- Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:50 pm
I can, in a sense, sympathise. Up until his election as leader Corbyn could say and do whatever he wanted. When he spoke, it was always preaching to the choir and when he protested, it was always safe in the knowledge that his friends and peers would back up the fact he was raging against the 'bad guys'. Everything was simple, clear cut and obvious.
Now, under the spotlight, it's not black and white. His questionable allegiances are being repeatedly questioned. His statements and speeches are analysed and picked apart and found wanting, not accepted verbatim and written of glowingly in the Morning Star. His black and white worldview is woefully lacking, and he is no longer always talking to people who will nod and make polite, positive noises. Good people are now 'bad' because they do not unswervingly support him - sometimes solely because they do not support him, bad people are good because he considers what they stand for good even when their actions are demonstrably bad and/or they are woeful at their jobs. He is not automatically afforded respect for his past actions of doing the bleeding obvious. His life has become hard because he has people telling him he is wrong, he has done wrong, and his long-held beliefs are often naive and flawed. And he can no longer ignore them as he could.
Where my sympathy ends is how he has dealt with this. He hasn't grown, learned to compromise, learned to listen even when he may not like the messenger or message. He is just as simple and gut-driven as ever, led by the self-belief that he is always a good man doing good things rather than an increasingly petty, small man doing bad, clumsy things because he is too arrogant to accept his cushioned, narrow past experiences are a poor guide for the realities of leadership and too vain to recognise where his weaknesses lie and to address them.
Well informed and supported, and with an openness to learn he could have been a magnificent leader. Even with just a better, less inward and more flexible team around him he could have been perfectly adequate. Instead, he has an ill-informed, inflexible and arrogant team that magnifies his insecurities while doing little to address his faults save for writing them off as conspiracy theories or plots. He polarises where he should compromise, he acts hypocritically and disingenuously to further his own beliefs ahead of party policy - even policies he proposed and supports, and he disengages.
Cometh the hour, the man was busy pottering on his allotment.