Until Corbyn, all Labour leaders — from Ramsay Mac Donald to Ed Miliband — believed in democracy and parliamentary governance.
Indeed, so deep was Clement Attlee’s faith in parliamentary democracy that in 1948 he made boundary changes, even though they damaged Labour’s election chances.‘It was the responsible thing to do,’ he said with his usual integrity.
This is a man who, in the past, has talked of ‘honouring’ IRA terrorists and of ‘garrotting’ a government minister.
Tragically, today, we are witnessing the opposite approach, with senior Left-wing politicians and trade union leaders eager to exercise their muscle for partisan political interests.
In place of persuasion, the Left, under Corbyn and Mc Donnell, now relies on intimidation and threats of chaos.
Never in recent British history has there been a more dangerous MP.
Mc Donnell’s whole approach is laced with menace and zealotry.
That was almost four years ago, but Mc Donnell has not changed despite his rise to Labour’s front rank.
Behind the veneer of moderation he occasionally adopts, Mc Donnell is still preaching the gospel of socialist revolt.
Just 6 per cent of the 334,000 eligible members voted for him.
Yet these are the same men and women who shriek about Theresa May not having a mandate to govern — even though the Tories received 42 per cent of the vote in the election.
The Government’s announcement yesterday that the 1 per cent public sector pay cap will be lifted, starting with more generous settlements for the police and prison officers, merely inflamed the mood of rebellion.‘We have to discuss how we use the opportunity to inflict a major industrial and political defeat on the Government,’ said Matt Wrack, the leader of the Fire Brigades Union.
Democracy means little to these self-appointed troublemakers.
For years, the tinpot socialist revolutionary John Mc Donnell was rightly a marginalised figure in British politics.