The shambles of Labour Live continues to amuse. “Jezfest” must have seemed like a great idea in the heady days when the Glastonbury crowd were all singing the “oh Jeremy Corbyn” mantra like a load of brain dead cult worshippers. Though it might have been wise to consider the fact that the crowd were not actually there to see Jeremy and a significant proportion of them were off their nut.
Instead, idol worshipping Corbynistas thought it’d be a great idea to try and recreate the atmosphere by putting on a festival to further cultivate the creepy Corbyn personality cult. It takes place this coming weekend, yet sales of the tickets are stuck at approximately 3000 out of a 15,000 capacity. Oh dear. The event is estimated to cost about £1,000,000 so is now bound to be a colossal waste of money.
Who’d have thunk it? With great headliners like the Magic Numbers, who had that album that did quite well in 2005, and the nauseatingly sycophantic former journalist (now Corbyn brown noser) Owen Jones continuing to try and make up for his loss of faith in Him before the 2017 General Election. What better way to spend a weekend?
Well, the young people they expected to flock to see the left-wing messiah have all got better things to do. This should have been foreseen. Very few young people are politically active and engaged in political events, a few naff acts and a platitudinous speech from Owen Jones was hardly likely to change that. We now know that the 2017 Corbyn youthquake was a myth, in-fact there was very little change in turnout by age group between the 2015 and 2017 elections. Jez, they’re just not that into you.
This ill-conceived idea epitomises of the Labour leadership’s arrogance. Corbyn lost an election by less votes than expected against the worst Conservative campaign ever underpinned by a bad manifesto and appalling communication yet celebrated as if he’d won a great victory.
Since then, Corbyn and his cronies have developed a serious sense of entitlement. They came to believe that their rise to power was inevitable and unstoppable, but this arrogance has inevitably led to complacency and taking the electorate for granted.
The decision to run a never-ending election campaign to keep up the pressure didn’t have the desired result in the London elections, and fails to consider that people might just get sick of Corbyn on his soap box and activists on the door step.
It’s time the early misreading of the last election was re-evaluated, especially by Labour if they want to win the next one. The Labour surge was driven more by the perception that Corbyn couldn’t win than by popular appeal: his personal poll ratings remain abysmal. A permanent campaign is good way of reminding people that a Corbyn government is a serious prospect. There will be few people voting Corbyn to spite the government while still hoping they remain in power next time.
When Jezfest takes place with Labour activists shipped in to conceal the poor attendance, and a major financial loss in its wake, it will be in the context of a consistent Conservative poll lead, a lead they have maintained for some time despite this awful government having no domestic agenda, existing in a permanent state of crisis with a PM not fit for the job.
This was not in the script.