Jeremy Corbyn launches Labour’s manifesto “For the many, not the few”.

It’s bizarre – isn’t it? – the amount of anti-Corbyn propaganda getting blown in our faces right now.

“Corbyn? Nah – he’s no leader.” “He hasn’t got what it takes – I heard it on the radio.”

Oh, really?

What about last year, when members of his own Parliamentary party tried to stab him in the back and throw him out? If he didn’t have what it takes to be a great leader… he’d have gone.

He didn’t go. He stood his ground. And he won – a bigger victory than before.

I’m thinking about this because of my own current situation. For those not in the know, I was accused of anti-Semitism by an organisation calling itself the Campaign Against Antisemitism – for political ends; to stop me from gaining a seat on the local county council. When the accusation hit, there was a lot of pressure against me – especially on the internet. Now, I’m trying to get justice because the accusations were illegal, and I’m having a hard time getting anywhere because of police disinterest.

The pressure is intense. My good name has been smeared and it seems the authorities are keen to rebuff any attempt to rectify the situation. It’s extremely stressful.

And it is nothing like the kind of pressure Mr Corbyn must have faced.

He had people shouting in his face that he should leave. He faced a co-ordinated campaign among members of the party opposed to his leadership, who worked hard to cut his supporters out of the voter base in the leadership election last year. And he had the mass media clamouring for his (metaphorical) scalp every day.

You have to be strong to keep going through all that – and keep faith with your supporters.

Jeremy Corbyn stayed strong. He kept the faith. And he won.

Now he is treated like a rock star wherever he goes.

This is how Leeds welcomed Jeremy Corbyn on May 15.

His policies – revealed in the Labour manifesto – are hugely popular.

But he is still dogged by these moaning minnies, whining that “he’s no leader”.

Somebody should give those people a history lesson.

And me?

Well, I have always said the best form of leadership is leadership by example.

If Jeremy Corbyn can stick it out and win, then so can I.

And so can the rest of us.

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