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Monday 18 November 2019

Nonentities Diss Corbyn On Nukes

It took until the last week of 2017’s General Election campaign for our free and fearless press to go after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the subject of nuclear weapons. Not so this time round, as the Murdoch Sun has pressed the panic button with more than three weeks still to go. Worse for the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker, the sources they have used to back up their attack are the most insignificant of political nonentities.
The paper even makes room on the front page, alongside the Duke of York’s continuing woes over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, to tell readers “Corbyn blasted in nuke pull-out”, going on to tellPACIFIST Jeremy Corbyn was branded a ‘danger to Britain’ after saying he would be prepared to give up Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent if he becomes PM”. But he didn’t, and note how “pacifist” is bandied around as a term of abuse.

But do go on. “He said the country’s crucial defence system would be on the table in international negotiations as he pledged to give ‘realism to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty’ … And he also refused to rule out scrapping Trident unilaterally as a price for securing the SNP’s support in the event of a hung Parliament after the election”.
This is complete baloney, as even the Sun admits. “Pressed on whether he would be willing to ditch Trident, Mr Corbyn told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘Well they would be part - obviously - if you enter into a non-proliferation treaty discussions then clearly every country's nuclear weapons go into that equation.’” This is not, repeat not, repeat NOT, saying the weapons would be scrapped. Note the phrase “Non proliferation”.

Then it just descends into flat-out lying: “Mr Corbyn was also lambasted after casting fresh doubt over Labour’s commitment to NATO - just a month before London hosts the military alliance’s annual summit”. He didn’t cast any doubt, and he isn’t part of that summit. So the comment is irrelevant. Then came those slagging him off.
Gammon's a little overdone

Ex-Labour MP Mike Gapes warned: ‘Once again Corbyn fails to support Nato. He is not fit to be Prime Minister.’” Mike Gapes. Mike Gapes. Who is fraudulently trying to use the Labour brand to garner votes, despite having left the party. Who is also lying, because Jezza did not “fail to support NATO”. And look who else the Sun is quoting.

And another former Labour MP John Woodcock … said Mr Corbyn was ‘a danger to Britain’”. John Woodcock. Who has never, but never, done other than slag off Corbyn’s leadership. Not even given him a chance. A bitter has-been who talks about “a danger to Britain” but was more than happy to support every last pointless military adventure of the past 20 years - Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria - despite the blowback for the UK.
John Whocock?

Woodcock and Gapes. Two political pygmies with a record of achievement not unadjacent to zero. Eager to go running to the Murdoch press to blubber that the Labour leadership is insufficiently bellicose. Two self-absorbed nobodies willing to put our armed forces in harm’s way, just so they can tell the world that they are strong. And willing to advocate blowing tens of billions on nuclear weapons, when there are millions living in poverty.

As with so many of these attacks, this says so much more about the political bankruptcy of Corbyn’s opponents than it does about him. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Jeff Pickthall said...

Woodcock was, until recently, MP for my hometown constituency, Barrow and Furness. Barrow is where any successor to Trident will be built.

Andy McDonald said...

Funnily enough, I don't recall them describing Trump as a threat to NATO whenever he threatens to quit it.

Mark said...

There's an hilarious column from Richard Madeley in the Daily Express in which he pontificates about having a long memory, long enough to recall the Labour leadership of the '70s and how we mustn't go back there. The usual crap about the dead not being buried appears and rubbish piling up in the streets, all neatly avoiding the fact that this industrial actions were against Tory councils. But he also claims that his long memory recalls the height of the Cold War and claims that 'Marxist' Corbyn would be a disaster because he wouldn't 'press the button'. I call bullshit, this long memory is nothing of the sort; he's clearly just watched the BBC4 Cold War season and it's on his mind. Such an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, Mutually Assured Destruction. Or MAD. The theory being that enemies with nukes scare each other into peace. But it begs the unanswered question: Why then should EVERYONE not have them so there is Universally Mutually Assured Terror, or UMAT?

Or we could always get rid of them altogether as Gorbachev once proposed (fruitlessly) to the empty-headed senile B movie actor Reagan. Needless to say, Reagan followed orders from the Pentagon, the CIA and Foggy Bottom instead. As you would expect from the only nation to needlessly annihilate innocents in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Non-proliferation is no guarantee the same Yank homicidal maniac mindset wouldn't commit the same mass murder elsewhere. It's no more than you would expect from a country built on invasion, paranoia, annexation, genocide, slavery and lying self-righteousness. Doctor Strangelove still lives. And there are British equivalents.

Jonathan said...

Woodcock is affectionately nicknamed the Member for Saudi Arabia,due to his corporate shilling for BAE which builds the nuclear subs in his constituency of Barrow in Furness.

Woodcock and Gapes like their paid for trips by the Saudi Royal Family which the our free and fearless press conviently forget to inform the public and ask the two numpties what they were doing there considering the Khassoghi murder at the hands of the Saudis.

Anonymous said...

Tony Blair’s Trident Doubts:

• "I did not think this was a ‘tough on defence’ versus ‘weak on defence or pacifist’ issue at all."

• "The expense is huge, and the utility in a post-Cold War world is less in terms of deterrence, and non-existent in terms of military use."

• "It is true that it is frankly inconceivable we would use our nuclear deterrent (sic) alone, without the US."

• "So, after some genuine consideration and reconsideration, I opted to renew it (Trident). But the contrary decision would not have been stupid."

Tony Blair in his memoirs (page 635/6).

Denis Healey, Defence Secretary 1964-1970:

"I don't think we need nuclear weapons any longer”

Anonymous said...

Jonathan: You mention Mike Gapes but it is worth pointing out that his alleged concern about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is in strong contrast to his lack of concern about Saudi promotion of anti-Semitism.