Interesting observation on the thinking of Jeremy Corbyn – a man with a mind disposed to shaping the world after a particular vision, whether other people like it or not:
Now that he is in charge, many of Corbyn’s more centrist colleagues fear that his greatest priority—more important than winning the general election in 2020—is to restore Labour’s lost purity. “I don’t think he envisages himself walking through the door of No. 10,” a former adviser to Miliband told me. “I think he regards himself as a soldier in a longer fight. The Bolsheviks were this. It was about being there when the end comes, capitalism unravels, and the envelope opens.”
“He is essentially anti-Western—I mean in political terms, in institutional terms,” one former minister told me.
Last November, after the Paris attacks, one of Corbyn’s shadow ministers, Pat McFadden, stood up in the House of Commons and asked Cameron to “reject the view that sees terrorist acts as always being a response or a reaction to what we in the West do.” Corbyn fired him for disloyalty. “The protest mind-set finds it very difficult to say, ‘This reality is not perfect but it is worth defending,’ ” McFadden told me, when I stopped by his office recently. “Underneath the relaxed geography-teacher demeanor, there is a line: you don’t disagree with the world view.”
Corbyn: “[…] it’s about empowering people. That is what democracy is about. Is it going to be complicated? Sure. Is it going to be difficult? Absolutely. Are we going to achieve things? Oh, yes.”
There is a programme. It is comprehensive. It is incompatible with liberty – social, economic, and political. It is intolerant. It is – despite the assurances of its spokesman – anti-democratic. And its guardians are close to achieving executive power in a country with the fifth most productive economy in the world.
The English are a proud people, and they aren’t afraid of a fight. I can hear the engine of history cranking up speed.