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Readers’ comment special: Corbyn and May, the mad mediocrities


Robert James’s article in TCW yesterday, Jeremy in the People’s Republic of Wonderland, drew so many comments that we are highlighting a selection.

James Chilton wrote:

On the ‘right’ we have Theresa May; on the far left, we have Corbyn. That British politics is reduced to a contest between these two mediocrities shows what a state we’re in. Whether UKIP can ever become a realistic ‘third way’ is very doubtful – given our FPTP electoral system.

Something more drastic than reform, and less destructive than revolution is required, but what?

ibnezraster wrote:

Oh dear. The Spectator deemed the Labour Conference a success. We no longer inhabit a rational world but an emotitist one, hence Theresa May’s mad obsession with the NI border and accepting the Barnier blackmail of the EU stoking the fires of sectarian warfare. She is no more rational than Corbyn, but he is a far better orator, their content is equally banal and no one believes either politician. She created him as electable in her snap election. Labour went down well in the country for all their communist madness and incoherence, maybe it helped mask their Stalinist agenda. This was not a political disaster for Labour at all.

Gloria Hole wrote:

This article is hate speech and transphobic, bordering on being literally Hitler. Comrade McDonnell and the glorious party of Labour fully costed all their £1trillion+ spending commitments.

Basically, all companies currently in the UK will want to pay more than double in corporation tax under Labour because all the workers will want to work harder for less pay because they will get a £500 bonus annually. Productivity will go through the roof because orders will come flooding in from countries happy to buy more knowing they are buying from communists.

This is simple economics.

weirdvisions replied:

Shhhh. If Diane Abbott and Comrade Corbyn read this they might take it seriously.

shirley versace wrote:

Give Globalist Corporatism free rein, and when misery and despair stalks the land, offer them de facto full-strength Communism as the solution, when in fact it is the lack of genuine capitalism (the removal of risk from the banks balance sheet) that is the root of the problem.
Stalin described Communism as state corporatism. This is also a definition that Mussolini used to describe fascism. Thus we can see that what we have in the West today . . . and the underlying cause of our problems is not actually too much capitalism, but the fact that we don’t have capitalism at all . . . what we have is Global Corporatism, aka Communism (China) aka soft-fascism USA, UK etc, technically speaking. I know these are lurid and emotive terms, but I’m just describing things as they actually are.

Colonel Mustard wrote:

Corbyn is off to see Barnier today. Disgusting that Barnier, as negotiator for the EU supposed to be negotiating with the UK government, should agree to see the mischief-making leader of the opposition, but typical of the skulduggery that has tainted the whole Brexit process.

Corbyn and his followers were dripping with hubris yesterday, after the ‘triumph’ of their love-in conference, in their little minds already in power, which of course is the only real thing on their agenda.

May should tell the EU that she will no longer negotiate with Barnier as his integrity is in question and she should make a government announcement formally censuring Corbyn as an Enemy of the People.

Norman E Elliott wrote:

I had to laugh when the BBC gleefully reported that ‘many’ people wanted a bigger State. What, it is already 47 per cent of our economy, sucking the life blood of profits, income and reinvestment into an unfunded liability of commitments, and that is not enough? I am struck, yet again, by the complete economic ignorance, or maybe just plain ignorance, of these ‘many’ people.

rick hamilton wrote:

Wedgwood Benn, with no experience or understanding of business or industry, was also put in charge of industrial policy. It was he who forced the unnecessary merger of British Motor Holdings and Leyland Motors, in the belief that bigger was always better. In the end it destroyed both companies, together with the accumulated experience of thousands of people which was thrown away or handed over to foreign ownership for peanuts. Labour can’t wreck our manufacturing now because it’s mostly foreign owned, but they can and will drive it away and wreck financial services into the bargain.

David wrote:

The phrase ‘chimps’ tea party’ gave me a chuckle. But the rest of the article portrays a frightening possibility. I lay the blame for all this at the feet of a deeply dysfunctional Conservative Party that lost its way decades ago. That now hollow shell of a party has forgotten true conservatism and hasn’t a clue how to persuade the majority that conservatism is the best course for us all to follow, and through it to prosper towards a better, more satisfying life. Until genuine conservatism is remembered, understood, believed and offered to the people, semi-demagogues like Corbyn will continue being a threat to all that is good, just and wholesome.

DespiteBrexit wrote:

And yet, and yet. The Conservatives have proved so corrupt, complacent, cynical, cowardly and – in people like May and Hammond – utterly incompetent, that my money is on Corbyn walking into No 10. And he may not have to wait until 2022.

rapscallion wrote:

‘I half expected someone to get carried away and start waxing lyrical about the cultural revolution, the famines, the show trials and prison camps. Perhaps I exaggerate.’

Er, or perhaps not. Socially inept, workshy and bitter followers would happily implement that.

‘Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities’ – Voltaire

youhavenewmail wrote:

Two sentences from President Donald J Trump’s speech to the UN should be daily drilled into Jeremy Corbyn:

‘Socialism’s thirst for power leads to expansion, incursion, and oppression. All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.’…

Old Tommer wrote:

Labour party conference:

‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.
‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’
‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.
‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’

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