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This webpage has been renamed. I had no choice. Jeremy Corbyn will never lead a Labour government. This is no longer the road to Corbyn. We did have a good run – nearly five years of inspiration remains impressive. But Jeremy will cease to be the leader of the Labour Party in early 2020, having been elected leader in 2015. Therefore, this page is retitled as ‘The Road to Justice’. Still the same message, though.

At just past 22.00 hours on 12 December 2019 the UK General Election exit poll prediction was announced. I stared at the screen in disbelief. I went to bed in the early hours before the results were announced for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle - the seat where I canvassed, as part of a large and dedicated team, nineteen times in the previous five and a half weeks for the admirable Paul Farmer, the Labour candidate in this marginal constituency. I awoke the next day to find that the Tory MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle had been returned with an increased majority. Paul had amassed 18,064 votes. The sitting Tory MP had gained 26,764. The Tory majority is now 8,700 votes. It had been only 1,577 votes.

I am gutted - but the resistance began almost immediately.

Objectively, from an academic perspective, it is fascinating and remarkable to observe how on one day in one country a meme becomes manifest. Across the country, a swing to the Tories is apparent, varying between around 5 to 10 per cent on average but still a consistent feature throughout England and Wales. It is a swing shaped by people not voting for the Labour Party and often choosing to vote Brexit rather than Tory in Labour-held seats. Swathes of the electorate had abandoned Labour.

I explore and offer explanations for what happened in the first three of my new series of blogposts that I began publishing on December 14, under the general title of ‘Resistance’. All these and later blogposts can be found underneath in this Resistance column.

The Road To Justice
 
Resistance - Blog Posts
The Labour Manifesto Vision:
A New Internationalism
A Right Royal To-Do:
Did You Know That ....
The Labour Manifesto Vision:
Tackling Poverty and Inequality
Resisting The Tories - Part One:
The Climate Emergency

Taking Resistance Into The New Year -
Understanding Our Labour Party's Defeat

Resistance News - Love In The Corbyn
Family - And Outside
The Resistance Begins -
Still Nailing Johnson
 
 
The Book -
The Road to Corbyn

Rob Donovan (2016), ‘The Road to Corbyn’, Troubador/Matador is a book that has its own life and identity, separate from the political fortunes of the politician whose name I chose to include in the new title when renaming the book in early 2016. I had previously called my reworking of John Bunyan’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’: ‘Deception’ - less daring yet an accurate description of its narrative. The new title was a hostage to the gods of political fortune. But I have always been and remain an optimist.

I am proud of how ‘The Road to Corbyn’ has been received by those who have read my political analysis in my chosen format - a 21st century secular reworking of Bunyan’s 17th century tale of a pilgrim seeking answers to the question of the day: Why is there so much suffering?

The joy of being a success as an author comes when you read the words of an unknown critic who having read your work finds it worthy.

The Road To Corbyn - A Modern-Day Pilgrim's Progress

Here’s Ashley Perks, writing online in his ‘The Platform’:

‘The Road To Corbyn is more than a pastiche of Pilgrim’s Progress, however. If you can get past the allegorical characters and concentrate on what the Interpreter (Donovan, obviously) explains, you get a broad picture of the Left in particular, and the renewed appeal of socialism among Labour supporters. There is also much about the nature of democracy and its alleged abuses by the Right, as well as an offer of alternatives to austerity, market forces and the monetising of healthcare, among other references.

Corbyn’s rise, according to Donovan, was inevitable. Inevitable, too, the concerted effort of the Right, bolstered by a largely sympathetic majority of the (capitalist-owned) media, to trash him.

“Jeremy Corbyn is a man who has consistently seen the world as a fundamentally good place filled with people who are shamefully let down by an elite who are half-crazed by power and wealth,” the Interpreter claims – and this impression is what has clearly galvanised not only the Left, but an increasing number of ordinary men and women who believe that real, practical socialism is finally within reach.

If you believe in socialism, then, Donovan is preaching to the converted, and if you are a sympathetic doubter, you might just be persuaded.’

And here are the words of a Penzance literary figure and performer, Linda Camidge, again unknown to me before I read these unsolicited thoughts on Facebook in 2017:

‘It is a really interesting and unusual book. A Robert Tressell for our times. There are few higher compliments as far as I’m concerned.’

I replied: ‘I’m so delighted – I have just finished reading Robert Noonan aka Tressell … to be compared with the author of “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” is awesome. Thank you.’

Reading a copy of my first book is still very much a worthwhile experience. There is a reference to ‘The Road to Corbyn’ on the cover flap of my second book: ‘The Remarkable Life of Jago Stone’ (2020) – it will be interesting to see how many new readers are drawn to my first work having enjoyed the second. Here is the link for buying a copy of ‘The Road to Corbyn’ directly from me for £9.99, inclusive of postage and packing.


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What Happens Behind Your Back In A Neoliberal Society - Lost Lands Of Britain
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Jeremy Corbyn Led Labour Government
Jeremy Corbyn - A Man Of Integrity
Speaking Truth To Power
How Our NHS Is Being Stolen From Us - 1
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Fishy Matters And Pelagic Monopolies
Cornwall Under The Tourist Surface - 3
Cornwall Under The Tourist Surface - 2
Cornwall Under The Tourist Surface - 1
Witchhunt Has Arrived - The Truth Will Out
The Cost Of Tory Misgovernment Since 2010
Misogyny, Sub-cultures And A Big Thank You
Optimism Over Despair
David Rosenberg On Anti-Semitism
Trump, Fear and Bob Woodward - Part Two
Venezuela - The Other Side Of The Story
Trump, Fear and Bob Woodward - Part One
What Is Corbyn Thinking (Jan 2019)
Jeremy Corbyn's Letter To Theresa May
The Road To Corbyn Vindicated
Death Grief And Art - Pedyr and Mary
Women's Voices On The Road To Corbyn
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Life In An Iran Jail
A Socialist Literary Masterpiece
The Death Of Dr David Kelly
Jeremy Corbyn's Socialist Vision
The Morning Star Lights Up Road To Corbyn
Corbyn Has The Wealthy & Powerful So Rattled
The Road To Corbyn - Tasters - Part Three
The Road To Corbyn - Tasters - Part Two
The Road To Corbyn - Tasters - Part One
Mind Matters In Our Capitalist World - 2
Mind Matters In Our Capitalist World - 1
Jeremy Corbyn Returns To Cornwall
The Road To Corbyn Leads To Tolpuddle
Feedback From Jane Sand - Artist
Jeremy Corbyn's Spirit of '45
Corbyn Move Closer To Being Prime Minister
Jeremy Corbyn's Socialist Vision
The Road To Corbyn - An Introduction
Election 2017 - The Road To Corbyn 1
Election 2017 - The Road To Corbyn 2
Corbyn Is A Very Dangerous Man
Being Trumped - The "Special Relationship"
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The Road To Corbyn - Morning Star Review
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