Jeremy Corbyn has been Labour leader for just over 24 hours, and guess what? He’s being criticised already.
Instead of attending The Andrew Marr Show, Jeremy attended a mental health awareness event in his constituency of Islington North. Personally I am very involved with mental health awareness so I am happy he attended this event, but other people are saying that he’s too focussed on his local constituents.
Jeremy has been the MP for Islington North since 1983, which is thirty two years. Clearly, they like him there. In my opinion, he attended this event to a) promote mental health awareness, and b) openly remind his constituents that just because he’s Labour leader, does not mean he’s going to forget about them or their issues. I don’t see anything wrong with it. People have seen lots of Jeremy recently and will continue to see a lot of him over the coming week, particularly after the announcement of his full Shadow Cabinet and his first PMQs on Wednesday. It’s one interview.
One thing I find very admirable about Jeremy is his dislike of personal insults in politics, particularly in the gladiatorial PMQs every week. He’s spoken openly about it, and yet, we have this.
@jeremycorbyn putting locals ahead of country which is aspires to run – showing lack of judgment and absence of intellect on day 1 –
— houseofcommonswatch (@hocwatch) September 13, 2015
Yes, it’s day one. How choosing an event that is clearly important to his area over another media appearance shows an ‘absence of intellect’, I don’t know. People will see Jeremy enough that they will become bored of his face, I can assure you. He did not get elected because he has an ‘absence of intellect’. He’s united support and rallied across the country on his (more left than usual) beliefs which he has maintained for his whole parliamentary career. I don’t see that as a ‘lack of judgement’.
It’s not like he’s skipped a day of work or missed a massive event. Jeremy and the other leadership candidates have all had a non-stop rollercoaster of media events the past few months, and I can’t blame him for wanting to reassure his constituents and attend an important event at the same time.
I’ll leave you with this image from here, which I find very revealing.
I can’t wait to see what Jeremy’s first week will bring.