Monday, 30 January 2017

I change my mind about Jeremy Corbyn.

The notion that some persons cannot make a good leader or do a particular job is an absolute nonsense. So far they have the necessary qualification and given equal opportunity, training, level playing ground, fair game, justice, fairness and equity and of course the moral support of those being led, anyone can be a good leader or do a particular job. However, if the leader in question chooses to be a dictator and refuses to listen to those he is leading or to leave the scene when the ovation is still at the crescendo, then he becomes a bad leader and unworthy to lead.

I am very sorry that I wrote here sometime ago that I do not trust the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. That was very fast, furious and foolish of me. The conclusion was very immature. Decency and common sense should have dictated that I first give him a chance before condemning him.

It is sad that I spent four years in the best Law Schools (SOAS and Birkbeck) in this country and yet forgot so easily that principal maxim in law that demands that the other party must be heard first or given a chance before being condemned. I sincerely apologize to Jeremy Corbyn and wish him all the best.

Meanwhile, I should be ashamed of myself. Being a black person, one of the greatest hurdles the likes of me face in this country is that the society especially employers judge as failures even before we are given the chance to try and fail. Some of these employers have the mindset that nothing good can ever come out of the black community and therefore are very reluctant to hire us. Most employers would even go as far as thinking that you would be coming to the interview with a gun or a knife. This is sad and the biggest tragedy of our time.

This stereotyping of a particular group of people based on their colour or religion or other characteristics just as President Donald Trump is doing at the moment in the United Sates is sad. It is sad that a whole race, religion or generation is being condemned without even being given an opportunity or the chance to prove themselves. It is even sadder that these people are not being given an opportunity to prove that their colour or religion or other characteristics have no relation or bearing to their ability to do a particular job. It is for this reason that the then Baroness Hale Of Richmond said in Ghaidan v Mendoza [2004]:

"My Lords, it is not so very long ago in this country that people might be refused access to a so-called "public" bar because of their sex or the colour of their skin; that a woman might automatically be paid three quarters of what a man was paid for doing exactly the same job; that a landlady offering rooms to let might lawfully put a "no blacks" notice in her window. We now realize that this was wrong. It was wrong because the sex or colour of the person was simply irrelevant to the choice which was being made: to whether he or she would be a fit and proper person to have a drink with others in a bar, to how well she might do the job, to how good a tenant or lodger he might be. It was wrong because it depended on stereotypical assumptions about what a woman or a black person might be like, assumptions which had nothing to do with the qualities of the individual involved: even if there were any reason to believe that more women than men made bad customers this was no justification for discriminating against all women. It was wrong because it was based on an irrelevant characteristic which the woman or the black did not choose and could do nothing about."

That was actually the thinking that led me not to back Jeremy Corbyn. This thinking that someone cannot make a good leader or do a particular job is absolute rubbish and I deeply and sincerely apologize to Jeremy Corbyn.

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