Friday, September 18, 2015

IN DEFENCE OF JEREMY CORBYN

Lets put to one side Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Chancellor's grovelling apology for having opined that he would have liked to assassinate Margaret Thatcher and also for his 'bad choice of words' in calling for IRA terrorists to be honoured as heroes.

Lets not dwell on the fact that a whole raft of senior Labour MPs including Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Chuka Umunna, Mary Creagh, Tristrim Hunt, Rachael Reeves, Chris Leslie, Jamie Reed, Emma Reynolds, Shabana Mahmood and Carolyn Flint have declined to serve in his shadow cabinet and let's ignore reports that the Tim Ferron, Leader of the Liberal-Democrats, has been contacted by text and phone from Labour MPs contemplating jumping ship.

No, I want to comment on the furor that erupted at the sight of Corbyn standing mute when the national anthem was sung at the remembrance service for the Battle of Britain pilots at St Pauls Cathedral on Tuesday.   His action (or lack of) was criticised from across the political spectrum with perhaps the most trenchant comment from the Labour Party Peer, Admiral Lord West of Spithead, who said "Singing the national anthem is a sign of loyalty to the United Kingdom and the British People.   I cannot believe that the people of our great nation could contemplate a Prime Minister who lacks that loyalty".

Jeremy Corbyn should stand true to his beliefs.   If he cannot bring himself to sing the national anthem then that should be that.   It would indeed be hypocritical if he should stand there mouthing the words if he did not mean them.     Corbyn is different.   He should be given the space to do things his way.   The electorate will judge accordingly.

One small word of advice for Corbyn.   It is disrespectful to turn up to a major event such as that in a mismatched suit and with the top button of your shirt undone.   You either show respect or you send someone else in your place.


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