Jeremy Corbyn may not drink, smoke, take drugs, eat meat or drive. But he’s become totally hooked on a far more dangerous drug – attention. The fanatical following he gets and loves so much will ultimately be his undoing.
Of course he’s determined not to relinquish it! All this love flowing from fans who treat him like a cross between a pop star and the messiah. Who would? Adoration is far more addictive than anything you can buy in a bottle or a jar. It beats cakes, juicy plump red steaks washed down with a fine claret, the very best drugs or driving around in a BMW or Roller. Attention. It’s what we all want. It’s what we all crave the most. And Corbyn is getting it by the bucket load and he is loving it loving it loving it. He even tweeted – together with a picture of himself – that someone had asked him how, in the face of so much pressure, he just grows more handsome every day. We Are HIS media was the hashtag used by his fawning fans. May just as well have been We Are His World! Because that’s what they believe. They are His world and He is theirs. How deep is their love! They really need to love.
Corbyn is Narcissus, falling in love with his own reflection – the glory reflected back to him by his adoring admirers who can see no wrong in anything he does and whose love for Him just grows and grows. But also like Narcissus, Corbyn will be the author of his own destruction. He’ll gaze and gaze at his own reflection till he’s incapable of doing anything else. The more he gets, the more he wants. A vegan, non-drinking, non-drug taking cyclist has become prey to very worst and most addictive drug there is: adoration is his crack cocaine. An ordinary man supposedly grounded turns out not to be anything of the sort. He is human and like all humans his synapses go into overdrive when he gets something he badly wants, something he badly needs. This supposedly ascetic man is nothing of the kind. He’s a binger. He binges on attention. And he faces one helleva comedown when the circus moves on. Because circuses always do.