Good thing no one knows how unimportant he is. We need earnest men—got to have ’em. Who’ll run the show if we don’t get that kind?
Sherwood Anderson - Dark Laughter (1925)
As so often, it is possible for most political parties to pick through the recent UK election results and find some crumbs of comfort here and there. Labour losing second place to the Tories in Scotland though - that’s not a good electoral baptism for Jeremy Corbyn.
As I’m almost the same age as old Jeremy, I have a certain fascinated interest in what makes him tick because he is obviously not cut out to be a party leader. Even faced with an unpopular government and a devious and unpopular Tory leader in David Cameron, he is far from convincing.
At his age he should know this. I’d know in his place. It’s all very odd. I don’t like the man’s politics or his party and I think his dreary Parliamentary record speaks for itself, but a career ending in abject failure is on the cards and that’s a pity. Is that a whiff of sympathy for a contemporary? It may be, but it won't stretch very far. In his position I’d have resigned by now.