Monday, September 14, 2015

Bashing Jeremy Corbyn

Bashing Jeremy Corbyn

by Stephen Lendman

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Corbyn a threat to national security. More on what he said below.

For the first time in decades, British politics got interesting. Whether Corbyn’s astonishing rise from longtime backbencher to near-overnight Labour party leadership makes a difference remains to be seen. 

One man with perhaps a handful of party supporters trying to change an entrenched system run by powerful monied interests is a daunting task and then some.

Blairites, Thatcherites and media scoundrels oppose him. Labour party supporters are tagged with the pejorative “Corbynista.” “Corbynism” is called isolationist and anti-British.

A hostile London Observer editorial denigrated him, claiming undefined “evidence to suggest voters will resoundingly reject Corbynism in its current form if he makes it to the next election.”

Observer editors claim “lacklustre campaigns of the other candidates” paved his way to victory. Blairism represented by Liz Kendall was resoundingly rejected - getting an embarrassing low 5% support.

Corbyn’s leadership represents “the greatest challenge the Labour party has ever faced,” claimed Observer editors. They’re right saying he’s yet to prove he can change anything - given entrenched monied interests running things unchallenged in all Western societies and most others at the expense of everyone else. 

If Corbyn can shake things up a little, perhaps there’s eventual hope for driving a stake through the heart of Thatcherism and Blairism - for sure no time soon.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is an unindicted war criminal - complicit with Obama’s imperial agenda, threatening world peace. 

Corbyn wants humanity saved from the scourge of endless wars. Who’s the real threat to British and global security? For sure not a peace and stability advocate, provided his actions as Labour party leader don’t stray from his high-minded rhetoric.

The whole civilized world hopes he’s the real thing. War-mongering criminals running Western countries and Israel deplore him. So far, no congratulatory phone call from Obama - or likeminded rogue leaders.

During his London visit last week, Netanyahu snubbed him - deploring his forthright support for Palestinian rights, including vocal opposition last summer to Israeli naked aggression on Gaza.

Cameron’s twitter comment was duplicitous and then some, saying “(t)he Labour party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security.”

Judge for yourself. Corbyn chairs Britain’s Stop the War Coalition. He’s for nuclear disarmament and against US-led NATO’s killing machine.

He wants force-fed austerity ended, harming ordinary Brits to enrich wealthy ones more than ever, as well as reversing welfare cuts to help people most in need.

He urges quantitative easing for ordinary people. Money injected responsibly into economies create growth and jobs. When consumers have money, they spend it. A virtuous circle of prosperity is possible. Western policies benefit monied interests exclusively.

Corbyn supports investing in vital infrastructure projects, public transportation and renewable energy - to end reliance on fossil fuels.

In an August Ecologist article, he said “(o)ur collective aspirations must lie with a greener vision of Britain. And we must reach out to those voters who care deeply about the environment if we are to build the electoral alliance we need.”

“Break up our energy cartels.” “(N)o TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) with the US.” Yes to “clean air to breathe.”

“We are fighting for the same thing: for society to be run in our collective interest (as well as) protecting our planet.”

Corbyn opposes fracking and other environmentally destructive practices. Whether he means what he says has yet to be tested.

Despite over three decades in parliament, he was always a powerless backbencher, never holding a ministerial position, let alone Labour leadership like now.

Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon repeated Cameron’s offensive remark calling Corbyn “a serious risk to our nation’s security, our economy’s security and your family’s security.”

“Whether it’s weakening our defences, raising taxes on jobs and earnings, racking up more debt and welfare or driving up the cost of living by printing money, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will hurt working people,” Fallon blustered.

He ignored Britain’s participation in endless US wars as well as enormous harm to millions of ordinary people under Tory and previous post-Thatcher Labour governments, absurdly saying Conservatives will continue delivering “stability, security and opportunity.”

Brits lacked it since the 1970s. No matter how sincere, Corbyn alone can’t change things. A sustained groundswell of mass support is the only chance, a slim one at best.

Years, maybe decades, are needed to undo the enormous damage done. Most world governments follow the same destructive path as America and Britain.

If Corbyn’s sincere about working for real change, hopefully a strong grassroots majority of Brits will support him - the only chance for anything positive ahead.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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