I guess I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for the underdog.
For a long time I was a fanatic supporter of Manchester City Football Club in their lean period in the early 70’s, post the Francis Lee, Colin Bell & Mike Summerbee glory days. Unfortunately I lost interest in following them just before they hit the big time again after securing huge foreign investment!
Next, as a political virgin, I joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981 when the “Gang of Four” MPs Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers & Shirley Williams split from Labour. This new political party eventually merged with the Liberals in 1988 to form the Liberal Democrats and essentially disappeared.
So true to form, as evidenced in a previous post, when Jeremy Corbyn entered the leadership race for Labour, post the disastrous 2015 general election results, I joined their swelling ranks & in recognition of the rebel in me as well as my respect for his sincerity & voted for him along with about 60% of the party…
Then along came the unexpected recent “Brexit” result and his erstwhile colleagues took the opportunity to blame him for the result, despite the fact that the majority of Labour voters went for “Remain” & he supported it to a greater visible extent than the Conservative Theresa May who’s currently looking to be hot favourite to become Prime Minister after Cameron.
One of my mantras while working was always to be kind to people on the way up, as you never knew who you might meet on the inevitable climb down the corporate ladder! Mark my words Mr. Gove… Another was you remember who your friends are when things aren’t going so well, with “fair weather friends” being a particular anathema to me as a result.
In fact whenever any of my clients fell on hard times I remembered being unemployed for five months back in 2000 and gave them as much support as I could with the result many became good friends.
Today I’m getting pretty disillusioned again with party politics, so won’t be renewing my Labour membership, but those MPs ignoring the wider membership (on both sides of the political divide) I believe should be wary of constituency re-selection challenges if there is to be a true democracy in the UK!
More tea & biscuits comrade?