Jeremy Corbyn needs to accept that he did not win

10 Jul 2017

It is quite disheartening to look at the recent conduct of Jeremy Corbyn, who has essentially been disregarding the principles of democracy by denouncing the results of the election. Out of all the unpatriotic acts he has committed, this may be the greatest, because it fringes upon a principle Brits hold close to their hearts: respect for democracy. 


In analysing the scope of Corbyn's rants post June 8th, one must pose the question to him: If you say that Theresa May does not have a mandate, then what do you have, given that you were fifty-four seats behind?


The Labour PR team can spin the results all they want, but the fact remains that in a first-past-the-post system, Corbyn lost because he didn't obtain the goal which he sought, namely, to form a government.  Have we now changed the political goal posts from a party's aim being to win enough seats to form a government in order to better the lives of citizens, to using an election campaign to become a populist star?


Labour supporters have surely sold themselves short when, the morning after election, they were celebrating. Indeed, Corbyn was jovially drinking tea in a café, make it appear that Labour had won. Yet, what did Corbyn deliver? He took Labour from Opposition back to Opposition. 


The second major problem exists in the way Corbyn has chosen to disregard the results. One of the key features in the Westminster system is the role of the Opposition. The Opposition in many Commonwealth jurisdictions is often referred to as the 'Alternative Government', as they are supposed to keep the real government accountable, as well as provide plans and visions to assist the government in creating a functional state. Testament to this fact is the existence of the Shadow Cabinet.


However, instead of gracefully accepting the role as Cameron and Miliband did years ago and placing country before political gain, Corbyn has opted to do the reverse. He has opted for political stardom, at the expense of sustainably working to improve the lives of citizens by winning an election and forming a government.


Demonstrations, marches, rousing speeches at concerts, all which are part of Corbyn's modus operandi, will get the country nowhere. What the UK needs at this critical juncture is a group of determined politicians who can all work to get the best out of Brexit, and can lead the United Kingdom to the top of global development once more. Corbyn needs to accept the democratic result; he needs to be patriotic and do what is best for the UK.







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