What encapsulates all of Corbyn's shortcomings in yesterday's PMQs is a lack of drive and ambition. He seems quite content to remain as a critic, rather than a leader, to react, rather than seize initiative, and to create a socialist movement, rather than a socialist country. He is Labour's accidental leader. As if he went out in search for a Cheeseburger and ended up dining at the Ritz.
It was with absolute despair that I witnessed the Tory assault on trade unions being sanctioned by parliament as the Trade Union Bill completed its se...
Having a vegan as shadow minister for agriculture may well upset the cosy rapport farmers have with government at the moment, but I thought that was the point of electing Corbyn in the first place. To think the unthinkable and do what's right, rather than what's pragmatic and expedient to the wishes and votes of vested interests.
The EU is, as it stands, a real brake on further attacks on our rights. EU rules mean that we're not forced to work more than 48 hours per week, that we're entitled to four weeks paid holiday and that part time and agency workers are entitled to equal pay and conditions. Indeed at the heart of EU rules -written into the Charter of Fundamental Rights - is the right to strike.
The UK has a long, proud history of supporting the most vulnerable children. During the Second World War we accepted 10,000 kindertransport children fleeing Nazi persecution. Let us honour this proud history and not turn our backs on the most vulnerable children in Europe today.
Whilst our start was cordially disharmonious, perhaps me and Jeremy Corbyn can take this journey together. Me a new MP, him a new leader. Perhaps we will become less human, more Westminster suited and booted. I doubt either of us will go there willingly or quietly. But we will get closer to it everyday, because when you say what you actually, think and believe, it really hurts when it's dismissed, angrily dissected and ridiculed.
Just as America has become the country where the first "selfie" political candidate - Donald Trump - has emerged, we here in the UK are experiencing a new paradigm, too. I'll call it: "Real". It has begun - as always - with the young. A "zero hour contract" reality; seven professions in a working life; eternal debt; possible no home ownership, all of these factors are very real for a generation that will not only be long-lived, but the ultimate carers of an ageing population growing larger by the year. After the winter snows melt, and the first flowers of spring push through the soil, Jeremy Corbyn may be gone. But the Disrupter has made his mark.
The droughts, the starvation, and the wars can only improve when we wake up to our divisions. Regardless of these imaginary borders, (dis)ability, religions, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender; we're all human beings. Maybe we should start acting like the compassionate and clever animals we can be.
So we keep marching on, mute, smiling, the rational, modern and reasoning inhabitants of this bright shining city on the hill. Or at least, that is the plan our leaders have for us. No wonder recent events pose such a threat. I only hope Jeremy Corbyn can do for climate change what he has done for the pomp and circumstance of the Westminster charade.
The wider point though is not whether or not Jeremy Corbyn sang along to God Save The Queen. The wider point is that he cares more about the young working class men who have fought and died in this nation's wars, most of them wars of empire, than those putting the boot in.
I think most Scots who oppose Tory austerity will feel let down by the fact that Nicola and her SNP colleagues chose constitutional obsessing as their priority, at a time when they could have focused a genuine united front against the cuts. The reality is that they fear a Corbyn led Labour party and a party led by him as a real threat and so they should.
Ignore his policies - and many will choose to - comrade Corbyn has finally buried New Labour. Where Brown and Miliband failed to break with the Party's immediate past, Corbyn has succeeded in making Tony Blair and New Labour old news.
That was the mood at the Refugee March where Corbyn spoke as well as I was strolling around with my camera noticing a sense of unity and hope for real positive change amongst everyone. From people welcoming refugees, to folks providing papers declaring it was the people's victory to the individuals attentively listening to a rarity.
The appointment of John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor is nothing less than a declaration of war on British business by the new Labour leader. Busines...
Mental health affects and is affected by every area of our lives. Our employment circumstances, housing situation, financial security, the quality of our personal relationships, where we fit into our local community - all of these things can have a profound impact on our wellbeing. And all of these things are influenced by public policy.
So Jeremy Corbyn has announced his shadow cabinet and the report card reads, 'tries hard, has to do better'. Better where women are concerned, anyway....