Sunday, 18 March 2018

The attack on Jeremy Corbyn

I haven't watched Mark, the London taxi driver in some time, but he often gets to the essence of things with his rants.

Corbyn again refuses to blame Russia for Salisbury

Look at this. The Daily Mail are in violation of a number of press statutes and laws here - abusing their press license to slander by accusing a sitting Labour Party leader of being a Russian Spy. This is a REAL #FakeNews, and yet, not a word from the vaunted Establishment. Clearly, we have a gang of charlatans and petty fascists running the show...
---Patrick Henningsen

16 March, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn has again refused to directly blame Russia for the Salisbury nerve agent attack, urging the Government not to "rush ahead of the evidence".

In an article for The Guardian, he says Theresa May must remain "calm" and "measured" in what is, he says, a "fevered parliamentary atmosphere".

Mr Corbyn writes: "Labour is of course no supporter of the Putin regime, its conservative authoritarianism, abuse of human rights or political and economic corruption."

But he adds: "That does not mean we should resign ourselves to a 'new cold war' of escalating arms spending, proxy conflicts across the globe and a McCarthyite intolerance of dissent."

A "McCarthyite intolerance" refers to the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.

His words will spark further fury among some of his backbenchers who openly disagreed with their leader after his comments in the Commons on Wednesday.

There is growing tension and uneasiness among many within Labour about his response to the attack.

A group of Labour MPs led by John Woodcock have defied their leader and tabled a motion offering their support for the Government's expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats.

Asked by Sky News whether the UK would be safe with Mr Corbyn in No 10, Mr Woodcock said: "I understand why you ask that question, but I think it's important - at a time when the UK has found itself under attack with chemical weapons - that actually we focus on what the UK Government, the UK state can do and that we all as MPs, of whatever party, give support to that where appropriate."

Mr Corbyn says he supports the actions taken by Theresa May, but would only back further sanctions "as and when the investigation into the Salisbury attack produces results".

The Labour leader has said he believes "the evidence points towards Russia" but his repeated reluctance to point the finger of blame directly at Moscow is angering and concerning many within Labour.

There is a clear divide between Jeremy Corbyn's office and those in the party who struggle with his position on national security and foreign policy.

And it is a division Conservative MPs are keen to exploit in the aftermath of the Salisbury attack.

Tensions within the Labour Party come as a Sky Data poll reveals that 57% of Britons say Jeremy Corbyn is doing a bad job dealing with Russia.

Just 18% believe he is doing a good job on the issue

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