On the night that Jeremy Corbyn won,
over on the World TV News Channel,
following a harrowing look at the destruction in Syria
they showed a journalist asking Jeremy Corbyn
where he got his jumper from.
All over the world, within a few seconds,
we viewers could flip from
thinking of whole cities in Syria
lying devastated to:
and I wondered if any journalist has ever put a
microphone under David Cameron’s nose
‘So, Mr Cameron, do you think you can
renegotiate the terms for Britain’s membership
of the EU and where did you get your shirt?’
Following the jumper revelations,
in a matter of seconds,
this world news package wanted to give us
an insight into how people have reacted to
Jeremy Corbyn’s victory
and once again they went to see the
all-in-one, standby, representative British voter:
the bloke in the market selling cauliflowers.
Why is it always him?
Spare him a moment’s sympathy:
Around every election time
thousands of journalists scour the country
trying to put their finger on the pulse
trying to gauge which way the wind is blowing
and they all end up at his market stall.
He’s just trying to sell cauliflowers.
That’s his job.
He goes to a wholesale depot at 4 in the
morning and buys
the cauliflowers that are just on the turn
and puts them on his stall.
He’s tired, he’s cold,
can’t you journalists leave him alone?
he’s just trying to get rid of 50 cauliflowers
and you’re asking him
what he thinks of Jeremy Corbyn?
Who knows -
possibly the only thing he remembers
about Jeremy Corbyn -
thanks to you guys -
is where Jeremy Corbyn
got his jumper.