Let me be clear. I have never voted Labour and I can say with some degree of certainty that I never will. I can't recall how I voted in the 1997 general election, the first in which I was old enough to vote, but I do know that It was not for New Labour. I despised and distrusted Tony Blair from the first moment I heard him speak. Where others saw a slick, polished, professional politician, I saw a slippery, affected, insincere opportunist. Only later would I discover that he also believed he was a messiah with a direct line to God.
Mr. Blair, in the United Kingdom at least, was the first of his kind. Not just a politician, but a product, preened and perfected, and put before the populace. And he set the standard. Now, almost every politician is based on, or near, the example set by Tony Blair: slick, polished and professional. We are in the age of the production line politician. They all look the same, sound the same, and say the same things in the same way. But many of them just aren't as good at it as Tony Blair was, and in many ways remains.
Some are. The Conservatives only returned to power when they finally got themselves a leader that looked and sounded like a lot like a Tony Blair. Nick Clegg and David Milliband are other examples of politicians who have it, whatever it is. Chuka Umunna has it.
People like Yvette Cooper, Kezia Dugdale, And Ed Milliband do not. They try to say all the right things in the right way, but they come across as awkward, artificial automatons. No-one really takes them terribly seriously.
Jeremy Corbyn, for me, and for many others, fed up with the slippery, affected, and insincere, was a breath of fresh air. He was a flesh and blood human being, with passion and principles. Almost immediately, Corbyn was attacked by the mainstream media, and by many of his peers, because he didn't look the same as them, or say the same things in the same way. They said that he wasn't a leader.
Only now, that the dust has settled, that the Blairite agitators in the Labour Party have been silenced, do I see that they were right. It doesn't matter that Jeremy Corbyn isn't slick, or polished. It matters that he simply isn't a leader. With him at the helm, Labour is listless and rudderless. At a time when the government of the day is all at sea, the opposition should be sailing ahead. Instead, they are sinking at a faster rate of knots than Team Theresa.
I was never going to vote for Corbyn's Labour Party. I'm done with the UK, and with the parties of the UK. So are many Scots. For those Scots that aren't quite done with the UK, they might want to wake up to the fact that it isn't going to get any better. For the foreseeable future, the UK will continue to be led by people that look and sound like Tony Blair, people who look and sound like Tories. If Brexit means that Britain must sink, they'll make damned sure Scotland goes down with them. It's time we jumped ship and that the vessel and her Captain are our own.