Let’s be honest, whoever is writing the storylines for US and UK politics in the last few years must have been running out of ideas, because the twists and turns are just becoming increasingly unrealistic.
A Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010? Bit different, but ok. UKIP being the first party, other than Labour and Conservatives, to get the most votes in a national election for 108 years in 2014’s European elections? As if! Tory landslide in 2015 general election and Liberal Democrat collapse? So, the voters punished the party with the least power in the coalition…no way. Cameron calls an EU referendum in 2016 to appease UKIP and far right Tories and voters inexplicably vote Leave? Come on, this is just silly. Oh, Cameron quits and Theresa May becomes PM? Jeez. Some socialist MP who never wanted to be leader becomes Labour leader? Now I know you’re crazy. He gets loads of stick from the press and his fellow MPs? Well, that makes sense. Donald Trump becomes US President? Oh, now I know this isn’t real. Corbyn is forced into another leadership battle and wins that even more easily? Ha, no chance. And he still gets smeared and lied about and told he is unelectable? Figures. May calls a general election in 2017? What?? Polls throughout campaign get better for Labour, worse for Tories? Ha. Labour gain seats, Tories lose seats, Tories win with no majority, hung parliament? Oh, wow, well that sounds unexpected and promising for the countr- Tories decide to align with the awful awful DUP to get their needed majority? Oh, for fuck sake.
Seriously, if someone pitched that in 2009 as a telly show storyline, it would be way too barmy to be taken seriously.
As a supporter of Corbyn from the start, it is satisfying to see him do so well for Labour and seeing people on the left lifting the hands up admitting they were wrong about doubting him and his electability. Of course, if we were to be technical here, he has not been elected Prime Minister, of course. But those, like Chris sodding Leslie, MP of Nottingham East (who saw his 2015 vote percentage of 54.6% jump to 71.5% this time round, may I note), saying Corbyn has failed because May’s Conservatives were so bad are, very purposefully, ignoring the gains made here – has any political party not backed by Murdoch done so well in an election? I’d guess, probably not. And, McDonnell’s comments about another 2 weeks of campaigning would probably have given Labour that edge, may not be far wrong.
Here’s to more bonkers unpredictability – but in favour of the good guys for a change.