Jeremy Corbyn was elected as new Leader of the Labour Party just 2 short months ago, but already he has caused mayhem and widespread disunity, hasn’t he? His latest escapade is on Syria, with his abject refusal to even consider attacking our terrorist enemy ISIS in their stronghold there, so has created a major split, and an unstable position for his Parliamentary Party through chasm on beliefs on policy – it may well be a situation from which he will not recover, eh?
His attitude though should come as no surprise to anyone really, because he has held an unsavoury position in Parliament for some thirty years, hasn’t he? He is a renowned terrorist appeaser going back to the days of the IRA, when he gave them succour and support – why would anyone expect him to change now then? He thinks that there should be an united Ireland and there is nothing wrong in having that opinion as such – but having the view that terrorists should be allowed to achieve that by bombs, violence, and the murder of ordinary innocent civilians (including women and children), is a step too far for the average British person to stomach, isn’t it? He (like his shadow-chancellor John McDonnell) has even praised the courage of these morons. Corbyn consistent view is that talking is the way to avoid all conflicts (just like the group of appeasers before WW2 and similar conflict-adverse Conservative PM Neville Chamberlain) – he will find it difficult to convince those whose families have been blown-up by a suicide bomber, don’t you think?
His outpourings hav also increasingly got up the nose of and disgusted ordinary members of the British public, who often take the stance that very important issues like the defence of our Country and the protection of its peoples, should not rest on the basic principles of an undoubted pacifist and veteran of anti-war rallies (whatever the fight is about). Many thought that he would bring a breathof fresh air to modern policics, only to find out that it has been a very bad odour? The proof of the pudding will be there for all of us to see mid next week, when the voting public get a say, won’t it? Labour is a fighting a by-election in Greater Manchester’s Oldham for a traditionally safe Labour seat for 45 years with over fifty percent of the vote, so it will be a fundamental test of public opinion on how well or badly Corbyn is doing – majorities of some past elections of 15000, 20000, 10000, 13000,16000. If these days second placed UKIP do well and Labour do ‘very’ badly, Corbyn’s card will be well and truly marked, won’t it?
This Leader is totally out-of-step with his own shadow-cabinet of course, but claims his views are generally supported by Labour members. Tomorrow is also a crunch point for Corbyn because he faces a showdown with his shadow-cabinet on extending air strikes against ISIS to Syria. He has announced that it is his decision ‘alone’ on whether Labour MPs are allowed a free vote on the predicted Government motion next week – that hardly smacks of democracy or his promise of only weeks ago that the Party would now be open and inclusive, does it? In an attempt to bounce people into submission his demand is that his colleagues listen to the voice of the Party membership, who voted for him. Is that a valid position, do you think? When elected Leader he got a mere quarter of a million votes from Labour activists, while his MPs between them got nearly nine and a half million votes from those that really count, the labour supporting public, at the General Election – who has got the greatest mandate, do you think then? If he does decide to impose a whip we can expect senior resignations as well as significant rebellion (he can hardly expect MPs to toe the line when he has bucked the traces throughout his parliamentary career, eh?).
His anti-action strong stance is despite the fact that the UN Security Council unanimously voted that all necessary measures should be taken against such terrorists (following the massacre by ISIS in Paris).
[Will tomorrow night tell us where Labour is going, or next week even, or perhaps after the May summer local elections, eh?]