Meanwhile, on the Labour benches, Jeremy Corbyn’s love of the 70s and especially the 80s is being re-enacted like a badly written soap opera with a recycled script. Far from being able to form a government, they can’t even form an opposition. How a party can go into an election with the majority of their MPs openly hostile to their own leadership is beyond me. That assumes of course that Corbyn wins the leadership contest which is looking very likely. Challenger Owen Smith must feel a bit like Captain Kirk, spending his time trying to defeat Klingons for the one thing Corbyn is good at is clinging on to his job.
Quite what the difference is politically between Smith and Corbyn is difficult to pin down. Both are pitching their platforms to the left, both seemingly putting forward the same policies,such as throwing people out of work by banning zero hour contracts and spending vast sums of money without any explanation as to where it is coming from. Perhaps there is no difference politically. Perhaps the difference is on personalities only. Smith is a complete unknown in the country as a whole. I have to confess I had never heard of him until he was paraded as a possible challenger to Corbyn. It seems that his pitch is “Better the devil you don’t know”!
These are strange times. They certainly remind me of the early 1980s when a mass-neurosis gripped the Labour Party. While many in Labour want to relive those years, that’s not something that appeals to me.