Registered On: September 7, 2015
I only said that because you were inferring that I had a hidden motive for making an incorrect recollection of an estimated figure for how many said they voted against Labour because of Corbyn or Brexit. Was it an internal bias? I don’t know, maybe sub-consciously, but I didn’t want a false claim to stand; I thought that was the moral position to take, rather than make it appear that my incorrect claim was trustworthy. I realised it was wrong and corrected myself. The conclusion was the same in that more people were judged to be voting on Corbyn than Brexit in Redcar.
I can see what you’re trying to say, I just disagree with it and I am putting my opinion across as to why. This shouldn’t be seen as an attack on you; I am just detailing my point of view. I am struggling to see how the public would be more bothered about non-issues like scruffy clothes than problems which could not be as easily defended. The anti-Semitism, IRA sympathiser and weak on national security points of view stuck around longer and would have had more of an impact. Sure, my arguments on such could be more thorough than the average person, but the image created by having someone where this was an issue is one that there is merit in these issues, whether you agree with them or not. To the public this doesn’t look good, and the reason they could stick around was because the defence was hard. We can’t argue against his anti-Semitism claims when he palled around with anti-Semites and made anti-Semitic comments, and did little to stop it. We can’t defend his IRA sympathiser line when he palled around with them and did nothing meaningful to contribute to a peace process. I think it’s clear that these lines stuck and it’s this impression which stuck. It may be that if Corbyn could be defended well on these things it wouldn’t have mattered, but that wasn’t the scenario we had, because the defence was next to impossible for his own actions. When the public see him as an IRA sympathiser and a danger for national security, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they can’t vote for him, Brexit or no Brexit.
You may disagree with how the press makes a focus on this, but the focus can only build if the issue is evident and cannot be defended. The press does have a Tory slant, and this is something which should ideally change to being more neutral, but I find it meaningless if there are problems behind the leader.