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Opinion Editorials, August 2015
Could Jeremy Corbyn Save Britain from the Wrecking Crew?
By Stuart Littlewood
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August , 2015
The comedians of the British political “establishment” are out in force desperately trying to block Jeremy Corbyn, who is streaking ahead in the Labour Party leadership race and leaving his rivals spluttering in total disarray.
War crimes loon Tony Blair has once more sounded off against him. Savour for a moment Blair’s pearls of wisdom:
Perhaps he needs an appointment with an optician. The rest of us can see quite clearly that the Labour Party is already routed and virtually annihilated, especially here in Scotland, its moral compass swinging crazily and its members paralysed.
Then we had to endure Blair’s unpleasant spin-doctor, Alistair Campbell, a major player in Labour’s eventual demise, declaring on his blog that “the madness of flirting with the idea of Corbyn as leader has to stop… it frankly means ABC, Anyone But Corbyn.”
Or should that read BBC, Back in your Box Campbell?
He even went on to suggest:
Yes Alistair, we saw the devastating fruits of their policy-making at the last election. And the one before that.
Yvette Cooper, wife of Ed Balls, the former shadow chancellor of the exchequer, and one of the leadership contenders, has said Corbyn’s policies are “not credible” and he offers “old solutions to old problems”. She accuses him of “bad economics”, but so far hasn’t come up with any credible answers of her own.
Nor is she likely to. Husband Ed managed to lose his parliamentary seat in May’s general election. That’s what people think of the Balls/Cooper family’s economics.
Liz Kendall, the nightmarish back-marker in this contest, has just squawked her message that electing Corbyn would amount to Labour sending “a resignation letter” to Britain. She, like Cooper, is urging members to use their second and third preferences under the voting system to block Corbyn.
In the meantime, senior Labour people are plotting to torpedo Corbyn if he wins. The Daily Telegraph reports that MPs will refuse to back his policies and only 30 would take jobs under him, leaving many shadow ministerial posts unfilled and Labour in a “laughable” position. Yet latest polls give Corbyn as much as 57 per cent of first preference votes – miles ahead of his nearest rival, Andy Burnham.
Corbyn is our best chance of beginning a process to liberate us from the lunatic foreign policies that have caused great carnage, dragged our country into disrepute across the world, undermined our security at home and been an acute embarrassment to decent Britishers.
The Conservatives can’t keep their noses out of it either. Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock, calling Corbyn a “damaging throwback” and an “antique”, claims that a Corbyn premiership “comes with a GBP 42 billion price tag, which amounts to GBP 2,400 for every working household”. Hancock ‘s party, meanwhile, is happy to sell off the bailed-out bank RBS to their greedy bankster friends at a thumping loss to the taxpayer of GBP 14 billion.
It so happens that Yvette Cooper emailed me the other day inviting me to share with her my reasons for registering as a Supporter of the Labour Party – something non-members are allowed to do (on payment of GBP 3) in order to take part in the leadership vote. Hell, why not, I thought.
I wish I’d included this disturbing thought from Israel Shamir:
But she’s not paying attention. Cooper and her colleagues are too busy demonstrating – every hour of every day – why Jeremy Corbyn is heading for a landslide.
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