Britain has suffered under the same type of Thatcherite/neoliberal government ever since May 1979. In recent months, the general public in Britain has been subjected by the mass media to what can only be called Corbynmania. I think now is the time to look into this phenomenon.
There was a similar phenomenon in 2010 called Cleggmania, named after the Liberal Democrats’ leader Nick Clegg. He was supposed to be the one who could change the whole political landscape of Britain, due to the predicted result that no single party would get a majority, dubbing him the “Kingmaker”. This meant that by giving his party’s support to either Labour or the Conservatives he could choose whether Gordon Brown or David Cameron would be Prime Minister. Everyone then expected real change, because the Lib Dems were committed, saying “If there’s a hung parliament, we will INSIST on proportional representation as the price of our support!”, but of course Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems were persuaded, blackmailed, or even brainwashed into dropping this demand in return for a place in a coalition government, the job of Deputy Prime Minister, ministerial posts, and having some of their more recent policies enacted, although of course not their original fundamental policy of proportional representation, or their more recent policy of abolishing benefit sanctions. A very damaging and dodgy scheme was the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, which could instead have been part of the coalition agreement, because it was designed just to prevent the Conservatives or the Lib Dems leaving the coalition and holding another election. It wasn’t even passed until September 2011, by which time the coalition government could easily have fallen apart. This act now makes it very difficult to hold general elections more often than five years apart. The end result of the coalition agreement was that Clegg and the Lib Dems were consigned to history.
Corbynmania seems to have been caused by the Labour Party’s pathetic new policy of selling leadership election votes to anyone willing to pay £3, as well as signing a declaration that they support the Labour Party’s aims and values, and that they’re not a member of any organisation opposed to the Labour Party. This was a recipe for unprecedented infiltration by members and supporters of other parties.
The Labour Party was projected by all general election 2015 opinion polls as running neck and neck with the Tories, which would have led to them being able to form a coalition government or a minority government, with support from other parties, such as the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the SDLP, the Greens, and possibly even the Lib Dems. I think we can safely assume that the general election was fixed, and that the real result was a hung parliament where Labour could have done a deal with the parties mentioned above, while the Conservatives could only have done a deal with the Lib Dems, UKIP, and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Proportional representation should then have been introduced, then there would have been another general election a few months later in 2015.
The current hysteria called Corbynmania is one way of distracting everyone from the fixed general election and persuading them to “move on”. Let’s look at a few facts. The mass media in general are all writing lots of stories about Jeremy Corbyn, some supportive, while others are totally anti. Jeremy Corbyn is either the saviour of the Labour Party who can make it socialist again, win a general election and abolish Thatcherism, or he’s going to destroy the Labour Party, make Labour unelectable, and lead to permanent Conservative government. He is allegedly being supported by lots of members of left wing parties such as the Greens, Left Unity, the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP), and the Socialist Party of England and Wales (formerly Militant Tendency), as well as Conservatives who want him to destroy the Labour Party.
As for me, I think that what will happen is roughly as follows. Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters keep talking about winning a general election set for 2020 under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. The problem is that by that time thousands or millions more people will probably die of eviction leading to suicide or homelessness (which is what I’m facing in November 2015), benefit sanctions, or being refused life saving medical treatment. The current Conservative government has a majority of only about 9, which so far doesn’t seem to have enabled them to do anything much. This will be reduced at By Elections, wiping out their majority altogether, long before 2020. After that happens, the general public, as well as MPs will be desperate for another general election, but unless the Fixed Term Parliaments Act is abolished, or TWO THIRDS of MPs vote for a general election, then no general election can be called. By 2020, Britain could have been turned into a massive slave labour camp under the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact) agreement.
The Labour Party is made up of three or four groups who have opposing views and actually hate each other. There are actual named groups such as the “hard left” Campaign Group, including Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the “soft left” Tribune Group, but I haven’t been able to find out the names of any of any other groups open only to Labour Party MPs. The right wing groups called the Progress Group, as well as Blue Labour, aren’t restricted to Labour Party MPs or members.
Recently, Jeremy Corbyn has had a lot of Thatcherite/neoliberal Labour MPs or members such as Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Peter Mandelson putting him down. They say his policies will make the Labour Party unelectable. They ignore the facts that the Labour Party has lost the last two general elections and that it can’t form a majority Labour only government without Scottish MPs.
What all of this means is that a reinvigorated, firmly socialist Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn can’t achieve what it says and can’t provide people with what we need. For that we need a new economic system, not just a new Leader of The Opposition!