JEREMY Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, who will very possibly be Prime Minister before Christmas, marked the fall of the Berlin Wall and the implicit end of Communism in East Germany thirty years ago by publishing in a newsletter he edited an article headlined ‘No cheers here for a united capitalist Germany’.
Mr Corbyn once called Cuba’s Fidel Castro a ‘champion of social justice’ and marked the death of Hugo Chavez in 2013 by tweeting:
‘Thanks Hugo Chavez for showing that the poor matter and wealth can be shared. He made massive contributions to Venezuela and a very wide world.’
Later, in 2015, he was arguing that Venezuela’s achievements ‘in jobs, in housing, in health, in education, but above all its role in the whole world as a completely different place’ were ‘a cause for celebration’.
He saw the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 as a mistake, not because it was an invasion of a sovereign country but because
‘it did irreparable damage to the leadership of the Soviet Union through its cost and loss of life. It was a disaster and a contributory factor – not the only one – to the break-up of the Soviet Union’.
Jeremy Corbyn, Ken Livingstone and John McDonnell were alleged by a Czech spy to have shared information with Eastern bloc agents. Reader, does this surprise you?
Last year, interviewing him on television, Andrew Marr asked Mr Corbyn to accept that capitalism had lifted billions of people out of poverty. The Labour leader entirely refused to do so.
‘Are you going to give us the Chinese economy?’
‘No, absolutely not. China, has grown massively since 1949 and then after the death of Mao and the Great Leap Forward and so on.’
Jeremy Corbyn is not wrong in having argued for years for his country to leave the EU and Nato. He was not necessarily wrong in wanting to get rid of Britain’s nuclear weapons – I did a while back, but realised I was wrong (something Jeremy Corbyn never does). He never changes his mind but he unconvincingly pretends to do so for self-interested reasons.
He lost his undeserved reputation for authenticity by lying about having changed his mind on these positions. More importantly, he held these positions not because he put his country’s interests first, but because he is a Marxist revolutionary, and therefore an internationalist, who thinks patriotism is false consciousness.
He sees the US and Nato as the enemy of the international working class and its substitute (since the working class heavily let Marxists down), oppressed non-white peoples, the poor of the earth.
It is anti-white prejudice, or anti-colonial prejudice, that makes him oppose Israel so ardently.
Janet Daley of the Daily Telegraph, who used to be a Marxist, put it well recently: ‘What Corbyn and his more hard-headed comrade, John McDonnell, are advocating is the programme of the British communist (not Trotskyist) movement. The headline plans include renationalising private industries with compensation to shareholders decided arbitrarily by the government rather than at market value, which is to say the state seizing the means of production on whatever terms it chooses.’