As the Brexit tragedy rumbles on, it is fair to say that the greatest threat is, not Theresa May, but Jeremy Corbyn. Pretty much nobody in Scotland trusts May. All too many, however, continue to see Corbyn as some sort of saviour. Someone they can rely on. Someone worthy of their trust.
Quite why they imagine such a thing is a bit of a mystery to those of us who are not susceptible to the siren song of vacuous sloganeering passing itself of as coherent policy. Where those who crave the comfort of old partisan loyalties convince themselves they see principle and leadership, less credulous observers look at Corbyn absent the filter of desperate fascination and see only clumsy opportunism and a painfully contrived cult of anti-charisma.
Jeremy Corbyn stumbled onto the political stage with all the slapstick artlessness of Norman Wisdom. The media saw in his novelty some passing potential for titillation. Almost instinctively, the party spin-quacks applied the potions which lend ephemeral fame the more tractable substance of celebrity. Thus are British political leaders made. Carved from fog. Moulded of smoke. Blank sheets upon which can be sketched whatever character the moment requires.
People are fooled to the extent that they want to be fooled. And many of British Labour’s former camp-followers in Scotland, stressed by the complexities of constitutional politics and fearful of progressive change, desperately want a friendly (grand)father figure who will lead them back to the fold of the British two-party system. In common with the bulk of the mainstream media, they hunger for the easy comprehensibility of the faux rivalries between/among the British establishment parties and thirst for the reassuring simplicity of a politics which offers no meaningful choices.
Corbyn is the real threat because, where Theresa May threatens to bring Scotland into line with calculation and coercion, Corbyn tempts us with pretty promises and bids the biddable of Scotland follow as the fabled children of Hamelin followed the Pied Piper.
But the destination is the same. Whether by lash or lure, we end up in the same place. We give ourselves over to the British parties and Scotland ceases to be a nation and becomes instead a mere adjunct of a ‘One Nation’ Britain. A dark and dismal place where hope itself is suffocated.Views: 2833
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