There’s never been anything like this. Even during 90s Britpop cool when Tony Blair tried to gain cred-by-association it wasn’t close.
Today Jeremy Corbyn – putting the inert and inactive Theresa May to shame – appeared at multiple venues in the West Midlands and the North-West and was met by thousands each time. Try as they might, the media simply cannot portray the campaigns of the two party leaders as equivalent. Not if they want to retain a shred of credibility.
In the north-west, Corbyn was hailed by a crowd of at least 5,000 people in West Kirby, in spite of less than ideal weather. This writer was privileged to be there. Here are some of the scenes:
The crowds were so large that many were watching even from behind the Labour leader’s bus to get a view:
While this scene filmed as Corbyn arrived gives an idea both of the size of the crowd and of the warmth of its welcome:
The event was streamed live on Facebook and watched worldwide. The response?
One of the most striking moments in the crowd was when a young woman, only 13 or so, turned excitedly to her dad and said, “I saw his face, I saw his face!”
Can you imagine any Tory leader – or the leader of any of the other parties, for that matter – inspiring that kind of reaction? ‘They’re all the same‘ is dead and buried when Corbyn’s around – and people young and old are inspired by his integrity, vision and energy.
No wonder Theresa May refuses to debate with him.
After West Kirby, Corbyn moved onto Prenton Park, the home ground of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, where he had been invited to appear at a concert by rock giants The Libertines. Corbyn appeared on stage before the performance began and the response was incredible:
A crowd of around 20,000 mostly young rock fans chanting his name in a way that would usually be reserved for a football star who had just scored the winning goal at a vital match.
The reception for his rousing speech was equally impressive – as were the boos at even a mention of the Tories:
These scenes are anything but an anomaly. As the SKWAWKBOX showed last week, the Corbyn phenomenon is seen everywhere he goes, even in Tory heartlands.
Something unique is happening. Something potentially historic.
Labour is polling at levels (48%) in London that mean they look set to take seats there from Tory incumbents and achieving polling numbers well ahead of anything achieved under Miliband in 2015 (39% in England/Wales and 34% even including Scotland, according to Ipsos Mori, while even YouGov is showing serious gains).
Well over 1.5 million people have registered to vote since May called the election. Mostly young people – and we’ve just seen what they think of Corbyn. And there are still two days left to register.
Lifelong Tory voters are switching to Labour as they realise the damage done to them, their children, our NHS by the Tories.
May will be sweating bullets that her fear-driven General Election gamble will see her become the shortest-serving Prime Minister in centuries. Let’s make sure her nightmares come true.
Make sure you are registered to vote – the deadline is Monday.
Make sure you vote – planning to, intending to, feeling positive about Labour is not enough. Act.
Campaign – get involved, whether on the ground, online or via Labour’s new phonebanking tool.
Talk – to family, friends, neighbours, anyone who’ll listen. Make sure they hear what the Establishment won’t tell them.
Win. It’s there within our reach.
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