We in the UK are living in a hostile environment when it comes to seriously altering or transforming the status quo. The institutions of the British state exist not as pillars of stability and democracy, but as wardens in a prison of semi-feudal privilege and ostentation, a prison in which justice for the poor and dispossessed is in a permanent state of solitary confinement.
It is why the forces of hell have been unleashed against Jeremy Corbyn, who more than any leader of the Labour Party since WWII is threatening to release the poor and dispossessed from this metaphorical solitary confinement on the way to transforming British society. The measure of how much they fear him actually succeeding is the intensity of the campaign that is being waged to stop him
Scour back through British history and it would be impossible to locate a political figure who’s been so traduced, demonised and delegitimised than Jeremy Corbyn today. It has been this way since he was elected leader of the Labour Party by a landslide majority in 2015, before being re-elected in another landslide in 2016, after which against the all the odds, opinion polls and organs of the state — its media, political and security apparatus — he came within hairsbreadth of winning the 2017 general election.
The difference is that back then he was treated more as a figure of scorn and ridicule than any kind of serious threat, depicted as a pitiful and antediluvian fruit juice-drinking sandal-wearing socialist completely and chronically out of his depth.
Not now. Now they fear him, with the intensity of the attacks he’s currently being subjected to reflective of the fact.
Over the past week allegations that Labour and Corbyn have a problem with antisemitism have again been dredged up, this time by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. We’ve also been treated to former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, repeating his assertion that Corbyn as PM would be a security threat. More repugnant still has been former Prime Minister Tony Blair accusing Corbyn of ‘peddling fantasies’.
Meanwhile the BBC has ripped off its mask of impartiality and moved from being a state broadcaster to being a sword in the hands of the state, wielded against Corbyn and Labour. The bias of its election coverage has been stunning in its brazenness, replete with doctored clips of the leaders’ debate painting Boris Johnson in a better light, its journalists allowing the Prime Minister and his colleagues to peddle lies and falsehoods, one after the other, unchecked or challenged.
Returning to the antisemitism claims and here we have a smear campaign rooted in dishonesty and mendacity. It is less to do with antisemitism and more with anti-Palestinianism, waged in the knowledge that if elected prime minister on 12 December, Jeremy Corbyn would be the first ever occupant of Number Ten Downing Street, since the Balfour Declaration, who doesn’t accept the status of the Palestinian people as children of a lesser god. On the contrary he has made clear his intention of recognising a Palestinian state and stopping arms sales to Israel in response to its repeated violation of Palestinian human rights.
The British ruling establishment also fears a Labour manifesto that contains within it the seeds of an anti-Thatcherite revolution, pledging an array of policies that are market-defiant and rooted in human need rather than greed. The consequences of such in terms of raising the political, social and class awareness of millions of working class people, reduced after decades of being force fed anti-working class propaganda by the reactionary press to agents of their own destruction, are potentially seismic.
Because they know, the guardians and lackeys of this rancid establishment, that once people taste justice for the first time, the chances of returning to the conditions of injustice long presented to them as the best of all possible worlds will be nil.
Thus, this is not a campaign to demonise Jeremy Corbyn and prevent him entering Downing Street. It’s more than that — much more. It’s a campaign being waged to keep us on our knees where they’ve had us for decades, and where they believe we belong.