So I have to do something that I don't think I've ever done in almost ten years at this blog - endorse a political party. It's always easier to be a smart-arse if you never say that you're in favour of anything, and if there's one thing that I've done consistently, it's be a smart-arse.
Nonetheless, over the last few days, I've realised that after everything I've said here, I don't really have any choice other than to support a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party and to wish them all the best.
Corbyn's opinions on most of the big issues of the last few
years - austerity and the financial crisis in particular - are closer to
mine than any other recent high-profile politician's have been. I was highly scathing on
Labour's past refusals to fight their corner on issues that were once their bread and butter, such as welfare and human rights, but especially about their half-arsed efforts at resisting theTories' intentional vandalism of public services.
And now we have a senior politician who will actually fight, even if he'll probably lose. I'd be a terrible hypocrite to complain about that, after years of calling for exactly this.
Corbyn's opinion on the use of military whizzbang is nearer mine than I'll get from any other party leader I'm likely to see in my lifetime. He's pretty much the only one since I reached adulthood who even bothers to ask whether bombing campaign (x) has achieveable aims. I rarely shut up about how my opinion on any given war is - as a last resort, when the only other option is disaster. The choices available for that are Corbyn, or nobody.
I've spent years asking for politicians to say what they think, rather than what they think other people want to hear. I've whinged and wailed about how modern political speech amounts to windy ways of saying nothing at all, or saying the opposite of what you appear to be saying. I've called a thousand times for the political class to stop pretending to be frightened by non-stories or outraged by not-scandals, and called for them to focus on just getting shit done, whether that was governing the country or opposing the headbangers that are currently running the place.
On every one of these points, Corbyn is hilariously better than any number of Blairs, Browns, Milibands or Camerons.
I'm well aware that he'll probably never be Prime Minister. In fact, his leadership may well be a disaster. I think that by the time Murdoch is done with Corbyn's Labour Party, they're going to look like they've been gangbanged by a herd of elephants. I think the days when a geezer who looks and acts like a grumpy socialist geography teacher could run the country are long behind us.
Even if everything goes right for the new leadership - and it's going to have to - the violent pushback they'll get will probably end in defeat, whether of the hard-fought or the self-inflicted type. All told, it could even be pretty disastrous, and lots worse than electing one of the sexless New Labour politics droids.
Given the ideal situation, I'd have preferred Corbyn's cabinet to have fewer rough edges and fewer skeletons clattering about in the closet. Nonetheless, I'm only too well aware that it was the desire for politicians who have neither genitals nor body odour that gave us Tony Blair and David Cameron.
So who knows how it'll all turn out? For now, I'll just note that I'd long since given up hope of any major political party ever espousing anything that looked very much like my politics. And now, there is one.
This is a good and hopeful event from my perspective, and although there'll be a billion ways I'll disagree with them, I greatly approve.
Fingers crossed, eh?