The secret source of Labour's slogans
Jeremy Corbyn’s slogan “For the many, not the few” is widely seen as coming from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Mask of Anarchy, but there are striking parallels with the TV series Game of Thrones, and I thought you should know.
The ‘Sparrows’ are an austere sect of zealots, rejecting the trappings of wealth, dedicated to overturning the system, handing power to the poor thronging the streets of the city.
The armed monks spearheading this are The Faith Militant, a bunch of aggressive, humourless fanatics who believe the end justifies the means, and that everybody else is wrong… pretty much like Corbyn’s Momentum cult, or their predecessor, Militant Tendency.
The whole lot of them are led by The High Sparrow, whose resemblance to Mr Corbyn is uncanny. Put him in a rough serge robe and pair of sandals, and you’ve got The High Sparrow.
It doesn’t stop there. The High Sparrow trots out lines like “Not for the few but the many”, so either he’s been reading Shelley too, or Jeremy Corbyn’s people are secret fans of Game of Thrones.
We know Michael Gove is a fan of the programme: “Winter is Coming” he warned the House of Commons recently, but he’s a Tory so we can ignore that.
When Queen Cersi does her Walk of Atonement through the city, stripped naked, with her hair chopped off and the common people pelting her with filth, the Sparrows lead the way, striking drums and chanting: “Shame. Shame. Shame.”
It’s just like a typical unbiased Question Time audience, specially selected by the neutral BBC, or maybe a branch meeting of Extinction Rebellion?