Jeremy Corbyn is not only Leader of the Labour Party. He also holds senior positions in some other organisations. For a while he was Chair of the pro-Taliban Stop The War Coalition. He was a vice-chairman of CND, but now is a vice-president. Exactly what is a the difference is probably a matter for a committee room of the ideologically convinced or the CND’s politburo as it should be known. Left-wing politics is conducted in a manner that is far too reminiscent of the USSR.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It may seem as though it exists just to promote a policy of unilateral abandonment of nuclear weapons by the UK as a way to ‘shame’ our enemies. Perhaps some of the well and truly committed imagined that, after the last British warhead had been dismantled and the components recycled somehow, that Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev or their decrepit successors would have a sudden attack of conscience. ‘Comrades’, they would shout, ‘we have been shown the true way by the English! Let us know mobilise our people in a spontaneous popular movement to rid ourselves of these now-worthless pieces of anti-materialistic hardware. The new dialectic has created a synthesis where these capitalist-inspired weapons are redundant in the new communist age.’, or some such.
Probably not. It is more likely they would be doing high-fives round the Central Committee table in the Kremlin while someone broke out the vodka and blinis as the Third Shock Army piled into West Germany. The Soviets planned to attack every non-nuclear NATO country as part of their war plans with tactical nukes. Abandoning our deterrent would have laid us open to a radioactive holocaust. But CND does not dwell on such inconvenient truths.
CND is not solely concerned with leaving this country defenceless in an increasingly hostile world. No, it has become yet another left-wing agitprop group. Not only does it want to bin the nukes, it also wants to promote the increasingly pro-Russian Organisation for Security and Co-Operation on Europe. It is nakedly anti-American, calling for ‘Withdrawal of all US military bases and nuclear weapons from Europe and no nuclear or other expansion of NATO’. Not content with this, CND wants Britain to leave NATO. Perhaps they will call for a referendum. It’s all here in their stated aims.
Crucially for Copeland, where there is a by-election today, CND wants the closure of the civilian nuclear power industry. What this has to do with disarmament is not clear, apart from environmentalism trying to fill the gap left by the loss of credibility of Marxism after the fall of the USSR and the embracing of capitalism by the People’s Republic of China.
CND also want to see if there are alternatives, other than military ones, to dealing with groups of armed psychopaths like Daesh. Perhaps a leaflet campaign to discourage beheading of its captives. Or a march. That seems to be what they do.
Jeremy Corbyn has been heavily involved with CND for decades. He still is.
For Corbyn to turn around in the last few days and weakly state his backing for the local nuclear industry in Copeland is disingenuous. Corbyn is sold to the public on the basis of strongly held and fixed ‘principles’. His hostility to any use of nuclear fission or fusion by the West is a matter of record. Droning on about his new-found support for the proposed Moorside power station is as feeble as Corbyn’s faint support for remaining in the EU, and then solely on the basis of uncontrolled immigration, and environmental and labour rights issues and nothing more.
Corbyn has not stated that his new stance on promoting nuclear energy means he will be quitting CND, even though he now disagrees with one of their core aims. He is a living example of doublethink in action.
As a backbencher with his own neo-communist agenda, Corbyn had the luxury of being able to place his twisted pro-Russian, terrorist-supporting ideology before party and country, safe in the knowledge that so long as he avoided personal scandal, he would always be re-elected by the misguidedly trendy voters of Islington North. However, that comfort does not apply now that he is a national political leader. He now represents the party to the country, and he is doing this badly. It is clear that most of Corbyn’s beliefs are out of tune with popular sentiment or are based on unachievable utopian idealism. He is a worse party leader than Michael Foot and has a fraction of the experience and skills.
The voters of Copeland should not place much hope in the fact that most of the Parliamentary Labour Party disagree with Corbyn, still less should they be fooled by Labour’s obscene scaremongering threatening them with the death of their new-born children should they vote Conservative.
Under Corbyn, Labour can no longer represent the wishes and hopes of the people of Copeland. It is now a vehicle for Corbyn and his metropolitan fellow travellers and their elitist agenda. Instead of abstaining, habitual Labour voters in Copeland should lend their votes to the Conservatives to save their party. Ironically this will be the best way for them to get back the Labour Party they used to know as a powerful political force.