Plato And Jeremy Corbyn: “Whose Idea Was This Anyway?”
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation – Plato
Imagine prisoners kept in a cave, and chained in such a way that they are forced to stare at a wall in front of them. Behind them, lies a fire, and between the fire and the prisoners, a raised wall with a pathway. Puppeteers carrying objects in the shape of human and animal figures, as well as everyday items, can walk along this pathway. The prisoners, staring at the wall can only see flickering images of these objects. They think that the images represent reality, rather than a shadow of reality. They know no better, having always lived in the cave.
So what? Well, the problem is, that as we poor humans have been living “down here” for so long, we’ve forgotten or don’t even know about the world “up there”.
Now, from time to time, a prisoner escapes from the cave and manages to find his way to the light of day (assuming that he doesn’t escape at night). And “up there” all is revealed. He runs back down to the cave and tells his fellow prisoners that he has discovered the truth. And the sad thing is, the others don’t believe him and think he’s mad.
He didn’t go on holiday at all during the campaign, as people thought. He had escaped from our cave and managed to get a glimpse of the perfect EU reality. The EU as it should be.
I’m not a member of the establishment, I’m a member of the labour party, and I’m a labour MP. And my socialist views are totally unchanged. Do I think that we can achieve greater social justice across Europe by working with trade unions and socialist parties across Europe? Yes, otherwise I wouldn’t be advocating a remain vote. But mine is not unconditional on Europe by any means. I’m opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which is being negotiated largely in secret between the European Union and the US, because it would import the worst working conditions and standards from the US into Europe. I’m also opposed to the way in which Europe shields tax havens. This country as well shields tax havens. And the way in which systematically big companies are exploiting loopholes in employment law. So I’m calling for a Europe of solidarity, but I would also say that if we’re to deal with issues like climate change, like environmental issues, you cannot do it within national borders, you can only do it across national borders. The refugee crisis has to be dealt with internationally, not just nationally. So I do think working together but mine isn’t unconditional, mine is positioned that I want to remain, in order to work with others to change it.
And what happened?
The Labour party he loved turned against him. The voters deserted him, and the country ignored him.
And, last but not least, he even aggravated the split on Europe in the Conservative party.