Elections 3 May 2010 I’ve never been attacked from the left before . . . Jeremy Corybn and I have a row about PR. Sign up to the Staggers Morning Call email * Print HTML How can you not like Jeremy Corbyn? Good old-fashioned lefty, hard-working local MP, pro-Palestinian, anti-war, outspoken on climate change (in contrast to his odd, climate-change-denying brother . . . ) But yesterday, in a live discussion on the Iranian-owned, English-language satellite channel Press TV, Corbyn reminded me of how ugly, dispiriting and out-of-touch Labour tribalism can be. He objected to my support for proportional representation, attempted a half-hearted defence of our monstrously unfair first-past-the-post system and accused me of belittling the arguments in favour of the fabled "constituency link" out of a supposed animus towards "the working class" and towards -- specifically -- Labour's safe seats. I'm not often left speechless -- but then I'm not often attacked from the left. Let me be clear. I oppose all safe seats -- David Cameron's Witney constituency as well as Corbyn's Islington North seat. I'm a democrat first, a leftist second. And as I said at the Vote for a Change launch meeting last year, in a democracy, no politician should be "safe" from the wrath of the voters. Does that not make sense, Jeremy? › Fred Halliday, 1946-2010 Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Expressions of sympathy for terror's victims may seem banal, but it's better than the alternative Is the general election 2017 the end of Ukip? Are the Conservatives trying to change the rules of politics so they never lose again?