According to The Guardian, The Tories are running a social media advert which runs simply:

“A vote for Labour is a vote for Corbyn”.

The simplicity and apparently obvious truth of this statement makes it seem almost Zen-like. It has the touch of Lynton Crosby about it. He’s the man who won David Cameron his last election. Also Boris Johnson’s in London, Australian prime minister Howard his 4 elections and now according to the pundits is about to deliver another Tory win next month.

And yet the sentence’s seeming unarguability is at the root of the whole election campaign on both sides and indeed the scrap within the Labour Party itself.

The Tories think it’s their strongest argument. Plenty of enthusiastic new members of Labour, Corbyn supporters, agree with the statement and think instead it’s Labour’s strong point. Meanwhile, other ‘core’ Corbynites agree with the statement but think it’s going to consign Labour to a big defeat. This latter group doesn’t think the election result is the main point, though, since they’re concentrating on maintaining control of the party.

Finally, New Labour folk, like those campaigning to hold on to Labour’s only Scottish seat, are anxious to make it clear that the statement somehow isn’t true since Labour is so far behind now that the ‘Corbyn factor’ has already been ‘discounted’. This is important for them, because they’re running a campaign which says; ‘If you vote Labour you won’t get Corbyn, just a good local MP who will hold the Tories to account’.

Of course, both sides are ‘correct’, as with much political dialogue. So we start out with what seems a reasonable statement in respect of what it denotes. But of course that denotation rests upon an assumption about how parliamentary democracy works and perhaps the point here is that this assumption does not apply at this election. Then we move into that trickier and more arguable zone of what that statement’s connotations are.

Oooh. Get me. Where does the real truth lie? That’s up to you and the philosophers.

Here’s Freddie, where I and millions of others started out a long, long time ago.


2 Responses to General Election Zen: “A vote for Labour is a vote for Jeremy Corbyn”
  1. Ian Murray hold the Tories to account? Don’t make me laugh. He is more likely to abstain than vote against the Tories at Westminster.

    The man is the epitome of a Red Tory. It would be poetic justice if his seat were to fall to the Tories in the GE. The last Labour MP in Scotland falling to political allies instead of the hated SNP.

    Last GE it was either the fall of Murphy or Dougie Alexander that provided the ‘Portillo Moment’. This time it will, hopefully be the fall of Ian Murray.

  2. Odd – I thought we would be seeing this kind of ‘madness’ maybe 10-15 years after #indyref. Is it true that Labour in Scotland have become nothing more than a rope holding Scotland onto Endland’s union?

    I look at the whole mess of Labour at point zero ‘#EURef’. It is no longer a party, its a collection of MP’s wages that they want to keep.

    In Scotland – about as big a statement of desire as you could want was made in #EUref. More than by #indyref, but Labour are offering nothing but the ‘stay with the UK’ option – while England burns it from the South East up.

    Look at page 101 of their manifesto. Fag packet for Scotland.

    No thanks.


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