Jeremy Corbyn is joining the Labour leadership race. I cannot begin to tell you how happy it makes me that someone whose views not only align with my own – or indeed has any views at all beyond ultra-bland, blue-Labour populism – is potentially going to be on the ballot paper. A quick glance at his profile on They Work For You shows that he is a man of conviction, something that seems to be sorely lacking in a lot of politicians these days.
I joined the Labour Party specifically to vote for a new leader and help, in some small way, to rebuild the party. But until yesterday, when my choices were Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, or maybe Mary Creagh, I was seriously considering spoiling my ballot or voting ‘none of the above‘. (As an aside, if there was a single politician in the UK who displayed even a half as much candour as Richard Pryor’s character does in that clip, I’d vote for them in a heart beat.)
He’s got a lot of support to drum up and not a lot of time to do it, but I really hope he gets on the ballot. Even if he doesn’t win – and I’d be very surprised if he does in today’s political climate – having someone to play devil’s advocate and make the debate an actual debate excites me.