conservatives, such as Toby Young, who believe that registering as a Labour party supporter and voting for Jeremy Corbyn is a spiffing thing to do. I will not be joining in this madcap scheme for two simple reasons – first, it is dishonest and second in the not so distant future we could be saying ‘Prime Minister Corbyn.’
There are three ways one can vote in the Labour leadership contest: as a Labour party member, as a member of an affiliated organisation such as a trade union, or as a registered supporter. It is by using the registered supporter scheme and paying the one off fee of £3 that most Tories are using.
I admire Toby Young for the work he has done for the conservative cause but I must say I disagree with this plot. It is simply dishonest.
Young has said that he declared on the on-line form that his reasons for registering were “to consign Labour to electoral oblivion” and as such he is not being dishonest. However on the first page, after entering your e-mail address, the form states and you are therefore declaring that “I support the aims and values of the Labour Party, and I am not a supporter of any organisation opposed to it.”
So if you do not “support the aims and values of the Labour Party”, then you should not become a registered supporter and vote in the Labour leadership election. To do so as a Tory is dishonest.
Ah – but this is politics, you say, and all is fair in love and war and politics. It’s “an effective political weapon”, screams the headline on Toby Young’s piece.
Fine, I am sure it is “an effective political weapon” but if this is what we are doing, do not be surprised if ordinary members of the public disengage with the political process because they perceive many in politics (and the media) to be dishonest. Do not bemoan this disengagement if you are in fact also behaving dishonestly.
The second reason conservatives should not for Corbyn is that he might end up as Prime Minister. Rod Liddle explained this over at the Spectator. This is not a risk worth taking.