Socialism triumphs when the state and society are placed under extreme stress and cracks appear. It is no exaggeration to suggest that Attlee would not have won in 1945 if there had not been a World War.
Jeremy Corbyn and his ilk seized the commanding heights of the Labour Party after it lost a winnable General Election through the mismanagement and incompetence of Ed Miliband. Labour, in its weakened state, was easy pickings, especially after Miliband allowed every Left-wing extremist in the UK a vote in the 2015 leadership election in such a way that few could be vetted and excluded.
Corbyn is a revolutionary. Revolutionaries thrive on weakened or debased institutions that are unable to prevent seizure or accumulation of power. It is likely that Corbyn will see premiership as an opportunity to debase and destroy institutions and replace them with ones of his own making, peopled by his fellow-travellers or useful idiots.
Corbyn’s foreign policy is a prime example. Should Israel be required to use lethal force to protect its borders, Corbyn will likely break off diplomatic relations with Israel and could even impose sanctions, including freezing bank accounts. This could have a disproportionate impact on the British Jewish community, who might face prosecution for sanctions-busting or penury if they can’t get at their money, especially if these sanctions were zealously interpreted by any Corbynist fanatics installed in the Treasury or HMRC.
Corbyn could authorise arms exports to Gaza and the West Bank. He could order the British Army to send military advisers to train the Palestinians. He could assemble a maritime aid convoy for Gaza and have it protected by warships of the Royal Navy. What would a Royal Navy Captain do if his path was blocked by an Israeli warship? Would he disobey Corbyn-devised rules of engagement? Mutiny would be a possible option.
There is a precedent. In 1914, the British Army experienced a mutiny when it was ordered by a Liberal government supported by Irish nationalists to suppress Unionists opposed to Home Rule. The issue was not further tested as the Kaiser intervened with his folly in Belgium.
What powers would Prime Minister Corbyn exercise if officers of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces started disobeying direct orders? If the civil service behave in a Sir Humphreyesque way and delay or frustrate radical action, what powers does a Prime Minister have summarily to dismiss the Sir Humphreys and replace them with Wolfie Smiths? A constitutional crisis could ensue. Corbyn could test our uncodified constitution to its literal destruction, then thrive on the destabilisation, especially if it validated the creation of a ‘people’s militia’ to defend him and ultimately replace the armed forces he has always despised and whose disloyalty he could have engineered. The civil service could be supplanted by ‘people’s commissars’.
The outcome could be a written constitution, perhaps with a referendum on whether Britain should become a republic. Certainly the role of Her Majesty in a Corbyn-engineered crisis could be subject to scrutiny. The monarchy could be portrayed as the enemy of the people by anti-monarchist Corbynites.
So much of our institutions is based on the British standards of decency and the personal honour of the people that form them. Unfortunately Corbyn’s people base themselves on Soviet standards of behaviour, where mass violence is justifiable and doublethink pervades. Honour is replaced by rigid ideology. The recent imbroglio over Corbyn’s wreath-laying demonstrates the tenuous connection his people have with the truth. Decent behaviour by the hard Left is rare or non-existent.
I have written before how Communism is actually a weak political force when out of power, but is almost impossible to remove once it gains power. Had a moderate leader been subject to the stresses experienced by Corbyn, personal honour would have dictated his* departure years ago. But holding on to leadership when more decent people would have stepped aside is a feature of the hard Left.
The cornerstone of mainland British politics has been its stability. However that very stability definitely stands in the way of Corbyn’s ambitions. There will be a constitutional crisis and destabilisation of national institutions that we all hold dear should Corbyn become PM as part of a ‘revolution from above’. Given Corbyn’s affinity to terrorists and despots and their power-building, it is inconceivable there won’t be.
*Number of females ever elected to be leader of the Labour Party: zero. Number of female leaders of Warsaw Pact countries 1945-1989: zero. That’s socialist equality, comrades.