Here Is A Security Threatening, Terrorist-Sympathising, Britain-Hating” Ideologue – His Name is Not Jeremy Corbyn
David Cameron has lambasted Jeremy Corbyn as a “security threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating” ideologue in his most vocal attack yet on the newly appointed Labour leader, which was designed to show that he is wholly unsuitable to lead Britain. This is a far cry from Cameron welcoming Corbyn to the first of PMQ’s exchanges in parliament just one month ago where he urged working together in the national interest. “If we can change PMQs, nobody would be more delighted than me.” The session then descended as usual.
Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference in Manchester on Wednesday was designed to show his determination to occupy the centre ground in the wake of Corbyn’s emphatic victory in the Labour leadership contest by setting out an optimistic framework. He pledged to launch an all-out assault on the “scourge of poverty” and to turn the Tories into the party of the “equal shot” by eradicating all forms of discrimination.
A strange statement from a man who has presided over the fastest growth in poverty in Britain in decades. And it is not as though Cameron was not aware of this fact. From the charity Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) – Current government policy will result in a rise in poverty in the UK, according to forecasts by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in Child and Working-Age Poverty from 2010 to 2020. Child poverty will rise to 24 per cent by 2020/21, considerably higher than the 10 per cent target in the Child Poverty Act enshrined into law in 2010 and then scrapped just three months ago.
The prime minister said to treat Corbyn with kid gloves by saying he could not be trusted with Britain’s security. Cameron illustrated this point by highlighting the reported remarks by the Labour leader that the death of Osama bin Laden had been a tragedy.
“A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York,” he said. “A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day. A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit. My friends – we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love.”
David Cameron has once again deceived by his use of language. In 2011 Mr Corbyn, then a backbench Labour MP, being interviewed on television by was highly critical of the lack of any apparent effort to put Osama Bin Laden on trial for his crimes, saying the solution “has got to be law, not war” – and it is that which he describes as a “tragedy”.
Mr Corbyn goes on to state: “There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him (Bin Laden), to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage, been canonised virtually into law by Guantanamo and Bagram”.
Corbyn ended with “Can’t we learn some lessons from this? That we are just going to descend deeper and deeper…”
And, descend deeper and deeper is exactly what has happened under Cameron. Corbin even predicted that Gaddafi would be killed in this interview, which he was after Cameron’s intervention and grand-standing in Tripoli.
The prime minister made clear that the fight against extremism would be one of the defining features of his second term in office.
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Fighting extremism at home means he has refused to share with law enforcement agencies or communications companies the full details of the “snooper’s charter”, raising fresh fears that he is seeking to limit dissent in order to steamroller the controversial laws through parliament. This revelation was described as “extraordinary” by the recently retired leader of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde.
In the meantime, privacy and human rights organisations are being illegally monitored, key individuals and peaceful groups targeted, journalists watched. Cameron is governing a party that is about to destroy the human rights act, has walked over the centuries old Habeas Corpus law and is now plotting to dismantle the Freedom of Information Act. Fighting extremism also means defying the will of parliament, lying to British citizens and bombing foreign nations and then calling them terrorists.
We should all be fearful of Cameron’s second term.
He made no mention of George Osborne’s controversial plans to cut tax credits, which will mean a loss of £1,000 for 3 million of the lowest paid workers already on the brink. And he cynically said he would seek to tackle the “scourge of poverty”.
So embarrassing are the poverty figures for the Conservatives that David Cameron is looking to change the way that child poverty is measured. This was because the figures showed an has increased for the first time whilst on his watch.
“You can’t have true opportunity without real equality,” the prime minister said, whilst conveniently forgetting that Britain is the only country in the G7 group of leading economies where inequality has increased this century. Even The Telegraph agrees that inequality is now ruining Britain. It must be bad.
