It won’t have escaped anyone notice that labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been under fire, not least by his own colleagues, over the past couple of weeks. Corbyn isn’t a statesman they bleat. Corbyn doesn’t have any credibility, he is not a leader they complain. The truth is that many in the parliamentary labour party want a return to the Blair years, the years of “win at any and all cost.”
Blair cut out the heart of the Labour party by moving Labour to the right of the Thatcher Government. Neoliberal policies, favouring the bosses over the workers was the central core of Blair’s plan for Labour. It was Blair and Tony’s Crony’s who were largely responsible for me and many others losing faith in politics in general and in the Labour party in particular.
My cynicism led me to believe that Sir John Chilcott’s report into the Iraq war would prove to be yet another costly whitewash. I did the man a disservice. His report was a damning indictment of the Blair administration and he even went so far as to say that legal action against Blair and his cronies was not beyond the scope of possibility.
How the Labour rebels must have cringed today when Mr Corbyn handed them a lesson in statesmanship and humility. Corbyn’s statement made it clear where the blame lay. Firmly at the feet of the government he was part of. Corbyn has always been a fierce critic of the war in Iraq but he stood and apologised to the British people and more importantly to the families of everyone killed in this atrocity. Corbyn voted against the war and campaigned against it at every opportunity and yet he apologised on behalf of colleagues who took every opportunity to stab him in the back.
Corbyn was sincere, measured and dignified, his words heart-felt and genuine. Corbyn did not throw insults or accusations as many had expected. Corbyn had just three hours to assimilate Chilcott’s findings but compare his performance with Blair’s crocodile tears. Blair has had quite some time, arguably 13 years, to prepare for this moment. Corbyn had three hours.
I struggle desperately to recall an occasion where a politician performed with more decorum that Corbyn did today. I simply cannot remember one.
Corbyn does’t have what it takes to lead this country? Don’t make me laugh! #KeepCorbyn