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Jeremy Corbyn

"Fuck off, commie"



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Jeremy Bernard Corbyn is a British politician who is the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983 and was elected Labour Leader in 2015. As an MP he is known for his activism and rebelliousness, frequently voting against the Labour whip when the party was in government under New Labour leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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"Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his suggestion that people left homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire could be housed in empty homes, saying the government has the means to seize property."

Private property rights are fundamental the long-run prosperity of nations. Dismantling them will only prove counter-productive, regardless of "good" intentions.

on June 19, 2017

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Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to keep the UK safe after facing questions about whether he would use nuclear weapons.

The Labour leader said he would "invest properly" in the armed forces, promising more ships for the Royal Navy and aircraft for the RAF.

"We will protect the people of this country from any threat that they face anywhere in the world," he said.

In Friday's Question Time special, Mr Corbyn faced hostile audience questions about his stance on nuclear weapons.

on June 5, 2017

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Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby has criticised the “scepticism and lazy pessimism” of the British media ahead of the general election, and claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has not had “a fair deal at the hands of the press”. 

The 78-year-old Question Time chair will on 8 June present the results of a general election on the BBC for the 10th time in his career. Mr Dimbleby, who said he will survive the nine-hour broadcast on election night with a 4am cup of coffee and a “nibble on a bit of banana”, called this year’s race is a “very odd election”.

on June 1, 2017

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Just when Jeremy Corbyn was unmistakably in the election game after an impressive showing in last night’s TV non-debate, he has made a mess of it the morning after.

His interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour was embarrassing. He started badly when he could not say how much Labour’s plans to expand free childcare would cost. “A lot” was the best he could do. Wisely, he didn’t do a Diane Abbott and make up a figure. But there was an excruciatingly long pause while, his interviewer Emma Barnett informed us, he consulted his iPad and was sent a message by his aides. Although he just about managed to remain in what he calls his “Monsieur Zen” mode and did not turn on his inquisitor, he never really recovered his poise.

In the end, Barnett had to tell him the costings of his own policy. She quoted Angela Rayner, the shadow Education Secretary, who had outlined them on Radio 4 a few hours earlier. Corbyn should have had them at the front of his mind, or at least on a bit of paper because childcare was Labour’s chosen issue of the day (as it tried to play on its home ground of public services rather than security or Brexit).

on May 31, 2017

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Jeremy Paxman is known for a tough grilling, but his determination to prove there was a difference between Jeremy Corbyn’s personal views and those in the Labour manifesto appears to have backfired.

Mr Paxman repeatedly pushed Mr Corbyn on why his party’s manifesto contained more moderate policies than those Mr Corbyn might have personally wanted.

“Are you frustrated that so many of your core ideas, your basic principles, did not make it into this manifesto?” Mr Paxman asked.

on May 31, 2017

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Jeremy Corbyn has taken the hugely controversial step of blaming Britain’s foreign wars for terror attacks such as the Manchester suicide bombing.

The Labour leader claimed a link between “wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home”, as he relaunched his party’s election campaign on Friday after the three-day pause.

Mr Corbyn stressed that his assessment is shared by the intelligence and security services and “in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children”.

“Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions,” he said.

But, vowing to “change what we do abroad”, he added: “An informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people, that fights rather than fuels terrorism.

“We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.” 

In the speech, the Labour leader also linked the Manchester atrocity to Theresa May’s failure to ensure “the police have the resources they need”.

on May 27, 2017

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What is the left to do, in the midst of an election campaign cast in the political mood of Brexit, narrow nationalism and a bogus-Blitz spirit? Britain’s snap election, with its looming vision of a juggernaut Tory party sucking up Ukip voters and veering ever-rightwards with regressive Little England homilies, has sent many into despair. But it’s also shaping up as the latest challenge for the populist left trying to face down a rightist surge – incarnations of which we’ve seen play out across Europe.

Populism typically gets a bad rap, as analysts either assume it is under sole ownership of the far-right, or that people-driven policies in either direction are extreme and bad. The left counters that the far-right feasts off a population feeling ignored and neglected by remote politicians, economic despair, disillusion (often cast as voter apathy) and resentment at a tiny elite that increasingly profits while the rest of us struggle.

Such sentiments can drive support in either political direction, although other factors in the mix – hostility to migrants, for example – clearly cannot. This is one way the populist left diverges from liberal centrism. Rather than seeking to accommodate a negative mood over migration (which invariably ends up confirming the far-right’s framing), left populism tries to persuade even those who disagree over “cultural issues” of a common political cause.

on May 13, 2017

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he stands by his view that immigration to the UK from the EU is not too high.

He told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg migrants played a valuable role and he was not proposing new restrictions on the rights of people to move to the UK.

Mr Corbyn has faced calls from some in Labour to harden his party's stance on immigration ahead of Brexit talks.

But although he said in a key speech he was "not wedded" to the idea of free movement, he did not say it should end.

