I’m sorry. I was wrong about you. I still have my criticisms, for sure – not least on foreign policy and the need for a crackdown on anti-Semitism – but you are a man of steel and for what you have done, you will have my eternal respect and admiration.
You have walked into the midst of the greatest media onslaught any Labour leader has ever faced, and you have humiliated our hubristic prime minister. You have proven that clarity of messaging and an unapologetic social democratic appeal can find widespread resonance in our country.
No, we are not the largest party and for now, the Tories will cling on. But you have put us in a position to win the next election (perhaps later this year?) and you don’t need someone like me to tell you that you have earned the right to stay. You have earned so much more than that.
We’re not there yet, and in the wake of this astonishing resistance, I hope that Labour’s civil war will end and we can unite around a new consensus. We will need to embrace the pluralist traditions of the Labour party to do so, and if you’re as gracious as you usually are, I know you’ll allow even your worst critics in the Party to be a part of that.
I’ll write more about how I think that new consensus might look soon, but for now, take a bow, Jeremy. Take a bow. Frankly, people like me should be listening to you for a good long while, not bleating from the sidelines.
You don’t owe me or people like me anything, although I do owe you an apology. You’ve renewed our party and inspired millions of young people. Thank you, honestly – and the truest thing I can say for now is that you have won my loyalty.
A proud Labour man