Everyone has their favourite Matt. Yesterday’s celebration of the cartoonist’s thirty-year Telegraph anniversary proved this. Except that it didn’t. Now we know that everyone has their favourite Matt — except for Jeremy. Yes, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prime Minister, all of her living predecessors, and pretty much everyone else you can think of paid tribute to Matt Pritchett’s work — many by revealing their favourites — but Corbyn declined, his team claiming “none of the Matt cartoons they had seen about Mr Corbyn were funny”. And that says it all, really.
We can criticise Corbyn’s dangerous approach to national security; we can tear holes in his economics; we can despair about his Brexit dishonesty. But nothing shows more clearly the kind of Prime Minister he would be than his refusal to join in the joy about Matt. That he can’t bring himself to find amusement in a single cartoon poking even the smallest amount of fun at him — and, indeed, that he seemingly couldn’t even conceive of referring to a cartoon that wasn’t about him — says more than any list of his policies or activities past and present.
Corbyn would run his government in the interests of the ruthless and politically-closed group that brought him power: not for all, or even the many, but for the few.