From Another Angry Voice’s facebook Blog — https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3176033252436566&id=185180654855189&__tn__=K-R
One of the most surefire indicators of glib political stupidity is the “fnur fnur fnur I guess this means Corbyn won the argument” gloating that’s all the rage amongst the self-appointed ‘sensibles’ these days.
Anyone who resorts to this sub-juvenile level of political discourse is simply illustrating that they simply don’t understand anything that’s happened in British politics in the last decade.
They’ve become so obsessed with the Westminster political pantomime, personality politics, and the childish “winners and losers” mentality that they’ve rendered themselves incapable of even comprehending the broad sweeps of political history.
They know that things are happening, often things that they’re very upset and angry about, but they’ve got absolutely no understanding of why.
If you measure things purely in terms of Westminster success then David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson have been the big political winners of the last decade.
They may have won the general elections and served as Prime Ministers, but ask yourself what did they ever they stand for?
David Cameron’s political legacy is absolutely defined by his decision to gamble the entire future of the UK, and then losing it. Theresa May will always be remembered for throwing away her parliamentary majority in her 2017 hubris election and her unlawfully racist “Hostile Environment” that led to the systematic abuse of black British citizens. Boris Johnson for blagging his way into the top job and then proving himself manifestly unfit to lead.
We know what their legacies are, but what did these “winners” ever believe in, other than winning power for power’s sake, and continuing the neoliberal orthodoxy long past the point that anyone with any sense could see that it was hopelessly broken?
Using the banal and superficial “winners vs losers” analysis, the three politicians who have actually made the real significant changes to the political direction of the United Kingdom over the last decade can all be classified as “losers” to different extents.
Only one of them held any level of executive power in the last ten years, and all three are as popular with their supporters as they’re absolutely reviled by their detractors.
They’re Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn, and Alex Salmond.
Nigel Farage has famously stood in seven general elections and failed to win a parliamentary seat every single time. He’s so bad at holding elected positions that his main achievement in politics involved abolishing the only elected position he’s ever held!
A superficial analysis tells us that he’s a stone cold loser who only ever existed on the fringes of political power, But as the nation’s leading advocate of quitting the EU, his legacy is turning out to be an absolutely extraordinary geopolitical realignment of the United Kingdom away from our European neighbours, and towards the United States.
Of course others played a part; Cameron by allowing the gamble to happen without even compelling the Brexit advocates to publish a detailed proposal on how they were actually going to extricate the UK from a decades-long political alliance without trashing the economy; Boris Johnson for having chosen to publish the Leave letter rather than the Remain one he wrote and quietly shelved; The shady millionaires and data manipulators who bankrolled and delivered the Brexit victory. But Farage was the charismatic quintessentially English figurehead at the forefront of delivering this extraordinary geopolitical realignment.
Love him or hate him, it’s absolutely ludicrous to try to deny what he’s achieved from the political fringes.
Alex Salmond did serve as First Minister in Scotland and wielded some executive power, but the Westminster SNP contingent was a paltry six MPs during his time, he famously lost the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum, then lost his parliamentary seat in 2017, and then had his political reputation indelibly tarnished by a load of sexual assault accusations that were just recently proven to be a pack of exaggerations and outright lies as they were thrown out of court.
Salmond may have lost the referendum in 2014 and suffered a political nosedive since, but the way in which he was beaten has made Scottish independence all but inevitable at some point in the future.
Salmond led a massive grass-roots independence campaign that came agonisingly close to winning, and it took the full combined weight of the three Westminster establishment parties and the mainstream media propaganda machine to stop him.
Everyone in Scotland saw how the panicked establishment class resorted to lying through their teeth and making all sorts of last minute false promises to stop independence, and how the supposed “impartiality” of the media simply evaporated away to reveal absolutely staggering levels of bias, misdirection, and duplicity.
Salmond set the independence issue as a heroic tale of hope against fear, and then the establishment proved him absolutely right by brutally crushing the hope of a better Scotland under a relentless bombardment of propaganda and lies, and in so doing they drew back a curtain and showed the Scottish people something they will never unsee, and will never forget until Scotland has her independence.
Salmond took Scottish independence from an unlikely pipe dream to something that’s just one more push away.
As for Corbyn and his notorious comment about having “won the argument”, it’s beyond indisputable that he actually has.
Corbyn became Labour leader in the wake of all three Westminster establishment parties offering only slightly differing versions of the same ideologically bankrupt austerity-wrecking neoliberal slop at the 2015 general election. The only real choice the public were left with was the colour of the rosettes.
Five years on and the transformation is extraordinary. The new Labour leader and deputy leader won their positions by promising to build on Corbyn’s anti-austerity, pro-investment economic policies rather than demolish them, two successive Tory leaders have attempted to disown austerity and distance themselves from the devastating austerity-derived collapse in living standards that Corbyn had opposed all along, and on the day of his departure as Labour leader the Financial Times editorial board published an extraordinary article presenting most of the main pillars of Corbynism (public service investment, wealth redistribution, proactive government, workers’ rights, and the investigation of radical economic ideas like Basic Income) as the “required” solution to the devastating socio-economic crisis we’re facing.
Five years ago Corbyn was one of just a tiny minority of dissenting voices amongst a political establishment that was absolutely fixated with the lunacy of “let’s cut our way to growth” austerity fanaticism.
Just five years later and only a few dozy outliers remain to champion the bankrupt and discredited austerity agenda, while everyone else has come over to Corbyn’s side of the debate and accepted that strategic investment is the key to survival and recovery, rather than another devastating round of economy-strangling, inequality-exacerbating austerity cuts.
The big picture is that it’s the radicals and dissenters who challenge the establishment orthodoxy from the outside who make the significant changes in politics.
They’re rarely allowed anywhere near real political power, but they make the big paradigm-shifting differences by championing bold ideas, rather than just chasing and holding power for power’s sake.
And even though these political radicals very rarely hold the high offices of state like the Cameron’s and May’s of this world, they’re not just empty placeholders who simply serve to continue whatever the the established orthodoxy is at the time, and who only ever seem to make huge political changes by mistake.
The radicals change the world precisely because they actually believe in something beyond the naked pursuit of power and status.
So the next time you see someone use the “fnur fnur fnur Corbyn won the argument” line, remember that they’re basically hanging a sign around their neck to inform the rest of us that they’re every bit as glib, myopic, and politically illiterate as the dimwitted “no such thing as a magic money tree” droolers who seem to have gone incredibly quiet ever since the Tory chancellor and the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee suddenly resorted to desperately raiding the “magic money forest” to stave off the second existential crisis of capitalism in just twelve years!
Unfortunately in British politics there’s always a glib retort doing the rounds, as if politics is some kind of lame and trivial comedy panel show, rather than the incredibly serious life or death ideological battle that it always eventually turns out to be.
But in a way, irritating as they are, these glib retorts are helpful, because they serve to identify the people who use them as myopic political illiterates who simply don’t have a clue what they’re talking about (even though talking about politics is quite often literally their job!).