Thursday, 3 December 2015
Sticks and Stones...and Bombs
I find it quite interesting how much attention the media, specifically the BBC, have given the reports today that a series of Labour MP's who voted in favour of airstrikes in Syria last night have received abusive messages primarily on social media.
Interesting because it's clear they want to make a much bigger deal about a few anonymous PC warriors calling these people 'war mongers' with 'blood on their hands' than they have done about David Cameron, the Prime Minister, calling anyone who would vote against his proposal, 'terrorist sympathisers'
Why are they doing this?
Because the underhand Blairite agenda is to make allegations against Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership in an effort to topple him, and the biased BBC are happy to perpetuate the myth that these abusive tweets are coming from within the party and specifically Momentum which BBC news today rather murkily referred to as a ''Pro-Corbyn organisation''. What does that even mean? Surely the entire Labour Party should be pro it's leader? Well, clearly it's not and that's because there are elements within who refuse to acknowledge the democratic process and will of the electorate who voted Corbyn into power with a majority.
They don't want to listen to the people, but through their manipulation of the media, it is clear they want the people to listen to them.
For what it's worth Momentum (and yes, I am a member) is a campaign to promote real progressive change in politics at a grass roots level. I see no reason why anyone who really, truly wishes for this would want to slander the names of Labour MP's who make a difference every single day to their constituents but whose opinions on the current crisis in Syria radically differ from theirs. I don't believe these MP's are 'war mongers' (though I do have to point out that the rather unsettling whooping and applauding within the House once the vote came in would give people cause to wonder about their motivations in that respect) and I certainly would not, were I a social media user, take to their Twitter page to call them that any more than I would believe anyone who voted against was a terrorist sympathiser. We all have different reasons and beliefs for taking the stance we have done this week. Who knows, maybe some MP's were cowed into voting yes because they didn't want to be branded a terrorist sympathiser by the government?
At every step of the way Jeremy Corbyn has made it utterly plain that his kind of politics is straight and honest, and that it is both extremely civil and respectful. This is the exact opposite in fact of his own rivals within the party, who are keen to draw a spurious link between him and those people who have attacked MP's who voted yes online. This element within the party believe in a kind of politics that is not straight, that is not honest, and they are not civil and they are not respectful. They are selfish, power hungry, set in their ways individuals who have lost sight of socialism and, on seeing that Corbyn's Labour party is no place for them, they intend to forcibly make it a place for themselves once more.
And all the while, Cameron and the Tories remain off the hook.