Who’s your friend who likes to play? (Bing Bong, Bing Bong)

“In a witty piece in the Times, Rachel Sylvester compared Corbyn to Bing Bong, the imaginary childhood friend of Riley, the protagonist in Pixar’s animated film “Inside Out.” In the cartoon, 12-year-old Riley’s emotions are depicted as characters who control her mind’s “command module.” At first, Joy is in charge, but a move to San Francisco causes Fear, Disgust and Anger to take over. As a result, Joy gets lost in Imagination Land, where she meets Riley’s imaginary childhood friend Bing Bong, a pink cat-like elephant whose tears are made of sweets. Sylvester’s clever point is that Corbyn — with his anti-Americanism, his ideas about renationalization and printing money to fund public works — is the Bing Bong of the Labour Party. A loved and lost figure resurrected from the past.

This is very true: Corbyn is Bing Bong! This is why we love him. And, to pursue the analogy beyond Sylvester’s piece, who ultimately saves the day in the film but Bing Bong? Like Bing Bong, Corbyn will sacrifice himself to let someone younger take the helm, but he’s the one we need, at this juncture, to give the Labour Party the momentum to move forward.”

The move to San Fransisco does not cause the other emotions to take over, which leads to Joy’s adventures in Imagination Land. It’s the other way around. There’s a mishap with memory orbits, which leads to Joy’s adventures in Imagination Land, which cause the other emotions to take over. Brush up on your Disney, people!

More importantly, I’m still on the fence about Corbyn. Yet, comparing him to someone who lives in Imagination Land and doesn’t have a grip on reality does not convince me he’s a good candidate for a political leader.

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Who’s your friend who likes to play? (Bing Bong, Bing Bong)

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