Tory supporters and Corbyn detractors got a pretty nasty shock back on June 9th. They were certain their two-year campaign of slur had successfully derailed the Labour leader, and the election result was a foregone conclusion. As it happened, Jeremy Corbyn increased Labour’s share of the vote more than any leader of any party since Clement Attlee in 1945, at the end of the Second World War. And it cost the Tories their majority government.
Victory was not achieved… this time. But considering the incomprehensible odds stacked against Corbyn, and only weeks ago the entire mainstream were telling everyone he was a joke, the result was nothing short of a complete game-changer. Now the British people see how many do believe in him, eg: that his ‘diminishing’ was indeed unfounded and simply a campaign of slur, many many more will flock to his cause. They’ll start paying attention to what he says, rather than what everyone else has to say about him.
One thing’s for certain: the right-wing of Britain were shell-shocked in those subsequent days. Nobody knew what was going to happen. It seemed likely that Theresa May would show some dignity and/or honour, and step down. And that inevitably a new Tory leader would have to start being reasonable with at least one of the main UK centre-left parties in order to form a government. Some of us even dared hope that Brexit itself would be scuppered. I don’t think anybody predicted even Kim Jong May would stoop low enough to bribe a bunch of nutters in Northern Ireland with £1bn – but there’s seemingly no depths to which this government won’t sink.
Either way, briefly… for the teeniest and most beautiful of passing moments… the Tories and Ukippers shut their flipping cake-holes. Poisonous bile they’d formerly spewed everywhere about Jeremy Corbyn perhaps seemed rather pointless, all things considered. It clearly hadn’t worked anywhere near as successfully as intended. They instead turned their fire on Theresa May (and rightfully so).
One could have been forgiven for thinking they might try a different approach, now the dust has settled. Sadly not; it’s back to business as usual. Because Theresa May and the Tories don’t have a shred of dignity – attempting to carry on like nothing’s happened – the gutter tactics have resumed too.
The hashtag, “Shameless Jeremy Corbyn” has been unleashed on Twitter, allegedly by the right-wing press in the early hours of this morning. But it hasn’t turned out quite how the Tories and their social media/marketing teams had hoped.
This is what papers like The Express had in mind:
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) July 1, 2017
But… whoops. What it inspired was somewhat different:
The man who does not agree with old people freezing to death or having to sell their homes to pay for care.
"Shameless Jeremy Corbyn."
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) July 1, 2017
— MrMarauder (@Mr_Marauder) July 1, 2017
He relates to the suffering of others and tries hard to help them. He is the peoples' Prime Minister. Shameless Jeremy Corbyn. pic.twitter.com/M2Isw3GfA3
— ScouseGirl (Sarah) (@NameChangeGirl) July 1, 2017
Unashamed to stand on the right side of history, before the focus groups agreed. From Apartheid to Equal Marriage
"Shameless Jeremy Corbyn"
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) July 1, 2017
Shameless Jeremy Corbyn wants to make homes affordable for all. Disgraceful lunatic.
— Nelly Evans (@NellyEvans79) July 1, 2017
Shameless Jeremy Corbyn wants a £10 minimum wage pic.twitter.com/VrPypMJezn
— Melon (@MelonBush) July 1, 2017
"Shameless Jeremy Corbyn"
Condemns the killing of ALL lives lost in
Northern Ireland troubles……
— DW (@dalkey04) July 1, 2017
Shameless Jeremy Corbyn not wanting to take Motability cars from disabled people and injured ex-service men and women
— Thomas H. (@THemingford) July 1, 2017
"Shameless Jeremy Corbyn"want an end to NHS cuts to recruit more doctors and nurses
— Jar Head Red (@mike73097431) July 1, 2017
@Grombags Shameless Jeremy Corbyn doesn't want to fire nuclear weapons at other countries. I prefer leaders keen on mass murder
— BandieraRossa (@fran_b__) July 1, 2017
And no doubt there’s many other good’uns I’ve missed.
Irony is dead
“Shameless”. Ha. It’s a word that’s been pretty liberally thrown around to describe the Labour leader’s appearance at Glastonbury, and what he had to say. He was “shameless” for wanting to talk about the fiscal policies that propagated the culture of cost-cutting, which undeniably caused the Grenfell fire. And before that, he was supposedly “shameless” and “disgraceful” for going to speak to residents and survivors.
That’s right – we apparently now live in a world where for a leader to walk among the people, and physically embrace those who’ve experienced trauma, is supposedly “shameful”.
Meanwhile conveniently ignoring the Tory leader who’s subverted democracy, oppressed her people, stolen their tax-payer money, sold them out to religious fanatics, and armed Islamic extremists.
Irony is dead.
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