Jeremy Corbyn is a nice bloke. He cares about people, y’know? Sure, he’s associated with the IRA, Hamas, Black September and Hezbollah; but that was definitely more about peace than being an anti-Semite or an Occidentalist. All those other politicians are just fat cats who couldn’t give a toss about anyone. Corbyn cares, and he doesn’t play all those nasty and calculating games that other politicians, especially the Tories, like to play. The media are constantly trying to spin him because they and their rich Tory scum mates are afraid that he’ll get in to government and start helping people.
Sound familiar? This is the regular spiel you will hear if you call out Corbyn – a nice guy who just gets a hard time from the right-wing press. Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn blamed Local Authority expenditure cuts for the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The bodies were still fresh in the morgue, and we still have no real idea beyond speculation what started the fire and don’t know why it spread so quickly. Even so, Corbyn saw this as a good time to take a few pot-shots at the on-the-back-foot Tories, hijacking grief and anger in an attempt to translate it into votes. As he said, Labour is still on election footing, and he expects a general election to be called very soon. That would mean that top advisor Seamus Milne, still in full election mode, will have phoned Corbyn as soon as the tragedy hit the news, briefing him on how Labour should react. He must have known what he was doing, because it’s looking as if most people now relate this tragedy with the nasty Tories. He shoots, he scores.
The days after a tragedy are never the time for political discourse and opportunistic point scoring. It’s cheap, classless, and just a bit scummy. Politicians do it all the time, left or right, it doesn’t matter. Check the news after any terror attack, mass shooting, or accidental tragedy, and you can guarantee that a politician will be there; blaming someone or calling for radical change. Calling for change is all well and good, and quite often necessary, but let the dead be buried first at least. Basically, at the risk of sounding crude, don’t be a dick.
Protesters angry at the Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy face off against police in Central London.
When someone on the right in the hours or days following a terror attack uses it as an opportunity to attack Islam, the left are rightly angered by it. Jeremy Corbyn does the same thing, and the left blame the media for spinning it. This is where Corbyn’s genius, which we have all underestimated, comes in. See, he presents himself as caring above all else. When he wears his scruffy suits, and talks about is allotment, we start believing that he isn’t like all the others. The image he projects makes it so hard to believe that he could be able to play the cynical game of politics, even when he blatantly does. As well as that, Corbyn has access to droves of social media followers who will gladly spread and defend whatever he says across the country, straight to the phones of his target demographic. It’s genius, really. So, when Corbyn weaponises a tragedy, supports a terrorist organisation, or calls for the homes of wealthy people to be requisitioned as if they are to blame for the Grenfell tragedy, he’s still just a nice guy trying to challenge the messed-up system.
Funnily enough, Jeremy Corbyn is just another politician, not some challenge to the rotten establishment. His bottom line is getting elected. Maybe he wants to do that to help people, maybe not. That doesn’t matter; for the time being he is simply looking to win votes and implement his ideology. He scapegoats journalists for doing their jobs: looking through the bullshit and the spin and translating political Newspeak into English. An unfair media all fits his narrative of being the challenger to the status quo. ‘Nice, regular man who cares about people fights lying media and out of touch Tory fat cats refuses to play politics’. Of course, none of its true. Jeremy Corbyn comes from a very wealthy family. Jeremy Corbyn is more or less a career politician, knowing little more than the backbenches of The House of Commons. Jeremy Corbyn has openly supported and talked with terrorist organisations who bomb civilians, torture gays, and target Jews. The media just reports this, even though he always hides his statements in clouds of condolence and false care. He’s a man who wants something, and wearing a shabby blazer doesn’t change anything.
Theresa May can be partly blamed for being so incapable of looking caring, and also for seeming so arrogant. When Corbyn blamed the London Bridge attack on Tory cuts, she arrogantly brushed him off thinking it would back fire, rather than challenging his imposed narrative. Now, when Corbyn openly but carefully blames the Grenfell blaze on the Tories, she falters and fails to fight his narrative yet again. He turns up and talks to locals, and looks genuine even though he is using them all as an electoral poking stick. May refuses to meet locals and instead gives a statement from No. 10, playing directly into his hands. Social media has now spread this narrative far and wide, whilst the story that surfaced about the Labour Kensington MP being on the board of the management company responsible for Grenfell has fallen on deaf ears; drowned out by Corbyn’s social media army and well thought out press image. Now no one will point any fingers at the Kensington MP who was on the board, or any fingers at the Labour Mayor of London; even though he had a responsibility to regulate fire safety and building planning in his jurisdiction.
We all underestimated Corbyn going into the election, and we are continuing to do so. The silly man in a shoddy suit with the mad beliefs caused the Tories their majority and is currently the bookie’s favourite for next Prime Minister. He didn’t get there by accident. Whilst Theresa May and CCHQ are to blame for an uninspired campaign and piss-poor manifesto, Corbyn deserves some credit. Over the past year, with help from his closest aids, Corbyn has become a shrewd and intelligent political operator with a better than perceived grip on the media. He has created an image of kind opposition; a man with a dream and some lovely values. An image so strong, it clouds his policy an allows him to fight as dirty as any other politician with an eye on the front benches. Behind him stand an army of promoters armed with smartphones and Twitter, to spread that sanctimonious image of a man against those bastard Tories. Sure, he just shanghaied an awful tragedy to make his opponents look bad. But he seems nice enough, right? He’s not like all the others, Jeremy. He’s different.