The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals – Alfred North Whitehead
In a recent post I detailed how, despite my disagreements with some of Corbyns policies, the bloke was one of the only politicians to have the right idea on Syria in terms of bombing not achieving anything productive, and that we should stay out.
I didn’t touch on the fact that I think the, for the most part, the media campaign against him is hyperbole, overstated and a clear transparent attempt to undermine him in the minds of the electorate. Nor that he doesn’t deserve all the over-exaggerated negative press, most of the time.
And quite right too.
For those unaware, Corbyn has gone on record as refusing to back”shoot-to-kill” policy for the police when faced with terrorists like those that rampaged through France last week.
His exact statement was:
“I’m not happy with the shoot-to-kill policy in general. I think that is quite dangerous and I think can often be counter-productive. I think you have to have security that prevents people firing off weapons where you can.” – Jeremy Corbyn
Well Jeremy my old mate, what do you propose the police do when militant terrorists are shooting and beheading people, firing upon police officers and then detonating suicide belts?
What’s your plan? Invite them to cross the police cordon for tea and biscuits? Start a particularly angry leaflet campaign? Offer them a one on one boxing match with queensberry rules?
His supporters are quick to point out that Jeremy is a principled man, and that attacks by the Tories that Labour are now a threat to national security is “Scaremongering”.
Well I’m sorry to say that comments such as this actually add a serious amount of weight to the argument that we would be a lot less safe with Corbyn at the helm. You just cant have a politician that refuses point blank to allow the police to neutralise a clear a present threat, its absolute madness.
You cant just sit on the fence for everything. Some things that need to be done are not very nice, but these are not very nice people! I would imagine that once in the terrible situation where police need to shoot-to-kill, rather than it making the situation “quite dangerous” it was already bloody dangerous to begin with.
And if the toss up is between more innocent people being killed by complete mentalists, or said mentalists being killed by the police, I’m backing the police to kill them all day long. So would most normal people.
And that is Labours current problem. The electorate sent a clear message at the GE that a party wont get elected if they are not trusted on the economy. If you add to that particular fear, the threat that any future PM would endanger the civilian population via such wanton pacifism in the face of an immediate threat, then Labour are not just going to lose the next GE, they will lose even more seats. It would be a rout.