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Corbyn: 'We Won the Argument' but Failed to Convert that 'Into a Majority for Change'

Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Former British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is delusional. You might say that about most American socialists and 4-year-old children who believe in fairy tales, but Corbyn’s delusions are comical.

On Thursday, the Labour Party suffered it’s worst defeat in 80 years, losing 59 seats to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. But Corbyn, who was forced out of Labour’s top spot on Friday, is still looking for that pony in the manure pile.

Ordinarily, looking for a pony in a manure pile would, in and of itself, be considered delusional. But Corbyn is claiming he’s found the pony — and it’s a unicorn.

He penned an op-ed for the far left-wing Observer.

I am proud that on austerity, on corporate power, on inequality and on the climate emergency we have won the arguments and rewritten the terms of political debate. But I regret that we did not succeed in converting that into a parliamentary majority for change.

There is no doubt that our policies are popular, from public ownership of rail and key utilities to a massive house-building programme and a pay rise for millions. The question is, how can we succeed in future where we didn’t this time?

There is no quick fix to overcome the distrust of many voters. Patronising them will not win them over. Labour has to earn their trust. That means the patient work of listening and standing with communities, especially as the government steps up its assault. And it means ensuring that the working class, in all its diversity, is the driving force within our party.

Worst defeat in 80 years but Labour “won the argument.” So why did Labour lose?

The radical left-wing media, of course.

The media attacks on the Labour party for the last four and a half years were more ferocious than ever – and of course, that has an impact on the outcome of elections. Anyone who stands up for real change will be met by the full force of media opposition.

The party needs a more robust strategy to meet this billionaire-owned and influenced hostility head-on and, where possible, turn it to our advantage.

Maybe he was trying to cheer up those defeated Labour MP’s — like a parent encouraging a small child by pointing to the lovely participation trophy they got for losing a game by 50 points.

That’s just about how rank and file Labour members felt about Corbyn’s “apology.”

Independent:

His analysis won a scathing response from Harriet Harman – Labour’s joint longest-serving MP, who took over as interim leader when Ed Miliband resigned immediately after losing the 2015 election.

Responding to Corbyn’s article, Ms Harman said: “This shows no willingness to understand why Labour⁩ suffered this catastrophic defeat. ⁦Jeremy Corbyn should resign.”

Mr Corbyn has said he will not lead Labour into the next election but is yet to name a date for handing over the reins of power to a successor.

Bermondsey & Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle – a longtime critic of Corbyn – tweeted: “‘But I won the argument’ is not something Neil Kinnock would have said.”

And former minister John Spellar joked: “Clearly the play was a success, but the audience was a failure.”

I’d feel sad for Corbyn if he wasn’t such an antisemite and a threat to individual liberty. So I’m glad he lost the argument and will now be tossed on the dustbin of history.