I think my record of creatively insulting Jeremy Corbyn and his politics speaks for itself, suffice to say that I would rather be exiled to the loneliest and coldest little enclave of Siberia than see him droning on about Palestine on behalf of Britain. Nonetheless, can we admit how embarrassingly hysterical and censorious the media is in its coverage of him? It should be enough to point out the absurdities of his ideas and rhetoric but journalists are resorting to falsehoods and overreaction.
John Rentoul, the Independent’s resident Blairite, feels that accidentally implying equivalence between Israel and ISIS, a charge that itself requires an uncharitable interpretation of a bland denial of the collective responsibility for Jews and Muslims of states and groups that claim to represent them, is grounds for the Labour Party to hand him his notice. Invading a country on false pretenses, and dooming British soldiers and Iraqi civilians to early graves, was perhaps a less significant offence. The Telegraph, meanwhile, declares that Corbyn “appears to lunge” at a female reporter in a recent video – a slimy implication of aggressive behaviour towards a woman that is preposterous given that all the beleaguered Marxist did was stop and turn around, in response, no less, to the journalist accusing him of running away. How soft are journalists nowadays? Do they have no memory of dealing with Alastair Campbell?
I think we know why Corbyn is mistreated in this way. It is because his ideas roam beyond the boundaries of mainstream opinion. Well, I’d like to keep them outside of mainstream opinion too, but I know ideas I promote are beyond these borders as well, and that such shrill and disingenuously moralistic tactics have been aimed at people who represent them. Thus, on this narrow little piece of common ground, I have no choice except to say I stand with Jeremy Corbyn.