Corbyn; 100 days of stone throwing egos

Few leaders have had to dodge as many stones as Jeremy Corbyn in his first hundred days, yet he has survived. Not only that, support from Labour Party Members is impressive and public support is higher than for his predecessors. Only noisy, petulant egos from the party’s recent past have shingle in their pockets.
These egos, inside and outside the party, feel threatened by Corbyn. They have been forced to question their previous efforts, their careers and the essence of who they became.
MPs, journalists and members of civil society aggressively ridicule and write off Corbyn forcefully enough to arouse the psychologist in any observer. Many are of the same age group, the one that caught the Blair bus; the only one offering to take Labour to Downing Street. The pent up excitement back then made it easy for so many to get carried away. It must have run deepest for those inside the Blair project. They finally got a taste of power and the adrenaline rush of working alongside the powerful. There might have been bells ringing about some of the goings on and sacrifices made, but these people were witnessing a Labour government. It was exactly what they’d dreamed of, wasn’t it?
The youthful look of many Corbyn fans doesn’t go unnoticed. To those too young to have boarded the Blair bus, it now seems like one that would fail an emissions test; a diesel engine, now out of vogue that never did much good for the people who breathed the air of the time. Of course, those on board did well for themselves; Blair and Campbell at the wheel, Mandelson dressed a conductor collecting money, and the surrounding staff and privileged passengers on the upper deck enjoying the view and their own career defining moments; shaping their identity and legacy.
Many of those who jumped onto that bus probably grew up with the same values held by the current, young Corbyn supporters. Timing meant Blair was their only hope. The problem for them is the legacy of their commitment. Blair seeped into their DNA and now Corbyn is treated like a threatening foreign body, even though his values are what they once believed in.
Many of those attacking Corbyn cannot admit that their time, efforts and career defining moments are worth less than they believed. They cannot challenge the image they have shaped of themselves. For these people, boarding the Corbyn bus involves introspection of the kind they are just not prepared to take on. To do so threatens to overwhelm their ego. They have to fight this possibility with all the ridicule and stones they can muster.