Issue 296: 2021 10 07: Diary of a Corbynista

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7 October 2021

Diary of a Corbynista

It’s the way he tells them

by Don Urquhart

Mug shot of Don Urquhart29 September

Alma’s Not Normal is the best thing on TV.  You find it on BBC iPlayer.  The morality is dubious, the language reprehensible and comedy sublime.  Also topical.  At one point Alma’s Gran has the police round on a drugs bust.  She solves the problem amicably by offering sexual favours.  Everybody’s happy.

30 September

The Labour Party Conference.

There are two competing narratives.

The Starmer lobby has it as a great success.  The BBC and the papers are all supporting this presentation.

Wonderful speech by the Leader.

The dissidents report purging of socialist delegates before and during, armed police in the hall dealing with hecklers.

Dismal speech by the Leader.

1 October

Message Board responses to Corbynista in Shaw Sheet 295:


I may differ with you on a number of your thoughts here;

However, I will leave it at just one, re your comments about Andrew Bridgen’s thoughts.

I give you this from this fount of wisdom:

Andrew Bridgen

Today the Labour Party conference are voting for a minimum wage of £15 per hour. Imagine the impact that would have on lorry drivers’ wages. Why would any driver face nights away from home, poor living conditions and low pay when they could stay home and earn nearly as much?


The better off in society have benefitted from low wages for many years; we are ‘blind’ to the fact that much of the convenience we take for granted only exists due to people willing to work for low wages.


I enjoy Corbynista. However, am on the verge of resigning from the party after 45 years membership – the flouting of party democracy by Evans plus the duplicity and vacuity of Starmer are too much to take.

2 October

The Conservative Party Conference starts tomorrow.  I’m sure there will be none of the infighting we saw at Labour’s effort.  After all this is a party with a secure majority, a popular leader and non-existent opposition.  There will be plenty of virtue signalling about the Universal Credit cut but the Tory delegates know which side their bread is buttered and all will be sweetness and light when the leader shines on them.

3 October

Socialists will be looking at strategies now that the Labour Party is bought and paid for by similar people to those bankrolling the Tories.  Pick me up on the unions if you like and I will concede that some are run by people aspiring more for their own careers than the wellbeing of their members.

So where do we start?

4 October

This is Johnson being interviewed on BBC television.  Don’t look for it there.  All over Twitter though and here in The Independent.

Never mind life expectancy, never mind cancer outcomes, look at wage growth, that’s the most important metric.

Still keen to trample on piles of bodies!

5 October

Baroness Louise Casey used to be an anti-poverty campaigner.  Earlier this year on Newsnight she asked the government to come up with a serious strategy.  Memorably she was of the opinion that small pots of complicated money did not start to address the issue.

But that is the approach the government takes to all problems.  They don’t have a clue how to solve them so claim to be throwing small pots of complicated money in the general direction and move on quickly.

6 October

Johnson is more of a stand-up comedian than a politician, a posh Jim Davidson or Bernard Manning.

If only someone would offer him a lucrative contract to host Have I Got News for You or perhaps more appropriately Would I Lie to You?

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