He made clear in a series of media interviews and the speech itself, on Tuesday afternoon, that his aim was to stop the exploitation of immigrant workers by employers rather than directly limit numbers.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said: "Jeremy Corbyn set out today to clarify his party's position on Brexit and to signal a readiness to address voter concerns on immigration.

"However he is facing accusation of confusion after he appeared to backtrack on suggestions he was ready to re-think his support for EU rules on immigration."

on January 11, 2017

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Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at Barack Obama after the outgoing US President suggested Labour under his leadership had disintegrated and lost touch with reality.

In a valedictory interview before leaving the White House, Mr Obama was asked if he feared the Democratic Party would lurch to the left after Donald Trump's election, like Labour in the UK.

And in a brutal assessment of the state of the Labour Party, the President said he had no such worries and even claimed left-wing presidential challenger Bernie Sanders was a "pretty centrist politician" compared to Mr Corbyn.

The criticism provoked a defiant response from the Labour leader's spokesman, who said his ideas were "common sense" to "most people in Britain".

The President's damning verdict on Labour under Mr Corbyn came in an interview with former Obama aide David Axelrod, who also advised Ed Miliband during the 2015 General Election campaign.

Mr Axelrod asked the President: "Are you worried about the Corbynisation of the Democratic Party?

"The Labour Party just sort of disintegrated in the face of their defeat and moved so far left that it's in a very frail state. And there is an impulse to respond to the power of Trump by, you know, being as edgy... on the left."

Mr Obama responded: "I don't worry about that, partly because I think that the Democratic Party has stayed pretty grounded in fact and reality."

In response, Mr Corbyn's spokesman said Labour and the Democrats both "have to challenge power if they are going to speak for working people and change a broken system".

He added: "What Jeremy Corbyn stands for is what most people want: to take on the tax cheats, create a fairer economy, fund a fully public NHS, build more homes, and stop backing illegal wars.

"For the establishment, those ideas are dangerous. For most people in Britain, they're common sense and grounded in reality."

In a letter to The Guardian, filmmaker Ken Loach defended Mr Corbyn and said his critics within Labour were responsible for "any disarray or disunity" in the party.

He said: "This bunch of political losers are intent on the destruction of a Labour Party they cannot control." 

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron mocked Mr Corbyn over the US President's comments, calling them a "wake up call" for Labour.

He said: "Since the General Election, Labour have written the textbook on how to make a divided and divisive government look half competent."

on December 28, 2016

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Human rights protests against the 'human rights campaigner' and leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn are becoming an ever more frequent occurrence.

On Saturday, at an event in which Corbyn was set to give a speech criticising Theresa May's government for its alliance with Saudi Arabia, Corbyn faced protests over Labour's alleged fence-sitting equivocation in the face of Syrian and Russian war crimes in Aleppo.

Syria Solidarity UK, the main group involved in the protests alongside the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, has called on the Labour leader to "break the silence" and unequivocally condemn the bombing of Syrian civilians by the Syrian and Russian governments. The group has also called on Corbyn to supportunilateral UK aid drops to besieged Syrians in Aleppo and the suspension of Syria from the UN.

As with previous hecklings of Jeremy Corbyn by left-wing anti-Assad protesters, the disruption of one of Corbyn's speeches this weekend taps into a wider discomfort with how supposedly anti-war activists respond to bloodshed which doesn't sit comfortably with their anti-American worldview. When Saudi Arabia commits human rights violations it is rightly condemned by the left. When anti-American regimes do the same, too many, including the current leader of the Labour Party, are ready to equivocate or even come down on the side of those violating human rights.

This hypocrisy, as well as the contrast between justified left-wing anger over the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq and an almost total indifference toward to the plight of Syrians (or worse, conspiracy-mongering in which humanitarian groups like the White Helmets are smeared as part of a global Jewish/Jihadist conspiracy), betrays an ideological hangover from the farcical 'socialist' experiments of the twentieth century.

As during the Cold War, the world is divided up in the minds of left-wing activists into rival and manichean 'camps' of good versus evil. More recently, imperialist versus anti-imperialist has replaced capitalist versus socialist as the only dichotomy that matters. Thus countries like Russia, Syria and Cuba may do nasty things, but ultimately they are confronting a far greater evil embodied by the imperialistic United States and its allies.

For groups like the Stop the War Coalition, which Corbyn chaired for many years and continues to support, stopping the war has come to mean little more than ignoring it or keeping one's own hands clean.
Jeremy Corbyn is very clearly influenced by this black and white method of reasoning, if you can call it that. To his starry-eyed supporters, Corbyn has consistently been on the 'right side of history' on matters of human rights, even when backing tyrants himself. Just two weeks ago the Labour leader was lavishing praise on Fidel Castro, a dictator who locked up dissenters, banned independent trade unions and took away the passports of Cubans for half a century – all grave violations of human rights.

Similarly, Corbyn has in the past praised terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and thuggish autocrats like Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. But as with Assad and Putin's war crimes in Syria, these are the human rights abuses it is acceptable to overlook as mere excesses in the bigger struggle between 'imperialism' and its foes.

on December 14, 2016
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