Looking Back To The Labour Leadership Election of 2016

From Marginal Seat 24 September 2016

Let’s imagine:

Let’s imagine we are looking back after the 2020 General Election:

With the comfort of time passing we can look back to 2016, when Jeremy Corbyn defeated Owen Smith for the leadership of the Labour party.

Corbyn said he was honoured to have won the votes of thousands of members and supporters who had given him the second mandate in a year to lead the party.

He said that the new members were now part of a nationwide movement – the largest in Europe – focused on defeating the Tories against the historic challenges of Brexit.

At the time some people said that anyone who thought far-left extremists were electable had condemned the country to twenty years of Tory Government.

They said that to vote for Corbyn was vain, immature, and selfish.

How mistaken they were. Corbyn fought the next general election in 2020 on a platform of social justice and economic equality.

When he accused the Government of ‘dithering as we face the historic challenges of Brexit’ we now know that he was glad to get Europe off his back so that he could bring his plan to fruition without EU interference.

He won by a landslide. Not for many years had a government had a majority that big.

The economy should have tanked, but the world had bigger fish to fry with trouble spots everywhere one looked.

Wealth taxes, taxes on banks, social housing, nationalisation – you name it and the Government brought it in. So almost everyone prospered because of the redistribution of wealth. 

The Labour honeymoon was becoming a long-term marriage.

In the next two terms they abolished the House Of Lords and the monarchy, and in the next parliament they abolished two-party parliamentary democracy. 

After all, when the Party represents the people what need is there for an Opposition?

And thus we came to today and the politburo run by Uncle Corbyn, as he likes to be known. 

Who could have foreseen this would happen?