Today is the 39th anniversary of the murder of the man who composed what’s long become my own personal anthem, however when I think of Jeremy Corbyn & John Lennon songs it’s not Working Class Hero which comes to mind but the song Imagine, with lyrics such as “No need for greed or hunger” & “Imagine all the people sharing all the world” Imagine really does seem to reflect Corbyn’s vision for the world & yes you might think him a dreamer but he’s certainly not the only one.
Anytime I’ve heard Imagine over the past couple of years, I’ve immediately thought all of which Jeremy Corbyn has spent a lifetime campaigning for, so much so it I pretty much started thinking it was Jeremy Corbyn who composed & sung Imagine & forgetting that it was in fact John Lennon who did. I obviously can’t say for sure if John Lennon was alive today he’d have been supportive of Jeremy Corbyn but knowing all I know about John Lennon & considering the radical politics he was involved with in the 60s/70s there’s good chance might have, what I can say with absolute certainty is even Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t win the General Election this coming Thursday he’s won the argument.
Oh sure we all know it’s utter bullshit that the Tories will follow through when it comes to investing billions in public services if they win GE2019, but just the fact the Tories are pledging to invest billions in health & education & policing, that alone is an admission by the Tories they’ve lost the argument when it comes to austerity & it’s been Jeremy Corbyn who’s spearheaded the argument against austerity.
Though Jeremy Corbyn & Labour might have won the argument when comes to austerity, the issue might now be if the Tories do win this coming Thursday & do shake the magic money tree when it will only be in an effort to placate the middle-classes, in other words money won’t be invested where it’s most desperately needed, we’ll still have more foodbanks then branches of McDonalds, we’ll still have record numbers sleeping rough on the streets of Britain, we’ll still have Universal Credit contributing to killing off the most vulnerable. The only way to ensure money is invested where it ought to be invested to prevent people from going hungry & homelessness is to get Labour elected to government this coming Thursday, but everybody already seems way busy writing Labour’s GE2019 obituary.
Remember GE2017 when pretty much universally all self-important political pundits in the mainstream news media were all with their arrogant smugness writing off Labour, busying themselves compiling obituaries & autopsies about Labour’s inevitable battering at the ballot box long before election day, yeah & come election day they weren’t expecting Labour to increase it’s number of seats & in doing so winning parliamentary seats in places where Labour hadn’t previously won parliamentary seats. Right now we are pretty much at the same point we were with GE2017 & again all the self-important Westminster-bubble dwelling political pundits in the mainstream news media with their smug arrogance are already busying themselves penning obituaries & autopsies regards Labour’s hefty defeat this Thursday, despite the fact that Labour have closed the gap on the Tories in opinion polls published over the past few days & if the reflection of things tightening electorally in those opinion polls is at all accurate then we are in hung parliamentary territory thus it’s likely GE2019 could still result in there being some kind of Labour/SNP coalition government.
All I’ve heard from political pundits in the mainstream news media over the past few days is will Jeremy Corbyn resign as Labour leader immediately after Labour’s crushing defeat on Thursday & how will a John McDonnell leadership be different & will he be grooming Rebecca Long-Bailey to take over as leader if he’s only to be an interim leader, it’s not as if I think John McDonnell wouldn’t make a good Labour leader but hey the election ain’t happened yet & you’re a fool to seriously predict with certainty it’s outcome, you’d have thought political pundits in the mainstream news media would have learnt this from GE2017.
If sadly Labour do lose the General Election on Thursday then at least Jeremy Corbyn can step down from the leadership of the party knowing he’s forever changed the party for the better. Yet another argument Corbyn won was with the Labour Party itself, seems a lifetime ago the party was mired by the dogma of Blairite Toryism, but Corbyn won the argument with his election as party leader & from that moment on with the direction in which he has steered Labour, jettisoning mediocrity of Blairite Toryism & reigniting Labour’s socialist fire, ensuring the party no longer attempts to mimic the Tories & run scared from any association with the term socialism in attempting to win power but instead with fanfare proudly heralding Labour is a socialist party offering upfront honest socialist solutions. I somehow can’t see in defeat Labour will once again be resorting back to thinking the only way they’ll ever win power is to mimic the Tories no matter how much the party might hiss & whine about doing so, because Labour is definitely no longer their party & the majority of the party don’t want Labour to be that party, the majority of the party membership are now those who’ve been inspired by Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist vision is possible & will want Labour to continue in offering an alternative to the Tories which is steadfastly socialist.