“And I want our party to get this right. Yes us, the party of the fair chance; the party of the equal shot, the party that doesn’t care where you come from. I want us to end discrimination and finish the fight for real equality in our country today.” This, of course amid a New report that reveals a dramatic increase in hate crimes. We now live in times where there are concerns that growing hostility to immigrants and widespread Islamophobia are setting community relations back 20 years.
Cameron, who knows he has been defined largely by his privileged background, said he recognised that the reality that someone’s salary depended on what their father’s was was more prevalent in the UK than in any other country in the developed world.
How true that is – and his government have done nothing about it. At all. In fact, quite the opposite.
He hailed campaigners for gay rights and suffragettes, saying:“Freedom. Democracy. Equality. These are precious. People fought for them – many died for them in the trenches a century ago; on the beaches, 30 years later; in the suffragettes, in gay pride.
“Half the world is crying out for these freedoms – they see what we’ve achieved with them.” Cameron said he would stand up for the British values of “freedom, democracy and equality.”
The Prime Minister fails to see the damage to democracy, freedom, equality and rights done by his government.
Destructive economic policies, sold to us as ‘trickle down economics’ has clearly failed if poverty rises so dramatically. The long assured expansion of wealth and prosperity has simply failed to materialise for the middle classes and vaporised for everyone else – except the privileged.
An oligarchy has emerged in Britain. Unfettered capitalism is exploiting everything in its path – people especially. Only one in forty jobs created today is full-time and permanent. The rest are part-time or worse zero-hours, of which, there are now nearly two million people who go to work with no idea if there is any. Great if your a corporate employer. Britain is heading towards one quarter of all working families in Britain being on poverty pay causing another social and economic crisis.
This is not what our young men died for in the trenches; our British values are being dismantled – it’s an insult to their memory.
The prime minister confirmed his plan to step down by the election scheduled for 2020, and said he wanted his time in power to be seen as a “turnaround decade” when the UK not only sorted out its economy but dealt with entrenched social problems. He said the Tories should be proud of their journey as a “modern, compassionate, one-nation Conservative party.”
Much of David Cameron’s speech was littered with untruths as determined by FullFact
Compassion and the Tories – in the same sentence? Theresa May’s speech was described by the British press, even the right-wing as “bitter and chilling’, and ‘back to the nasty party’. This is a party governed by someone who was criticised for saying that desperate fleeing refugees was nothing more than a “swarm” trying to reach Britain. Just three weeks ago there were headlines such as “Where is your compassionate Conservatism now, David Cameron?”
Of course in David Cameron’s speech, Michael Gove’s speech, Theresa May’s speech and George Osborne’s speech there was no mention of human rights act about to be abolished. Neither was there a word about the fact that Health trusts are haemorrhaging chief executives under pressure to balance the books and deliver high-quality care, junior doctors and nurses are quitting in droves, GP surgeries are closing at an unprecedented rate and two thirds of all contracts were given to private healthcare companies.
If David Cameron continues to bomb foreign countries and waging war with no domestic mandate or international authority he is threatening the security of Britain.
If David Cameron continues to follow the Obama administration in unwarranted, illegal executions of its own citizens and innocent civilians abroad as described HERE and HERE, then he is inciting and inviting terrorism in our own country. If he continues to embrace the killing of millions of civilians in the middle east is the way to secure our country the result will be that Britain will only experience more terrorism at home.
If David Cameron, under the guise of terrorism, continues to strip citizens of personal security and privacy, destroy decades of laws designed to protect citizens from government over-reach, then he must mistrust all British people irrespective of origin or background.
If David Cameron’s government continues with what many consider to be a spiteful attack on the most vulnerable in society, hard-working families and middle classes in a class war designed to enrich a country run by oligarch’s, many of whom are not British, do not live in Britain and don’t pay taxes in Britain (as in HERE) – then he fosters, facilitates and emboldens the very right-wing who have a deep hatred of all people except the privileged.
On that basis you could say that Cameron’s very strong language that Jeremy Corbyn is a security threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating” ideologue – could easily apply in reverse.
Graham Vanbergen – TruePubica