The Labour Party today released a video of party leader Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly waterboarding a puppy, in what has been widely interpreted as an attempt to boost his popularity following a series of disastrous opinion polls. The video showed Corbyn tying down the young Golden Retriever, before repeatedly pouring water over its mouth to cheers from his assembled Shadow Cabinet colleagues.
It’s widely assumed that Corbyn’s actions are an attempt to increase his popularity, by attracting the support of those who favour animal cruelty and/or really dislike dogs. Whilst this constituency is small in the UK, political observers have noted that it is larger than Corbyn’s current base of support. As a result it appears that the Labour leader is attempting to boost his popularity by associating himself with the more popular cause of animal cruelty.
The incident follows a number of controversies which have damaged Corbyn’s popularity, such as his description of members of the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah as his ‘friends’, and his early refusal to sing the national anthem.
Political observers are expecting Corbyn to follow on from waterboarding a puppy with other moves to increase his popularity. It has been speculated that this could lead to videos being released of the Labour leader sucker-punching a Chelsea pensioner, pulling rude faces at babies and setting fire to a bus stop. He may even decide to take this new tactic to extremes, by for example pledging to buy new Trident launching submarines, whilst not renewing the missiles themselves. Such a policy would boost his popularity amongst those who are completely barmy, another group which is bigger than his current base of support.