One of Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents in the Labour Party, army major Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, gave a speech to right-of-centre think-tank Demos: Jarvis Demos Speech. The speech had no particular central topic and was unconnected to any recent events; a preçis of the speech is easy: “I think Labour should pretend to oppose some Tory polices, but, ultimately, we must love the capitalist status quo as much as they do.” It was stupefyingly pointless.
However, the abject hollowness of the speech – riddled with contradictions, misrepresentations and catatonic platitudes – is almost irrelevant since its sole purpose is to provide a faux catalyst for more anti-Corbyn rhetoric from ‘moderate’ activists in Labour and the liberal, (small ‘l’), media. It’s the circle jerk of whingers: One of them emits a flaccid speech, the others jump to comment upon it. Slugs at an orgy.
Dan Jarvis, Labour leadership challenger?
Jeremy Corbyn won by a landslide in the election for Labour leader last year and there are no plans for another election soon, but his opponents throughout the Progress mob and throughout the (il)liberal media, all of them fearful of what a Corbyn-led Labour government would do, keep commenting on their own invention of a possible upcoming leadership challenge. In the Guardian, Heather Stewart and Anushka Asthana glibly begin a gormless article about Jarvis’ speech with the line “Dan Jarvis, the Labour backbencher widely touted as a potential challenger,” (Stewart/Asthana on Jarvis), and persistent dead cat chucker George Eaton subheads his embarrassing dim analysis of the speech in the New Statesman with “the favourite to succeed Jeremy Corbyn criticised his leader only in code,” (Eaton on Jarvis).
The strategy of the anti-Corbyn mob is to repeat invented gossip often enough so that, magically, it becomes truth. Their problem is that the only fool willing to accept the non-existent mission of leadership challenger is Dan Jarvis. Jarvis has no opinions and no active political stance. He is a functionary used to taking orders with no regard for their usefulness or effect. He is funded by the enemies of democracy – hedge funds, and his speeches are written by the operators of Blair’s strings. His political position is one of intellectual vacancy and a relentless mission to say absolutely nothing that defines his intent. Nick Clegg in an army uniform. A stalking donkey.