Note To Anti-Corbyn MPs: Jeremy Corbyn Is Not Our Messiah. He Just Heeded Our Call For Change.

An extract from the Sunday Times in which anti-Corbyn MPs allegedly refer to Corbyn supporters as “faith based followers”  who are “off the page nuts” because we look upon Corbyn as a “Christ-like figure” is doing the rounds on social media, and I’d like to share my thoughts about it.

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Firstly, any MP who made these remarks should have the courage of their convictions and put their name to them. Not to do so is weak and cowardly. Though I can understand why they wouldn’t want to, and I’m not talking about fear of reprisals from Corbyn’s backers. These remarks say a lot more about the MPs who made them than they do about Corbyn’s supporters, and they should be ashamed of themselves for making them, or even thinking them. Of course a journalist may have made it up, except we all know anti-Corbyn MPs hold us in contempt so I am going to give the journalist the benefit of the doubt and treat it as truth. And staying on the subject of truths, any MP who dismisses our movement as a cult, with Corbyn as a Christ-like figure at its head, is either blind to some fundamental truths, in denial over their own failings or both. So let me have a stab at enlightening them.

The moment the right wing of the party hijacked the leadership campaign after we lost the last General Election, was the moment socialists in the party said ‘enough is enough.’ A petition was created (see screenshot below) by ordinary Labour members, of whom I was one, calling for an anti-austerity candidate to stand in the leadership contest.

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We were not calling for Corbyn, or anyone specific to stand. We were not looking for a ‘Christ’ to follow. We were simply in despair over the leadership candidates on offer; none of whom were prepared to stand up to cruel and needless Tory austerity.
Jeremy Corbyn just happened to be the MP who answered our call. The fact Corbyn supporters admire him for his integrity, principles and honesty, does not make him our Christ or us his devoted disciples.

The truth is we have had no reason to turn against Jeremy. This first year of leadership has been incredibly trying and stressful – largely due to those who have resented Corbyn’s leadership from day one – and Jeremy has borne that stress with dignity and determination which makes us admire him more. His response to the coup has made it clear where his loyalties lie, which has cemented the loyalty we feel toward him. We are very aware he is human and has, and will make mistakes, but he has changed the direction of the party and put intense pressure on the Tories which has led to U-Turn after U-Turn. That was the leadership we were crying out for and Jeremy has delivered. He has set the weather rather than following it. Labour is now a signpost rather than a weathercock.

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And we have had electoral successes. In this first year of Corbyn’s leadership, we won every by-election we contested, every mayoralty, and our vote share in the local elections increased by 8% from the General Election. In tandem with these successes our polling figures were on the ascendancy.

These MPs need to be honest with themselves. It’s not us with the cult like obsession over Corbyn. They are the ones with the obsession; an obsession which is wholly negative in nature. It seems no matter how well we do as an opposition under Corbyn, they want to see Corbyn and our movement destroyed. It is not his purported unelectablity that drives them; quite the opposite. They are terrified we can win a GE under Jeremy. Consequently they engage in sabotage every chance they get. That’s why these MPs have been trashing Jeremy and his leadership on a loop for the past year. And their sabotage has paid off. We have fallen so far behind in the polls since their coup, the Snowden we had to scale has become a truly daunting Everest. The damage may never be repaired and it may even cost us the next General Election. Yet they have the audacity to blame Corbyn for our current dire polling.

Unfortunately for them we are not the glazed eyed cultist nutters they like to paint us as, and we see through their transparent schemes and plots.
We blame them for the damage done to our electoral chances and rightfully so. We will not reward their sabotage by turning on Corbyn and booting him out.
What we will do is stand up for Corbyn’s leadership because right now, it’s the only thing that’s stopping politics from returning to the homogenous, uninspiring mush of just over a year ago.

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14 comments

  1. Mike Comerford · October 23, 2016

    Thank you Chelley for another excellent piece.

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  2. Nikki Scambler · October 23, 2016

    Couldn’t agree more. Frankly the Westminster bubble has become so far removed from the reality of the general population, that they have no idea why people have been so disenfranchised. That Labour has not been an effective opposition to the Tories for years and has literally become another version of the same. Like the deluded Emporer with the invisible clothes, Progress/Saving Labour et al don’t seem to realise that their actions are visible and abhorrent. Once the blinkers are off, you can’t un-see the reality of what Labour had become. Corbyn is the anti-dote and we aren’t giving him up

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  3. Maria c · October 23, 2016

    Best article I have read on the whole Corbyn Fllowers debate. This should be compulsory reading for event Labour MP, political and news editor in the media.
    Oh and a few members of my community!

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  4. Mark Catlin · October 23, 2016

    Reblogged this on Declaration Of Opinion and commented:
    Well said………

    Liked by 1 person

  5. iconoclasticnan1 · October 23, 2016
  6. Dominique · October 24, 2016

    Superb blog Chelley – very well done!

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  7. Pat Marie · October 24, 2016

    I am a 68 year old retired bank branch manager who joined the Labour Party because of Jeremy Corbyn for the reasons you have stated. I’m not a nutter looking for a messiah, just an ordinary mother and grandmother worried about the future for my family. I saw in Jeremy Corbyn an honest man who actually cares about EVERYONE as do several others on the party. He is just a man, but a decent, honest man with brilliant policies that will actually make our society better if given the chance. What is crazy about that?

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  8. Janet Marks · October 24, 2016

    Thanks Chelley – I’m getting so riled when every day I read about the crises in the country ranging from the destruction of the NHS, the deaths and cruelties of the DWP, the rising homelessness and shortage of affordable housing, the profiteering businessmen taking over academies, outsourcing of services to G4S, Capita, Serco etc., and all these MPs can do is attack their own leader and party members. And behind all this internal fighting is the ghostly presence of Progress. It is they who don’t want Labour to win and this article in the Times (Murdoch owned) proves it beyond doubt.

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  9. Piers · October 24, 2016

    I’m not a labour party member or even labour voter so I have no problem with Jeremy’s incredibly poor ratings. I have no problem with him blaming everyone but himself. I have no problem with his ill temper when questioned. His lacklustre campaigning on the EU. Or his total inability to lead his party. I just find it quite amusing how his followers refuse to accept the evidence in front of them.

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  10. hirsutemal · October 24, 2016

    Reblogged this on MAL's MURMURINGS.

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  11. Jeffrey · October 24, 2016

    Despite Neoliberal economic policies being completely discredited internationally our Government continues to cut social benefit and increase Corporate benefits. I volunteer at a Foodbank. Over a million meals were provided for children by foodbanks last year. Some are comfortable with that. More and more are not. I joined the Labour Party because it was in the process of rediscovering its direction. Many in the PLP would have been too Right Wing to have been in a Heath cabinet. The political conversation has begun to have a left wing element again – mostly Corbyn’s doing. We need MPs like the lions who created the NHS and the welfare state despite a greater national debt (in proportion to GDP) than now. Instead, too many are on the Corporate bandwagon. Corbyn stands out against the backdrop of these bought MPs, as do many younger shadow cabinet MPs one of whom may well succeed him. It’s not about Corbyn. It’s about the desperate plight of millions of our fellow citizens and the bleak prospects for many more.

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  13. Sid · October 25, 2016

    Reblogged this on Sid's Blog and commented:
    I don’t see Corbyn as a Cult Leader, either
    Mischievous RW portray him like that>>>>>

    (: …Will you please listen? I’m not the Messiah! Do you understand? Honestly!
    : Only the true Messiah denies his divinity!)

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  14. nld01 · October 25, 2016

    Reblogged this on Nathan Lee Davies.

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