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It’s not me, it’s you: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fails to see that he could ever, possibly, be wrong. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It’s not me, it’s you: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fails to see that he could ever, possibly, be wrong. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It’s not me, it’s you: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fails to see that he could ever, possibly, be wrong. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

In front of around 500 people, Jeremy Corbyn strode on to the stage to the sound of about six hands clapping. "Thank you so much for that warm reception," he said. The reception had not been warm at all, but these were the words he had already decided to say, and so say them he did. It was, in its way, a beautifully clear window into the Corbyn psyche, which is best understood as that of a wasp.

When a dying wasp flies to the top of a window for the 100th time, then stumbles to the bottom and tries again, it is not because it is stupid, as such, it is because it is biologically incapable of learning. It is born and it will die with all the cognitive function it will ever have. It is, quite literally, stubborn by nature.


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