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The third principle, interpreted in the political context, is a licence to deal with a turbulent opposition. It happened more than once in the past. There was the Inquisition, there was the Night of the Long Knives and there were Stalin’s purges, to name a few. So how will Corbyn deal with the opposition? Like President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela.

Predictions are risky things. Fortunately, I have at hand a lengthy article published in Samizdat in 2028 shortly after the election that was called off. It was quite a sympathetic review, although a little ironic, written by a banned faction of the Labour Party who had to go underground. I also have a crystal ball at my disposal. Below, I give a concise summary of that historical Samizdat article with a minimum reliance on the crystal ball.

The general election of 2022 saw a unified Labour Party. Its parliamentary candidates, with a few exceptions, were solidly behind Mr Corbyn. Two ex-Labour MPs stood as independents. After a successful election campaign Labour came to power. They missed an overall majority by just a few seats. However, they were capable of forming a minority government with support of Sinn Fein, who had come on board when Corbyn promised them a referendum on Irish unification (the question whether the South should be invited to vote at the same time was deferred, to be discussed later).

True to the Labour manifesto, the shift of wealth away from the workers was reversed. The minimum wage was increased by 20 per cent, and corporation tax by 10 per cent. Tax on wealth was introduced, and the income tax structure radically reformed. Taxation was to start at an income of £20,000 at a rate of 20 per cent, rising to 72 per cent at £200,000. (The reply to Conservative criticism was that the highest rate had been the same under the first Thatcher government, so what was all the fuss about?)

What did the rich do? Some of them meekly accepted the changes, some of them even supported the new regime, but the majority turned to dubious practices. They not only engaged in tax avoidance, they resorted to all means, legal or illegal, to transfer their assets to countries where capitalism was not only alive but vigorously kicking. They were caught and brought to justice in the courts. Fraud proven, they received long custodial sentences, and their assets were confiscated. Unfortunately, the courts were so overwhelmed that it was necessary to set up People’s Courts (called Revolutionary Tribunals by the opposition) in order to cope with the long queues. The role of the Border Police was reversed. They scanned the seas as before but the aim was no longer to stop illegal immigrants (the hankering after a UK residence became a thing of the past) but to catch those scoundrels who wanted to leave the country in small motorboats laden with gold. There were reports every day in the press of people caught red-handed.
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