Party loyalty still counts

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Could I, a life-long supporter of Sunderland football club, suddenly discard my allegiance and switch to supporting our bitterest rivals just because I dislike our current manager?

Could I, after decades of unwavering loyalty, abandon a life-time’s commitment just because I disagree with his team selections or his on-field tactics, or because he’s deemed incapable of winning any trophies, while their manager is supposedly a greater tactician and motivator?

No, of course not.

A true Sunderland supporter sticks with his/her club for life, not just for a season.

You give your allegiance to the club, to its traditions, not to any particular manager or set of players.

Managers come and go: if they prove useless they eventually get kicked out and the club appoints someone who, hopefully, can deliver success.

Could I, a life-long supporter of the Labour Party, suddenly switch my vote to the Tories just because I’m less than impressed with Labour’s current leader?

Could I, after decades of unwavering loyalty, abandon a life-time’s conviction just because I disagree with some of his pronouncements, or because he’s deemed weak and incapable of ever winning an election, while his opposite number is supposedly strong and dependable?

No, of course not.

A true Labour supporter sticks with the party for life, not just for one election.

You give your allegiance to the party, not to any particular leader or MP.

Party leaders come and go: if they prove useless they eventually get kicked out and the party elects someone who, hopefully, can deliver an election victory.

I won’t be voting for Jeremy Corbyn at the forthcoming election, but I will be voting for the Labour Party.

Ken Jarvis