The contrast in fortunes and stature of the leaders of the Labour and Tory parties could not be more pronounced.
Jeremy Corbyn has appeared to huge crowds, huge cheers and the now-famous ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ chant – which has been sung with huge enthusiasm at the music festival even when he’s not present – and has spoken with complete confidence and passion to a crowd of over 100,000 people, many of whom had left gigs by world-famous bands to come and hear him:
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke had joined in the chant the previous evening when it sprang up in the band’s huge audience, while Grime star Stormzy led it on Saturday evening:
Even neutral media commentators couldn’t help but be impressed:
Whatever you think of Corbyn no other politician in my lifetime could command such a crowd or receive such a reception. Extraordinary. https://t.co/GikC0KYONp
— Paul Lewis (@paullewismoney) June 24, 2017
Corbyn conquered Glastonbury – and looked completely at ease doing it.
At the same time, Theresa May was – in another ‘sack those advisors’ moment – visiting Labour Liverpool. The locals gave her a ‘warm’ reception in a sense she will not have welcomed as an uneasy-looking Mrs May arrived for Armed Forces Day, booing her and calling ‘shame on you’, in spite of the best efforts of a handful of bussed-in Tory supporters to make it appear she was being cheered:
May’s discomfort was impossible to disguise:
But what did she expect? Liverpool has been the scene of some of the most impressive crowds for Corbyn, even before the media filters fell away during the General Election campaign, with tens of thousands turning out to cheer the man and his message of hope and change in fair weather and foul:
May’s bleak and soulless message and robotic persona were never going to meet with anything but derision from Scousers – who were among the first to recognise in Corbyn the Prime-Minister-in-waiting that the rest of the country is now seeing.
And clamouring for.
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