7 times Corbyn said what every decent person was thinking
- “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu Government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organisations. Nor should Muslims be regarded as sexist, antisemitic or otherwise suspect, as has become an ugly Islamophobic norm. We judge people on their individual values and actions, not en masse.”
Earlier this year, at Labour’s conference on tackling antisemitism within the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn was accused of antisemitism when he allegedly “compared Israel to ISIS”. In fact, what the Labour leader did was make the point that no individual Jewish person should be condemned for the actions of the Israel, in exactly the same way that no Muslim person should be condemned for the actions of the so-called “Islamic State”.
I completely condemn abuse of MPs of any kind. No abuse is carried out in my name. There is no place for this in society or in our politics.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 30, 2016
- “But one I got today really did puzzle me. They said: are you coping with the pressure that’s on you? I said: ‘There’s no pressure on me. None whatsoever.’ The real pressure, the real pressure – real pressure – is when you don’t have enough money to feed your kids, when you don’t have a roof over your head, when you are wondering if you are going to be cared for.”
When Jeremy Corbyn was asked if he was feeling the pressure over the coup from the centre-left, has gave the best reply possible: reminding the Westminster establishment and media just how much pressure people outside political bubble face. Because let’s face it, people who are unsure whether they will be able to heat their homes in the coming months are under a lot more stress than Corbyinstas obsessively checking their twitter feed to check the latest updates from the NEC.
- “There are five declared nuclear weapon states in the world. There are three others that have nuclear weapons. That is eight countries out of 192; one hundred and eighty-seven countries do not feel the need to have nuclear weapons to protect their security. Why should those five need them to protect their security? We are not in the cold war anymore.”
Shortly after he became Labour leader, Corbyn pointed out that 187 of the 192 countries in the world do perfectly well without nuclear weapons, and that a world free of weapons of mass destruction is achievable. Instead of spending £100bn on Trident, we could spend it on our NHS and we could make university tuition free for the next twenty years. Do we really need nuclear weapons?
- “How dare these people talk about security for families and people in Britain? There’s no security for the 2.8 million households in Britain forced into problem debt by stagnating wages and the Tory record of the longest fall in living standards since records began.”
Remember when the Conservatives had an obsession with security? Every policy was linked back to our national security, our economic security, and “your family’s security”. Well, Jeremy rightly pointed out that for every person who has been indebted by Tory Britain, or every person that has been forced into a zero-hours contract that they didn’t want, or every person who has seen their benefits slashed, security seems like a relic from a bygone era.
- “8,000 deaths in Afghanistan brought back none of those who died in the World Trade Center.”
Imagine a world wherein not every single terrorist attack resulted in an immediate call to arms by the leaders of the western world. Imagine if we lived in a society civilised enough to say that when a group of people commit an atrocity against decent people, we do not have to stoop to their level by killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Afghani people. That is the world we would take a step towards if Jeremy Corbyn were Prime Minister.
- “This will set off a spiral of conflict, of hate, of misery, of desperation, that will fuel the wars, the conflict, the terrorism, the depression and the misery of future generations.”
Before the Iraq War, Jeremy Corbyn warned that things could spiral out of control. Tony Blair should have heeded his advice. If he had, perhaps the so-called “Islamic State” would not have taken control of Mosul and Raqqa in the way that it has. Maybe next time the UK should think before mercilessly going to war against a country with no plan for what actions we will take after the conflict.
- “Now, asteroids are pretty controversial. It’s not the kind of policy I’d want this party to adopt without a full debate in conference. So can we have the debate later in the week.”
There was a point just after Jeremy became leader when everything he said was interpreted as an attack on all British people and values. Jeremy Corbyn mocked that in the best way possible: by admitting that the Labour Party needed a debate on whether an asteroid killing all humanity would be a good thing.