Corbyn's demise postponed again
As I mentioned in passing on Saturday, I missed the climate strike in order to go to the Scarborough Jazz Festival. Of course, I felt a little guilty, although as an old age pensioner (surely not) there wasn’t very much I could strike from, as opposed to against (I suppose I could have left my NHS bowel cancer testing kit unopened for another day). I now feel a little redeemed by an article in Counterpunch entitled ’Jazz is activism,’ which recounts some of the politics found in jazz, not least of course (given its roots) protests against racism. This brought to mind the continuing campaign against anti Zionist jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, who holds controversial, but considered views on the subject of Israel. Jazz is the sound of the challenge to order.
Being at the jazz festival also meant of course not being at the Labour Party conference. Apparently it was to be Corbyn’s comeuppance with Labour's members over his Brexit stance. Even the Guardian thought this would be a showdown. But it wasn’t. The vote today went overwhelmingly in Corbyn’s direction. The only issue much of the media has with Corbyn’s approach to Brexit is that he is not being painted into some corner, which is the usual first step to discovering a great betrayal later on. They hate it that he is not playing their game. Others—Johnson and Swinson for example—want quick headlines of 110% certainty and simplicity. But is everything serious government about to be reduced to Thatcher-like tweets (it’s a good job she was dead before tweeting took off)?
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