This is (I think) the first time since becoming a representative of the Conservative Party that I have ever openly expressed disagreement with the leadership choices of another party. Even though I thought Labour should have gone with David Miliband and the Lib Dems with Norman Lamb, I thought it was a matter for them. But as it becomes ever more likely that Labour will choose Jeremy Corbyn, I am departing from this approach. This post expresses my astonishment if this comes to pass, and deep concern about the future of the United Kingdom.
I don't know Jeremy Corbyn. I see him in the Commons of course. He seems genial, unassuming and polite. Bit disconnected from his own party, which he rarely seems to support. Think of him alongside Diane Abbott, Dennis Skinner and a few others - but lacking the charisma. Never seen anything that can be described as a leadership quality. I suspect he would agree with and approve of this assessment.
But he's not seeking to lead some campaigning organisation, or think tank, or collection of self-regarding academics writing a letter to the Times, or the Monster Raving Loony Party. He wants to lead the Official Opposition in the British Parliament, where he would become a major figure on the world stage. He would have access to confidential information, and help shape the world's view of Britain.
No significant country will take Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition in the UK Parliament seriously. He will oppose any military action by Britain, no matter what the cause. He even opposed saving the Kosovans from genocide. He would advocate withdrawal from NATO. He would campaign to nationalise much of British industry, and return power and influence to the trades unions. He would let our National Debt rocket. He would not respect our Parliamentary traditions, particularly those related to The Monarchy.
Even at this late stage, I hope the Labour Party, will draw back from stepping over the edge into an abyss of uncertainty. It may seem a jolly good jape to kick the 'establishment' up the backside. But there in possible way a Jeremy Corbyn victory can end well.