Unfortunately however, unless I'm willing to fork out the three pounds (or however much the reasonable membership fee is) I, as a member of the Conservative Party, have no say in the outcome whatsoever. Though despite the tragic twist, I am still rather keen to give my two cents on this most tedious matter.
Things are looking good for the veteran lefty MP for Islington North as of late. Recent polling shows Corbyn strides ahead of his identikit rivals, with one poll even giving him a 73 per cent lead among Party grassroots. Now, putting his odious politics aside, I would, as someone who is practically as far from his party as possible, contend that his election to the helm of the good ship Labour would be nothing short of a miracle.
Why? Well some of my comrades on the right, the so called '#Tories4Corbyn', hope that a victory for the left of the Labour Party will pave the way for another Conservative government in 2020, with the country rejecting the rotten ideology of a socialist party, and sentencing Labour to an indefinite imprisonment in opposition. In my humble opinion, this cynical game just simply isn't cricket. The reason for which I spiritually lend my support to the Corbyn camp is because in a world of compromising and mass-produced politicians, he represents a breath of fresh air. If elected, Corbyn would inject a much-needed dose of principle in a political arena sorely lacking.
A vertebrate Labour Party is distant memory these days, indeed never in my lifetime have I witnessed such a thing. The upper echelons of the party long ago began its unprincipled pursuit of power and its betrayal of those it was meant to serve has finally caught up with it. Its voters are flocking to parties more in line with their beliefs and the still among many circles the words 'New Labour' are uttered with a degree of revulsion. Now, obviously I couldn't care less if the Labour Party were to collapse, but what I do care about is politics in general, and from this, I have two major reasons to hail a Corbyn leadership.
Firstly, a government is only as good as its opposition. A Labour Party headed by the principle and acolytes of Corbyn would surely hold a potentially lazy Conservative majority to account, proving to be a lot less collaborative with the party it was established to oppose. Ultimately this can only be a good thing.
The second reason, and one much more specific to someone of my political persuasion is that I believe that a principled Labour Party, that is a Labour Party of the left, would encourage the Conservatives to return to its ideological home, and move way from the flip-floppy centre currently occupied by my party. For me this is an incredibly attractive prospect because I would like to agree with my party's leadership every now and then. As well as this, from the electorate's point of view I suppose it would be nice to have a choice between two parties that actually sit where they belong, something, I think, the nation really is crying out for.
Though admittedly I'm sceptical he can win the leadership contest, I do recognise that Corbyn's ascension to Labour leader will not only serve the interests of those on the right, it would also make for a healthier democracy. One in which the so-far disappointing Conservative government is challenged and the electorate has a real choice come election time. It's just a shame that politics never usually works out how you want it to.