A rising star. There was a time when this slogan of praise was reserved for an elite few who exuded an intangible potential for both shimmering talent and national influence. The British public could thus be sure that when this phrase was applied by the media, individuals or institutions, that it was indeed signalling the dawn of brilliance.
Nowadays, however, it appears this metaphor has lost much of its former glory. No greater example of this can be found than when left-wing blog site, Skwawkbox, decided to place Labour MP for North West Durham, Laura Pidcock, on such a pedestal.
Most of us are aware of Ms. Pidcock’s remarks regarding Conservative women. Let us not, for the sake of sanity, go through them again. Instead, it should be noted that her bewildering hatred towards Tories is not something new, but rather an old foe rearing its ugly head.
During the seventies and eighties, it was not unusual to witness Labour’s dominant hard-left gnashing their teeth with all kinds of colourful abuse towards the neoliberal movement, with Labour leaders such as Neil Kinnock being given no choice but to disassociate himself from the Trotskyist militants that had been allowed to infiltrate his Party. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the Conservative Party’s gradual shift towards the centre ground, Britain’s grapple with Marxism appeared to lull, particularly with the arrival of Tony Blair’s New Labour. For over a decade, British politics saw its far-left activity decline, with the Labour Party itself shifting in both its values and ideology. The acceptance of Capitalism was, for so long, a certainty and the once frightening vitriol of hard-left MPs seemed to resign itself to the ash heap of history.
Then came the change in Labour’s leadership rules. In 2015, outgoing leader Ed Miliband, with the almighty blessing of the Labour conference, decided to open future leadership votes to the general public, for a charge of just £3. Suddenly, like a beast emerging from hibernation, the far-left and all its violence had found a way to sneak into British politics, through the back door.
Fast forward two years and Britain has become tarnished with an ancient and outdated animosity, under its new brand name: Corbynism.
Revived from near extinction, this far-left movement holds a thirst for revenge. What strikes most moderates is the manner in which Corbynisters have wrapped their ugly resentment for those who support free enterprise in a cotton wool of moral superiority and finger-wagging. What’s more, absolutist remarks such as those made by Pidcock are met with utter bafflement from Conservative MPs, including Kemi Badenoch, who tells The Telegraph (in response to MP Laura Pidcock’s refusal to befriend female Tories), “If you’re in a position where all the people you know think and look like you, you have a problem.”
The point Badenoch makes here is crucial in understanding the political vision of the far-left. It’s a view of the world that is so utterly distorted yet poses, once again, such a real threat to our way of life, that we must begin to understand its irrationality. The rising stars of Corbynism do not want free debate. No exchange of ideas, to them, is valuable, unless it contributes to their onslaught on Capitalism. As far as they are concerned, one must join their march, hammer and sickle in hand, or be considered vermin.
When Laura Pidcock claimed Conservative women to be ‘the enemy’ of all women, there was a subliminal message to be grasped. Any Conservative supports Capitalism, which provides freedom for its people. It’s that very freedom that Corbynisters are happy to see disappear.