The Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun know their orders for the upcoming General Election: they are to instruct the kinds of people who would suffer gravely from a Tory landslide and a “hard Brexit” to vote for, er, a Tory landslide and a “hard Brexit”. One way to persuade those voters is to frighten them into believing that everyone with nuclear weapons is about to bomb the UK.
Allied to this is the assertion that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is such a complete peacenick that if he were Prime Minister, he would just stand there and watch it happen. It’s the same tired old Sun line from 1983, 1987 and 1992 churned over for the generation that is fortunate not to have had to read the paper during the editorship of the deeply unpleasant Kelvin McFilth. But there is a problem here.
All you Zelo Street regulars will know that while I have been critical of Jezza during his time as Labour leader, that does not excuse the use of falsehood and misinformation to pretend his position is something it is not. So when today’s Sun editorial appeared, screaming “There’s no denying that Jeremy Corbyn has made Labour an anti-nuke party which would leave Britain defenceless”, a little comment was in order.
Whoever wrote the piece got carried away: “Yesterday the party had to remind it's [sic] leader of their stance on Trident ... but despite claiming they'd renew the deterrent, Corbyn would never use it … LABOUR would leave Britain defenceless to a nuclear attack. They can spin it however they like … but under Jeremy Corbyn they are an anti-nuke party”.
Do go on. “The world knows that as Prime Minister, Corbyn - now officially endorsed by the Communists - would never press the button, even in retaliation … North Korea could level London and he would still bleat about a ‘political solution’, of the sort he seems to want negotiated with the savages of IS … As a lifelong peacenik, Corbyn can take no other position … But it confirms his total unsuitability to lead a major nation in a hostile world”.
As Sir Sean nearly said, I think we got the point. The orders have gone out, but whoever wrote this weapons grade drivel failed to engage brain first. North Korea “level London”? North Korea can’t get a test firing off the deck, and even if it could, London is well out of range. Plus perhaps the Murdoch goons would like to tell us how many of those nukes were fired at us in the really scary days of the 60s and 70s? That would be NONE.
And while we’re on the subject of what Jezza would do, this is what he told the host in last Sunday’s interview on The Andy Marr Show (tm). What should the commanders of our Trident submarines do? “Follow orders when given”. Would we use nukes? “I’ve made clear that there would be no first use of it”. No first use. Not “no use at all”, just the same policy that Prime Ministers all the way back to Clement Attlee adopted.
Yes, Jezza wants to have political solutions to conflicts around the globe. But so do all the other political parties - including the Tories.
As usual, the Sun has to peddle the editorial line handed down. It’s only a pity that the whoppers they tell about Corbyn are so obvious. No change there, then.