“Surely,” goes the argument, “a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn would be better than any kind of Conservative government?” A natural reaction, given how much I loathe (present tense) Margaret Thatcher and will always dislike the Conservative Party. “You’d rather have a far left Labour government than any form of Tory government, surely?” Well, don’t call me Shirley. There is absolutely no way on earth I shall be voting Labour at the next general election if Jeremy Corbyn is still leader and if the party is still in the control of the hard left.

Corbyn is, and always has been, a hard Brexiter. He is from the Tony Benn wing of the Labour Party and whilst the Magic Grandpa does not possess the intellect of Benn, he certainly shares with him the simplistic slogans and empty rhetoric that made Viscount Stansgate so popular with the Toytown socialists. Last night, he confirmed that despite the overwhelming majority of Labour Party members being pro-Europe and in favour of a second referendum, he is determined to take us out of the EU. As usual in politics, the hard left always meets up with the hard right. Corbyn’s views on Brexit are little different from those of Nigel Farage.

The reasons for not voting Labour are mounting up, not least because of my very serious doubts about the leader. We all know that Corbyn is the friend of the IRA, Hamas and Hezbollah. We know about his wreath-laying in Tunisia to commemorate the lives of those who castrated Israelis athletes at the Olympic games in 1972. We know about his pacifism, his opposition to all military intervention. We know that he is a hard Brexiter. And it is becoming clear that Corbyn is an anti-Semite. Apart from that little lot, it is blindingly obvious that he lacks the qualities – any qualities – to be prime minister. With any half-decent Labour leader, I am sure that Theresa May would no longer be prime minister.

If Corbyn is Labour’s worst ever leader, then May is the country’s worst ever prime minister. She lies, she fails to answer questions, she obfuscates, she can’t make a decision, she’s weak, she’s indecisive. These are her qualities. Imagine her failings. Labour’s leader doesn’t oppose because he can’t. He’s a one trick pony, a one man protest speaker with zero by way of the qualities needed to run the country. Given that he is very obviously not up to the job, that he holds some very unpleasant views and that he is a hard Brexiter, how could I, a mainstream left of centre voter and former Labour member, vote for a Labour Party led by him? ‘Vote Corbyn because although he’s terrible, he’s better than May’ is not a slogan that would appeal to me.

None of this gives me any pleasure. Labour was always my natural home because of what it stood for. Fairness, equality, the NHS, dignity in old age and that kind of thing. I’ve voted Labour in every election since 1979. I won’t be voting Labour ever again with the comrades in charge.

I have learned over the years that the further left you go in politics, the closer you get to the far right and that in some areas the left in Labour is much closer to Ukip than it is to the mainstream left. Europe is just one example, but what an example. The defining issue of or age and the main party of opposition supports the hard Brexit of leaving the single market, the customs union and ending free movement for its own people as well as ghastly foreigners who sometimes have dark skin.

‘For the many, not the few’? Pull the other one, Magic Grandpa. A dinosaur of the past, punting nothing more than reheated Bennite nonsense, hoping for the collapse in capitalism a hard Brexit will bring about (he hopes) and so build socialism in one country. Sod that for a game of soldiers. I’ve always opposed extremes and I won’t be supporting an extreme political party today.