Why do Blairites hate Corbyn so much?

I confess, I’m at a complete loss to understand why so many of the middle-aged middle classes are aghast at the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, his grip on the Labour party, and the support he receives from the younger generation.

Let us not forget that an awful lot of people now squealing about Corbyn turned out in their droves to vote for Tony Blair. Indeed, some of them still wipe away a tear when they remember those days, and wish another just like him would return. “Oh, but Blair was different!” I hear you say. Was he? Perhaps. But I remember New Labour being all about style over substance, the trashing of institutions and traditions, broken promises, the ballooning of the state in both in size and scope, thousands of petty criminal offences added to the statute books, endless tinkering, meddling and busy-bodying with little purpose and no regard for the side-effects, and an overall dumbing down of politics to the level of reality television.

Note that I didn’t mention the Iraq War: this would account for most of Blair’s unpopularity among the left, otherwise they’d be calling for him to replace Nelson in Trafalgar Square. Nothing in his approach to domestic matters met with the opposition he faced over Iraq, and even today this issue dominates his (poor) reputation. Personally, I’d rather give him a pass over thrashing Saddam Hussein and his army and hang him for everything else, but that’s just me: on domestic matters, most of the middle-aged middle classes think he did a fine job.

Perhaps Tony Blair and chums were better than Jeremy Corbyn and his lot, but one very much prepared the ground for the other. True, we had Cameron in the middle but he did nothing to undo the damage and plenty to make it permanent. It was New Labour’s policies that allowed hard leftists seeped in identity politics and cultural Marxism to infiltrate and take over swathes of the media, education system, councils, charitable sector, and other institutions which now form the basis of Corbyn’s support. How anyone who worshipped at the altar of New Labour can now complain about Corbyn’s insincere opportunism and lack of principles is beyond me: Blair practically wrote the book on it.

You often hear New Labour purists whine that Corbyn is incompatible with the party’s traditions and values, as if their hero Blair didn’t make himself just that to win office – which included abandoning the British working class. Then again, these are people who think Trump is too stupid to understand how the US government works but adored a man who casually abolished the 1,000 year old position of Lord Chancellor without having a clue what the effects would be. In their sorrow many Blairites are looking across the channel to find a new Messiah to deify: France’s Emmanuel Macron. On that subject:

It is a long-standing tradition that the president will be interviewed by the press during the day, but it seems Mr Macron has other ideas.

Le Monde quotes the source as saying that the president did not “baulk” at speaking to the media.

However, “his ‘complex thought process’ lends itself badly to the game of question-and-answer with journalists”, the paper notes.

It is not clear exactly on which subjects Mr Macron felt his thoughts might bamboozle journalists.

A president elected on woolly policies with scant detail decides the plebs are too thick to appreciate his brilliance; little wonder Blair’s disciples adore him. It is why they hate Corbyn so much that remains a mystery to me.

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12 thoughts on “Why do Blairites hate Corbyn so much?

  1. They’ve all explicitly telegraphed that it was to do with his position on Israeli and Palestinian relations. If you need any more dots to connect just check your list of most influential labour donors and in which nation they have dual citizenship.

  2. “Oh, but Blair was different!” Blair was wicked and delusional. I’m not persuaded that that’s much different.

  3. From the BBC report, to which you linked:
    The comments, quoted by Le Monde, are likely to be seized on by Mr Macron’s critics who portray him as arrogant.

    BBC cannot bring itself to criticise or mock Macron- so use the usual circumlocution for when a Lefty screws up.

    If it was someone right of centre, the mockery would be relentless.

  4. @Isaac, yes I think that this is the elephant in the room and is indeed the crux of the issue. Plus the more they decry his anti-US (anti-Israel) stance the more the British voter will warm to him in what is playing out to be the mother of all schisms in both the British Labour Party and the British electorate.

  5. And the “stupid party”, the Tories, are lucky to have Corbyn, but too stupid to take advantage.

  6. Blair was wicked and delusional. I’m not persuaded that that’s much different.

    Precisely.

  7. Why do Blairites and Corbynistas hate each other?

    Because the left, for all its protestations about unity and keeping a red rag flying high, very quickly fragments and polarises. Always. It’s in their genes. Moreover, the Splitters soon become further Split Offs, and each thinks it has the essence of the salvation of mankind.

    If only we could all get along, they wail, while plotting the downfall of other Splitoids. They always say they hate the evil Toreeees but in reality, they hate their own kind even more.

  8. On Blair v Corbyn: the bile directed at Blair from the Corbynites far exceeds that coming in the other direction. Reading the Guardian you’d think that Blair started his career in Thatcher’s cabinet.

    I loved the Macron story; in case anyone doubted that he in office to represent globalist corporations and f— the common man… Still one hopes the Frenchies will react in the traditional manner and start torching stuff the moment he tries to introduce economic reform.

    There are many many German women who are under 60 and under 100kg, but it seems their interest in nudism only starts once they are on the wrong side of these numbers.

  9. Blairites v. Corbyn;

    Not sure really; there’s an awful lot of bile directed at Blair from the left generally, not just from the Momentum loons.

    I think the Blairites hate Corbyn because they know that he will follow the Bolshevik model and destroy them first; he won’t work with them to beat the Tories. The rest of the left hates Blair because, by and large, they’d fallen into the rabbit hole of identity politics before the Miner’s Strike, and after Kinnock and Smith sorted out Militant (and the SDP/Liberals, to a degree), they were so fragmented they could be picked off and paid off (I think the hunting ban is a good example of this). They’re really embarrassed and ashamed about it.

    “Nothing in his approach to domestic matters met with the opposition he faced over Iraq”

    Not really; I mentioned the hunting ban, but also the smoking ban. There was a fair amount of opposition to both these, plus Blair’s desire to join the Euro.

    “Personally, I’d rather give him a pass over thrashing Saddam Hussein and his army and hang him for everything else.”

    Yup. Gulf War I didn’t really resolve the issues. Gulf War II was always going to happen eventually, and 9/11 just crystallised it. Blair did the right thing, but he didn’t really have many real options.

    “How anyone who worshipped at the altar of New Labour can now complain about Corbyn’s insincere opportunism and lack of principles is beyond me.”

    Not sure this is true; Corbyn is a throwback, to Benn, and is quite similar to Galloway, in that what you see is pretty much what you get, even if it is rancid shit. Quite the opposite of Blair, actually, where you’re left wondering where the smell’s coming from.

  10. I think it’s about status anxiety, as always. Blair’s lot fancy themselves post-political and sophisticated; Corbyn seems gauche and rather rustic by comparison. Modern technocrats vs. old-fashioned socialists.

    Not much actual difference: the schism is all on the surface, which probably makes it even more fractious.

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