Letters from an encouraged Corbynista #14

A few days ago, I read the generally clueless John Rentoul being characteristically clueless as he tried to deliver reasons -or is that excuses- for failing to see the Corbyn surge coming. There is a little psephological squirming in his article and some whining that, well, some Corbynistas didn’t expect it, but he fails to grasp the key issue, he failed to see the Corbyn surge coming because he didn’t want it to happen. That goes for every commentator and every political opponent of Labour’s left wing leadership.
The gallery of cognoscenti would like to have us believe that they sagaciously investigate all the evidence before coming to a balanced, informed and unbiased conclusion. This, I’m afraid, is so much hogwash. They find, ahem ‘evidence’ for their political preconceptions.
Just as Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters wanted him to succeed and sometimes overlooked or sidestepped uncomfortable evidence such as the council elections that preceded the General Election, so his opponents wanted him to fail and similarly ignored any evidence that might contradict their prejudice. They opposed the Corbyn-McDonnell leadership from day one; briefed against it; raced to the TV studios to condemn it; organised a no-confidence vote against it; sat in the Commons dead-eyed to denigrate it. There was no independent study or dispassionate investigation. There was the instinctive prejudice that Corbynism was a very bad thing. It was a political stance, a political choice.
When Jeremy Corbyn got the airtime to dispel the public’s false, corporate media view of him, the anti-Corbynistas continued to wail from their columns of sackcloth and ashes. When an army of volunteers appeared in the election, changing people’s views on the doorstep, the anti-Corbynistas continued to sneer. When mass rallies and the Glastonbury and Tranmere rock events changed the atmosphere around the election, they covered their ears and eyes, but not, of course, their mouths.
So who got the electoral year right? Well, it was the Labour members who flooded ‘unwindable’ constituencies and won them, as we did in Wirral West, Canterbury and Kensington. In terms of high-profile individuals, it was Dianne Abbot. That’s right, the Dianne Abbot who was subjected to more abuse than any other politician; the Dianne Abbot who was ridiculed when she had a bad interview at the end of a long day, partly influenced by her health; that Dianne Abbot. She said the polls would close within a year. They closed in six months. She said Labour was in the electoral game. It prevented a Tory majority. On Newsnight yesterday, Dianne was in magisterial form setting out why she thought Labour was well-placed to win the next General Election.
So will I trust the likes of Mr Rentoul who are now peddling a new line, that OK, Labour is electable, but should be much further ahead or will I trust Ms Abbot who got things right when they got things so wrong?
I agree with Dianne.

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