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Euthanasia: Application of the lesson from cultural history (Part 2)

SPECIAL FEATURE Defence White Paper: Being defenceless invites attack

CANBERRA OBSERVED Banking inquiry suddenly top of Labor's agenda

EDITORIAL Turnbull's school funding plan will help Shorten

FAMILY AND SOCIETY SSCA embeds sexualisation of children in schools

FEMINISM AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Time is ripe to counter the bad-mouthing with truth

SEX EDUCATION "Gender identity" puts vulnerable kids in danger: Pediatricians

THE GENDER AGENDA When schools make Christian kids feel like the enemy

BRITISH POLITICS Corbyn: eccentric, yes; harmless, not so much

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Dear LGBTQs, Christians want for you what you want


MUSIC Jazz: from common tongue to cliquey dialect

CINEMA The bleak dawn of justice: Batman v Superman

BOOK REVIEW Pius XII acts sub rosa

BOOK REVIEW Meet the new userers


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Corbyn: eccentric, yes; harmless, not so much

by Hal G.P. Colebatch

News Weekly, April 23, 2016

The vituperative split in the higher reaches of the British Conservative Party over the question of Britain’s continued membership of the European Union may have a particularly disastrous side-effect: it may make Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn less unelectable.

Jeremy Corbyn

British Prime Minister David Cameron, though a very good economic manager, shows no understanding of the Gramscian culture-war politics of which the Labour leftists are masters. If he were he would intervene against the idiocies of political correctness that the Corbynite left are pushing.

Leading British Conservative politician William Hague wrote of Corbyn: “I always respected and made time for Jeremy Corbyn … he asked his own questions in the Commons without paying the slightest attention to his frontbench, a quality which, provided it was confined to opposition, seemed to me to be entirely commendable.”

This encapsulates the image many people – particularly those who have no experience of leftist “entryism” into a social democratic party – have of Corbyn: a harmless, rather endearing Uncle Crazy. Cameron, in what may have been a hopelessly naive attempt at Machiavellianism, even gave him tips on political tactics.

Many thumbnail sketches of Corbyn along these lines have been made by Tories wishing to demonstrate their cross-party tolerance: that he may be naive and idealistic but is sincere, likeable and well-meaning. He might break a mould which many think needs to be broken, or at least offer a refreshing change. Many families have an Uncle Crazy whose idiosyncrasies are the subject of affectionate toleration.

There is a dangerous tendency among Tories to regard Corbyn’s objectives and stated policies, such as scrapping the British nuclear deterrent, making taxpayers’ contribution to defence voluntary, and taking Britain out of NATO (while Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles), with the same amused tolerance as is extended to Uncle Crazy’s theories about the Great Pyramid.

The real Corbyn, however, appears to be something less benign: a man consumed by vitriolic hatred of Britain as it is, and a supporter, at least at second-hand, of violent terrorism.

When asked on the BBC if he condemned the IRA’s murder of British soldiers, he five times refused to answer the question and finally hung up. There has never before been anyone similar in such a position in British politics. Even far-leftists like Michael Foot and Anthony Wedgewood Benn, nasty as they were, drew the line at too many supportive links with terrorism.

English political novelists from G.K. Chesterton to John Buchan and Constantine Fitzgibbon have made the same point: the greatest danger to Britain’s polity has not been a foreign invader but an Englishman in power with an unEnglish mind – that is, with no deep, instinctive loyalty to the bedrock traditions and values of British liberal Parliamentary democracy. Corbyn looks like the best real-life candidate ever for such a position.

His closest fictional counterpart may be Braithwaite, the white-haired, well-meaning, desperately sincere, life-long old-time leftist in Fitzgibbon’s 1960s novel, When the Kissing Had to Stop. This begins with Braithwaite coming to power in the British Labour Party over moderate opposition, as Corbyn has done, and then, as Prime Minister, abolishing the British nuclear deterrent. It ends with a Russian army occupying the British People’s Republic. Braithwaite, the Tory opposition and moderate Labour are dead or dying, digging missile silos in Arctic death camps.

In the last few months Corbyn has shown some hitherto unsuspected political ability in crushing Labour moderates and pragmatists and driving them out of positions of power. The IRA and anti-Israel terrorist organisations seem to be among his close ideological and political associates.

The London Daily Telegraph has reported: “For seven years running, while the IRA ‘armed struggle’ [that is, murder and bomb terrorism] was at its height, Mr Corbyn attended and spoke at official Republican commemorations to honour dead IRA terrorists, IRA ‘prisoners of war’ and some active ‘soldiers’ of the IRA.”

The program for the 1988 commemoration, held one week after the IRA murdered three British servicemen, stated: “Force of arms is the only method capable of bringing about a free and united Socialist Ireland.” Corbyn used the event to attack the Anglo-Irish agreement, the predecessor to the peace process.

Corbyn really showed his true colours as a member of the editorial board of hard-left magazine London Labour Briefing, which published an editorial praising the Brighton bombing, intended to murder Margaret Thatcher, in which four Conservative politicians were killed and the wife of Cabinet Minister Norman Tebbit was left wheelchair-bound for life. Tebbit himself was badly injured and Thatcher only narrowly escaped being killed.

London Labour Briefing claimed: “The British only sit up and take notice [of Ireland] when they are bombed into it.” Corbyn also wrote the Page 1 lead of the Brighton Bombing celebratory issue of December, 1984. It also published a letter praising the “audacity” of the IRA and stating: “What do you call four dead Tories? A good start.”

Recently, Corbyn had transferred the emphasis of his support to Hamas and other anti-Semitic terrorist groups, asking some of their most notorious members to the House of Commons and describing them as his “friends”.

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