ANDREW Neil’s evisceration of Jeremy Corbyn on BBC TV showed what many of us know: that the Labour leader is unfit to be prime minister.
Corbyn barely handled the scrutiny Neil put him under on Tuesday night. His contempt for the Jewish community was displayed for all to see after he refused four times to apologise to them for Labour’s role in propagating anti-Semitism.
Reciting his mantra that he has ‘fought racism all his life’ made Corbyn look foolish as he certainly doesn’t apply this to racism against Jews. Earlier in the day Corbyn stood on a platform with Labour candidates accused of anti-Semitism, such as Apsana Begum.
Labour’s selection of candidates with histories of alleged anti-Semitism negates Corbyn’s insistence to Neil that Labour is doing everything it can to combat hatred of Jews in its ranks. Despite Corbyn’s protests that he has stricter procedures in place to deal with anti-Semites in his party, Corbyn neglected to mention that Jennie Formby, general secretary of the Labour Party, has a history of anti-Israel activity, and that prominent MPs including Ian Austin and Dame Louise Ellman could no longer stomach staying members of this cabal. No wonder anti-Semitism is left to fester in Labour.
One of the more disturbing elements to come out of this interview was Corbyn’s inability to answer Neil’s question if he would order UK special forces to kill the Isis leader. Equally alarming was his strange comment on wanting to know who funds Isis. This was a dog whistle to his supporters given that a popular anti-Semitic conspiracy theory among Momentum social media trolls is that ‘Israel funds Isis’. Either Corbyn doesn’t know what he is doing or he is purposely trolling the Jewish community. I think we should be told.
Neil confronted Corbyn on Labour’s proposed £80billion spending spree. Here the Labour leader seemed confused and uninformed. He seemed ignorant of the most basic economic facts. Perhaps he plans to let Chairman Mao’s fanboy, John McDonnell, handle Labour’s economic policies: a scary prospect.
Corbyn’s vague explanation of Labour’s nationalisation policy was deeply worrying. He seemed unable to grasp that his government would go into even more debt should they nationalise private companies. Is Labour planning to seize them without compensation?
Corbyn was ignorant of the fact that the country’s top 0.1 per cent of earners pay 12 per cent of income tax. Increasing tax rates does not lead to an increase in tax take. Labour’s punishing tax manifesto means that most of these top earners, if not all, are likely to leave the country should Labour win the general election. The corporation tax that Corbyn kept muttering about will offer virtually no returns given that business will invest outside the UK when Labour enact their punitive tax regime.
Labour will have to borrow billions to fund their ‘free everything’ schemes, something that our great-grandchildren will be forced to pay off – should any of us survive the socialist ‘paradise’ which Labour plan to turn the UK into. Punishing the rich may feel good in the short term but it’s a pathway to another Venezuela.
Some of what ails the UK could be solved by controlling migration. Free movement, which Corbyn technically pledged to keep, has caused wages to plummet and put extraordinary pressure on public resources. Yet Corbyn stubbornly refuses to perceive this as a legitimate cause and prefers to blame ‘the rich’ for everything, like the good socialist he is. This is regressive student politics in action.
Every potential prime minister must be scrutinised. Corbyn seemed ill-equipped to handle this and was on the edge of losing his temper several times during Neil’s interrogation. Corbyn has shown anger towards journalists who don’t worship him. Is he a tyrant in the making?
After the debate aired it came as no surprise that Corbyn’s supporters attacked Andrew Neil. Corbyn is their Dear Leader and they will not countenance any criticism of him.
Spitting out their well-worn line on social media that Labour’s anti-Semitism is a smear concocted by the Right, they fail to realise that many fear the Left now, and not the Right. Accusing someone of being ‘Right wing’ no longer has the impact that Corbynistas think it does, given the hatred that they have unleashed on Jews, Tories and everyone else they despise.
The rest of us, including the MSM and various media pundits, found the Labour leader’s performance sanctimonious and unnerving.