I am of course delighted that the Labour Conference has backed Jeremy Corbyn’s eminently sensible strategy; and hopefully an election-winning one, if the Press’s incredible distortions – including even the Guardian‘s – don’t stymie him. (See https://bernardjporter.com/2019/09/22/learning-from-wilson/.) It will give me the opportunity to vote Remain in the promised referendum, but also relieve me of the feeling that we’ve been swindled – as we were in 2016 – if the second vote, taken on the basis of much better knowledge and a properly spelled-out alternative (Labour’s prospective new ‘deal’), goes against me. Best of all, however, it could cut the ground from under the feet of the (proto) Fascists, and so help to repair our democracy.
It seems such a rational approach that I sometimes suspect that much of the Right-wing Labour opposition to Corbyn’s programme arises, not from any consideration of its merits, but from personal hostility against him. In the case of the newspapers, of course, it’s clearly more self-interested, on the part of their rich tax-dodging and neoliberal proprietors. Which is not, of course, to impugn the motives of the more genuine and principled ‘do or die’ Remainers; who may turn out to be right, not only in principle (I agree with them there), but tactically as well. Who can tell?