Mr. Perrin’s blog: “A Word in Your Ear”.
Will 2020 be the year Brexit finally “gets done”?
THE “back-stabbing Labour Party MPs have finally got what they wished for, and done for Jeremy Corbyn, Et Tu Brute?
Would the “disloyal” right wing Labour MPs, and their supporters, prefer their next leader to be, Hilary (Lets bomb Syria) Benn or, even worse, Tony (Blue Labour} Blair? Maybe they are even desperate enough to invite Chuka Umunna to rejoin them as a possible Labour Party Leader.
It could be that a “left of centre” candidate will emerge as Leader of the Labour Party, with “Democratic Socialist” ideals as set out in the Labour Party manifesto for the 12 December 2019 General Election. It saddens me to be told that Jeremy Corbin’s manifesto was considered by some Labour Party MPs to be the main cause for defeat, despite the fact that Brexit, especially the Labour Party’s policy on the issue, was clearly the main reason a large number of Labour Party members/supporters voted Conservative, albeit with gritted teeth. It appears that most Labour MPs believe that only a “Blue Labour” manifesto will make the Party electable thus rendering the Labour Party a slightly right of centre conservative party allied more closely to Conservative party ideals and aspirations than to Labour Party socialist ideals and aspirations.
Politicians would do well to learn a lesson from the Brexit “debacle” over the past 3 years and six months. If you ask the people, by means of a referendum, to decide an issue you are democratically obliged to implement the result, however distasteful that result may be personally or politically. The result of the 12 December 2019 General Election clearly demonstrates that if politicians undemocratically and contemptuously override the will of a democratically arrived at majority, they do so at their peril.
The ”assassination” of Jeremy Corbin by politicians, particularly Labour Party MPs, and the media was appalling and was nothing short of “death by a thousand cuts”. All of them should hang their heads in shame. Mr. Corbin was unrelentingly portrayed as a terrorist sympathiser and anti-Semitic because he expressed sympathy and support for the oppression of the Palestinian people by successive Israeli Governments, most recently the hardline approach of Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
I am not aware that Jeremy Corbyn has ever condoned or approved of acts of terrorism or called for the extinction of the State of Israel nor, again in so far as I am aware, has he been responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths, injuries and sufferings of hundreds of thousands of people military and civilian. It is not anti-Semitic to be critical of the Israeli Government regarding its treatment of the Palestinian people. The Jews do not have a monopoly on suffering and genocide. Mr Corbin is also accused of being anti-British and a danger to the security of the UK because he confesses he would be circumspect about “pressing the button” to launch nuclear weapons.
I would rather future Prime Ministers adopt Mr. Corbin’s cautious approach, and the example set by President Kennedy regarding the Cuban Missile crisis, before plunging the world into nuclear oblivion. I am vehemently opposed to the “don’t mess with us” approach by Tony Blair who in collusion with President George W Bush embarked on a warmongering exercise in the Middle East and committed the UK into taking military action based upon lies about weapons of mass destruction, resulting in massive loss of lives and life changing injuries to both military and civilian personnel and the sad “suicide” of Dr, David Kelley, a biological weapons expert, who was “hounded” to death for political expediency.
Then there was the disgraceful scenes in the House of Commons where Hilary Benn, in a speech advocating “lets bomb Syria” was cheered and applauded by MPs from all sides waving order papers and bellowing their approval. The outcome of that decision has only resulted in more deaths, injuries and suffering, mainly to innocent women and children, which is continuing to this day. The justification of the decision to bomb Syria is debatable, what is not debatable is the conduct of MPs joyfully applauding the decision, their behaviour was an affront to humanity.
My wish for 2020 is that MPs, will be more temperate regarding their behaviour when conducting parliamentary business and debate. That they will accept they are elected to “serve” not too “rule”. That austerity measures should apply to them equally , i.e. a 1% restriction on wage increases includes them, that is how the sincerity of the “we are all in this together” mantra should be judged. That they will be honest, trustworthy and democratic and accept the fact that sometimes the people do know best. That they will not seek to undermine a successful post Brexit in the hope it will validate their previously expressed concerns which at times were exaggerated and scaremongering.
I wish the United Kingdom and all its citizens a happy and prosperous New Year.