The “tragedy” of Bin Laden’s death myth:
Perhaps one the first lies about Corbyn to hit the front pages. This myth suggests that shortly after Osama Bin Laden was shot and buried at sea by American forces, Corbyn gave an interview to an Iranian TV network (make sure you remember the Iranian bit, that’s scary oOoOoOoh!) in which he called the death of the infamous mass murderer a “tragedy”. You’ll notice that one word in quotation marks all alone, I’m sure.
Before 1979, British politics largely consisted of something called the ‘Keynesian consensus’. (I’m not sure if this term has been coined elsewhere, if not I’m happy to take full credit for it). This consensus posited that the key to economic growth and, to a lesser extent some semblance of equality, relied on socialist principles like nationalization, large public spending, and redistribution of wealth. Clement Atlee, the first post-Second World War Prime Minister and arguably the last Prime Minister to implement these kinds of reforms, nationalized public services and major industries and is credited with the creation of the highly-prized National Health Service, despite an enormous post-war deficit.
It’s no secret that I’ve been a Green Party member for about a year now, and I spent a sizeable portion of the pre-election campaign urging people on the left to ditch Labour and vote for the Green instead. The Greens represent everything Labour should be and more, and despite the obstacles they face with out intolerably undemocratic electoral system, it is becoming more and more clear that “tactical voting” and not “splitting the vote” are simply not justification enough for turning your back on the principles you hold dear, and do not yield desired results.
“We simply cannot say to the public you were wrong at the election. We’ve had a serious defeat and we must listen to why” – Harriet Harman, interim Labour leader.
‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’ should be above the door of Labour offices throughout the country, a clear message to any misplaced idealists and progressives hoping to join a party of real opposition. For the whole point of being in opposition is not to convince the public that your ideology is correct, but instead to deliberately misinterpret the vote of 36% of the public as indicative of the entire British public’s view. Never in British history has a party decided to utterly surrender to the will of the other side and prop up its fiscal terrorism, if one excludes the Liberal Democrats, but this is exactly the course that Labour is driving itself towards, and its MPs are not exactly kicking and screaming in rebellion.