(Disclaimer: Do not interpret anything in this article as an injunction to throw rotten fruit, or anything else at Jeremy Corbyn.)
Why should I write anything more about Jeremy Corbyn in a conservative-oriented site? Surely Labour can be ignored?
Well, it is useful to know the enemy. And also there are some very strange things going on in UK politics at the moment that need interpretation.
We are living in very unusual times. The Leader of the Opposition has seen his party endure rock-bottom polling, an immediate exodus of the most experienced politicians from his shadow cabinet, a second wave of mass resignations by their replacements, a leadership challenge and disastrous personal poll ratings. Since he mishandled the Brexit Referendum by not actually taking part, Labour has been in a state of civil war.
In the post-referendum by-elections, excluding the one for poor Jo Cox’s seat, the results have been disastrous. One candidate lost his deposit, another scraped home after his Ukip challenger imploded. A seat that Labour has held for 80 years has been lost to the Conservatives. On the doorstep, the collapse in support was directly attributable to the Labour leader, who has as part of his ‘principles’ a long-standing opposition to civil nuclear power.
Had any party leader other than Jeremy Corbyn been in charge, they would have quit by July 2016 at the latest as their shadow ministers deserted them. Apparently, Corbyn has been approached to stand down since July on more than one occasion. He is still there. He is going nowhere.
What has to happen to Corbyn before he calls it a day on his leadership? Do people have to start throwing rotten fruit at him in public before he gets the message?
What, exactly, is going on?
A lot of people want Jeremy Corbyn no longer to be leader of the Labour Party. I have good news for them.
Jeremy Corbyn may not actually be leader of the Labour Party, and he may never have been.
Corbyn is a socialist of the Hard Left variety. They do not believe in individual leadership. They believe in collective decisions. Labour appears to be ‘led’ by a central committee. And this central committee seems to be run on Soviet lines.
To understand how Labour may be led right now, it is necessary to understand how the USSR was run. Fortunately, the CIA made a study of this, which is now in the public domain.
Entitled ‘The Politburo and Soviet Decision-Making‘ this formed part of the CIA’s CAESAR papers, which were analytic monographs and reference aids. This document, I believe, gives insight into how Corbyn ‘runs’ Labour as it appears similar to the function of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU).
“In theory the CPSU Politburo is a collegial body without a chairman and without any organisational structure. This is an obviously unworkable setup, and in practice this central Soviet decision-making body is organised into three basic parts: a de facto chairman; its members; and a small executive staff. Clearly the effectiveness of the Politburo as a policy-making body depends, in considerable part, in the inherent flexibility of this structure and its personalities.
An agreement to maintain the oligarchical sharing of power has been a fact of political life in the Politburo since Khrushchev’s overthrow in 1964, so that oligarchs have been continually embarrassed by the practical necessity to have someone take charge and steer the decision-making process, in order to get anything done. […] It is, therefore, considered bad form in Soviet Party etiquette to identify the General Secretary as chairman of the Politburo. To do so would enhance his prestige and power at the expense of his nominal powers in the collective leadership.”
There are good reasons to believe this is how Labour is being led. Corbyn has been elected leader by the members, but the actual leadership is being performed by a secret committee that he does not necessarily even chair. He is just the public figurehead because he happened to be the Left’s candidate when Labour’s membership decided to ditch the moderates.
Who is on this committee? How large is it? If it exists, the committee contains at least Diane Abbott and John McDonnell. It is possible that Emily Thornberry is on it as well as some non-voting MPs, such as Cat Smith and Richard Burgon as ‘candidate’ members. The ‘small executive staff’ would be members of Corbyn’s office, people like Karie Murphy and Seamus Milne. There have been purges. A number of Corbyn’s team have quit in the last year as a result of personality clashes and rivalries for influence in the collective body.
In a second blog, I will suggest further evidence for the existence of this Politburo. Remember, step away from the rotten fruit.
(Image: Funk Dooby)