Jeremy Corbyn has now reached the pinnacle of his political career. After a year or so of some of the most useless, bumbling and generally inept ‘leadership’ the latest ICM poll has revealed a remarkable conclusion: 28% of the electorate still support the Labour Party. With barely a serious policy announcement made since the comrades seized control of the party, the Tories completely unchallenged and with Corbyn still opposing his own party policy, more than one in four people say they will still vote Labour. Remarkable.
Less remarkable is the fact that the Tories now command 44% of the vote, some 16 points ahead of Labour; enough to give them a landslide majority whenever the next election takes place. In fact, the Tories now lead in every social group and Corbyn’s Labour lead only in Wales and with young people who are the least likely to vote.
Now, we must issue a health warning for opinion polls, especially since they’ve been wrong on a number of occasions, notably at the 2015 general election, but the health warning is not good news for Labour. Opinion polls have consistently overstated Labour support so Theresa May, arguably the weakest Tory leader for a generation, will win the next election, whenever it is, by a landslide.
I really mean it when I refer to this as the pinnacle of Corbyn’s career because things can only get worse from now on. Since he was re-elected, the parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) has accepted the result and allowed Corbyn to get on with the job. Unlike during his first year in charge, when MPs were reduced to desperation as they watched in horror Corbyn’s inability to do the job, they have kept quiet and guess what? Corbyn has been even worse. The latest collapse in the polls cannot be attributed to the PLP: it is down to Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and the rest of the toy town revolutionaries who are handing over the future of the country to the Tories.
An honourable man, plainly and painfully out of his depth in the top job, would stand aside in the interests of the party and, more importantly, the country, admitting that the interests of working people were more important and his. He must know the easy ride Theresa May and the Tories are having at the moment and it’s largely his fault. But on he goes, addressing rallies of his cult following who already agree with him, bathing in their adulation, trotting out simple slogans rather than addressing the huge complexities facing our country. The friend of Hamas, Hezbollah, the IRA and Fidel Castro is no friend of working people, throwing them under the bus whilst he satisfies his ego.
Labour cannot recover under Corbyn. The damage was done long ago, the electorate made their mind up about him within weeks of his election and he is more likely to lose even more support for Labour than build it.
I’ve said it before and now I’ll say it again: Corbyn must go.