The Wolf of Westminster
Our Political Editor, Patrick Sullivan warns MPs to beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing that is Jeremy Corbyn.
A country divided, protests in the street, questions as to how long the government could last: the Iraq war was the polarising issue of its time and it cast a long shadow over the polarising nature of the Brexit: Endgame.
When Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, he was primarily treated as a come-from-nowhere candidate who had spent his career lingering on the backbenches. However, he was in actual fact a key player in stirring up internal Labour Party dissent regarding Tony Blair’s advocacy for taking military action against Saddam Hussain.
Jeremy Corbyn was elected to the steering committee of the Stop The War coalition in October 2001, less than a month after the unspeakable tragedy that was the September attack of 2001. Contrary to popular opinion, the Stop The War coalition was formed not to oppose the Iraq war, but the war in Afghanistan, the country harbouring the terrorist Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist who had masterminded the evil attacks.
As one can imagine, the sort of people that would form such a group would be thoroughly nasty people with abhorrent views. Such views would include the terrorist attacks being America’s chickens coming home to roost and calls for the extinction of Israel. Although the socialist campaign group of Labour MPs in Parliament all opposed the war, there was not necessarily a direct correlation between membership of such a group and of Stop The War coalition. In this we can find the origin of the differing approaches between Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
Corbyn was elected chair of the Stop The War coalition in September 2011, a position he only relinquished when ascending to the Labour Party leadership only four years later. As a result of Ed Miliband’s change in the Labour leadership election rules, a large proportion of those involved in the Stop The War coalition joined to support their chairman. As such, the Labour Party was taken over by an organisation whose membership had swelled in 2003 in direct opposition to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair’s foreign policy. It is from this that came the anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism that has so poisoned the party of her majesty’s opposition.
To view Corbyn as existing in some line of succession from previous Labour socialists such as Michael Foot and Tony Benn, would be doing them a great disservice. The tradition which Mr Corbyn represents is something altogether far more sinister. He has managed a hostile takeover of the Labour Party. He was viewed as a somewhat harmless grandfatherly figure, but as events have shown, he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The attempts by Mr Corbyn and his politburo of Stalinist advisors to coax Liberals and remainer Tory MPs to help anoint him as a temporary anti no-deal Prime Minister follows in the same tradition and those MPs should beware of what they are being asked to do.
Jeremy Corbyn is more Uncle Joe than Uncle Fluffy. He must not be allowed to launch a hostile takeover of the government of the United Kingdom in the same way that he has done with his own party.
Patrick Sullivan is the Political Editor of The Commentator @PatJSullivan
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