Jeremy Corbyn has been nominated to stand for Labour leadership, the greatest poison chalice of our time. He won't win of course, this is just an exercise in Labour trying to appeal to disenfranchised supporters in the wake of their rabid, post-election, right wing frenzy as the prospective leaders attempted to outdo each other in their love of Big Business. A shameful and wretched display.
Curiously the Tories seem to have a Twitter campaign going to support him.
You might think this is because they think he's a risible old socialist who's values will clearly further doom us all. Further? Labour, in government, weren't remotely socialist. Yet the Tories can't wrap their head around this and so we had the disgraceful spectacle of the red top press hysterically trying to portray hapless Ed Milliband as the Red Menace, in league with Lucifer's own, Nicola Sturgeon. In response Miliband rolled over and gave the Tories the key to the door by proclaiming he'd rather lose the election than ally with the SNP!
There's nothing socialist about labour, but in this right wing ideological shitmire anything to the left of the Tory position, even by the merest hair's breadth, is seen as screaming loony left Michael Foot-ina-donkey-jacket-on-the-picket-line socialist. Kelvin MacKenzie (that well known philanthropist) proclaimed, after the 2010 election, that we've had 13 years of socialism. How can these people say this with a straight face; do they even believe their own words?
I suspect that the Tories would rather someone like Corbyn, because they fervently and fundamentally believe his values are utterly anathema to what the people want (despite their mandate being predicated on a quarter of the electorate). Rather him than another Red Tory, like Andy Burnham or the awful Liz Kendall. I suspect they feel more threatened by the latter than the former knowing that their majority isn't rock solid and that Labour has strong support in the cities and the north.
Ironically it's the politics of someone like Jeremy Corbyn that Labour desperately needs. Another five years of a lightweight carbon copy of the Tories, even if slightly softer, is not good enough.