Social media does not represent the whole of the electorate, but it does play a pivotal part in politics. Recently, I have seen a large amount of UKIP supporters protesting at the way Jeremy Corbyn is being treated by the Labour Party and many have said they are now backing him because he is the only politician standing up to the Establishment.
Last week’s council by-elections were brilliant results for Labour, even in seats where the party came second or third the results showed huge swings to Labour to the expense of UKIP. Labour’s appalling treatment of Corbyn is actually strengthening his popularity and his campaign. People are very angry at the way Labour is treating him and now millionaire Labour donor Michael Foster is trying to keep Corbyn off the leadership ballot just because he is standing up for working class people and giving them a voice – ordinary people just like you and me.
This is yet another example of the rich using wealth, power and influence over the working class and this is why the Left is on the rise in Britain. Since the global economic downturn in 2008, ordinary working class people like you and me have been made to pay for the greed and corruption on behalf of the bankers and unscrupulous businesspeople. Millionaire Foster thinks he can use his power, wealth and influence to bully Corbyn and his supporters, most of whom are from working class backgrounds and this has made people very, very angry.
Just who the hell does Foster think he is? What gives him the right to stand in the way of democracy? Corbyn was elected almost a year ago with a huge mandate and received 59.5% of the vote, yet between them, Foster, Blairites and the Labour NEC have worked in collusion on behalf of the Establishment to undermine and destroy Corbyn’s leadership.
Politics is rapidly changing in post-Brexit Britain and Brexit supporters like me are angry that Theresa May is faffing around with Article 50 which is causing unnecessary delay to Brexit negotiations and damaging our economy. Corbyn, however, has repeatedly called for Article 50 to be put forward.
UKIP support has been falling since last year’s General Election and supporters are now turning to Corbyn. UKIP has achieved its goal in getting Britain out of the EU, Nigel Farage is gone and the party’s future is under scrutiny. UKIP supporters may well lend Corbyn their support, many of whom are ex-Labour supporters, because of the way he is being treated by the Labour Party and they also like John McDonnell’s economic policies which are anti-Establishment and pro-working class.
I recently posted a blog on the rise of the Left and how it will lead to a political revolution in Britain and I still stand by it. UKIP supporters are the latest to join Corbyn’s left-wing movement and I pay tribute to the UKIP Councillors across the country who have spoken out in defence of Corbyn and this includes my local UKIP branch in Thurrock.
There is talk of Labour splitting if Corbyn wins the Labour leadership. I hope Labour does split, let the Blairites leave so they can create their own Red Thatcherite party. They could call it Blue Labour. However, if Labour does split not all of the 172 MPs who recently cast a vote of no confidence in Corbyn’s leadership will leave Labour, most know where their bread is buttered and I predict that no more than 60 MPs will leave.
A new political party led by Blairites will be doomed to failure, as it will not prove popular in working class communities and certainly will not be welcome in Scotland. Forming a new party will be a huge risk and it will end very badly, but it will, at least, give Corbyn the opportunity to build a strong left-wing movement, devise a real Socialist manifesto that will benefit everyone and not just a few and put enthusiastic candidates in place ahead of the next General Election in 2020.
And while Corbyn does this, the Blairites’ new party will die a painful death and the vast majority of them will come crawling back to Labour – but they will not be welcome.