I remember a good few years ago when I used to read such stuff ‘management and leadership’ books were fond of quoting Sun Tzu’s classic Chinese text ‘The Art of War’ when giving modern leaders things to think about. Wisdom like:
“All warfare is based on deception.”
So, the explanation might go:
“Don’t be so foolish as to let your competitors in on all your thought processes if you seriously want to outsmart them.”
Naturally I’ve thought of all this again during the current omnishambles that is the Labour Leadership Show and have returned to Sun Tzu to look for an opinion. Reckoning that the class war the Conservative enemy is now pursuing against the people of the country is certainly the kind of war we wouldn’t want to lose. And other than the above, I’ve found nothing. Undeterred I’ve decided to make up my own Sun Tzu quote, informed by his above real words, but to fit our current situation:
“After a heavy defeat the wise army recovers its strength in its barracks.”
It’s bad enough for us ‘insiders’ currently being junk mailed and even phoned up by the candidates teams. We’re strong enough to take that and be (relatively) polite about it. But to carry out open internecine war in public? Even to the extent of the Ancient General’s acolytes pompously telling us to vote for ‘Anyone But…one of the Candidates’ (ABC, I see what you did there AC). It’s just plain stupid and a gift of immense value to the enemy.
So, though a recently returned Labour Party member, I suppose what I’m saying here is:
“I didn’t return for this.”
And those films? I don’t think Jeremy’s made one. But Liz and Andy and Yvette have. And they are beyond parody, beyond ‘In the thick of it’ at it’s most omnishambolic. So I won’t link to them. But they are out there, and I so wish they weren’t.
In the end I cast my vote for Jeremy Corbyn, with no second choice. Now let’s have our policy arguments in dignified peace, whatever result this democracy produces.
More of my thoughts on rejoining the Labour Party here.