Tuesday, 25 April 2017
For the first time in my political life, I don't feel like a dissident approaching a General Election. While my friends have almost always leaned left, I have tended to lean right, in a libertarian way so far as social policy is concerned and in an anti-badguys way with regard to foreign policy. I've tended, I believe, to vote with my head rather than my heart. Pragmatism has always appealed to me more than idealism. I can't believe in a perfect world; indeed I believe the attempt to promote one is getting on for diabolical. Perhaps that makes me fundamentally conservative - I think that people make mistakes, act badly, pave the road to hell with good intentions, and so on. I don't think you can force them to do otherwise. So, anyway, this time round the nasty party is Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, not least for its sneering dismissal of the anti-semitism in its ranks. It is also obvious that Corbyn and his team are incompetent, so that policies hardly matter (not that the party appears to have any that its members can all agree upon). Corbyn is used to operating, manoeuvring, politicking, at local level. He is a small-minded man. He was much involved in London Labour Briefing, an arm of Militant Tendency, the inflitrating far left organisation with which Neil Kinnock so almost-thoroughly dealt (Momentum is its child). Corbyn was pro-IRA, pro-USSR, pro-PLO. is anti-Israel, is pro-Iran and pro-Putin, supports Hamas, and thinks that the socialist dictators of Venezuela and Cuba are dandy fellows. He is a Bennite Brexiteer. If you want to vote for him, fine, but there is no moral high ground to be gained or even had: it is a vote for a destroyer. I have no love for Theresa May, and I don't at all like the tone of much of the Brexit rhetoric - it seems to me fundamentally indecent. Most of all I fear a complete absence of Opposition, which a Corbynite Labour Party promises. Were Nick Clegg leader of the Liberal Democrats, I would have no hesitation in voting for his party. He has faults, but certainly not those of Corbyn (whose faults are both moral and managerial), and not those of Theresa May, who seems nervous and control-freaky and overemphatic. As it is, I shall have to vote for it hesitantly. Though I can just about understand a Green vote, there is little choice otherwise.