Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral, saying your moral is not the same as acting morally – Alan Dershowitz.
The campaign for Labour in Oldham, the by-election brought about by the sad death of the Labour MP Micheal Meacher, have been crying “foul” from the rooftops in regards to a leaflet UKIP have produced.
The leaflet itself uses the Labour colours, and lays out the suggestion that Labour stands for uncontrolled immigration, axing our armed forces, abolishing the monarchy and handing over the Falklands to Argentina. At the bottom of the leaflet in small print it states the leaflet is from UKIP.
Labour are pretty miffed about all this for a few reasons, the most obvious being that the leaflet is using the labour colours and thus is somewhat trying to pass as one of their own. The other is that they state the information on it are not official Labour policies and thus its misleading.
Seems fair enough that they would be upset right? Well no, not really.
This is a serious case of pot calling kettle. In the general election Labour quite happily peddled out leaflets claiming that UKIP were going to scrap the NHS, were going to charge to see GPs, were going to give huge tax giveaways for the rich, and introduce higher taxes for hard working families.
UKIP never had any of these policies at all, in fact quite the opposite as detailed in the UKIP manifesto. The closest one having any credibility is that Paul Nuttall said in his personal blog that:
“I would like to congratulate the coalition government for bringing a whiff of privatisation into the beleaguered National Health Service”
“I would argue that the very existence of the NHS stifles competition”
“the NHS … is not fit for purpose in the 21st Century” – Paul Nuttall
So if Labour were allowed to jump all over a comment made by a senior UKIP politician on his personal blog, then it certainly seems fair that UKIP can jump all over comments made by the actual leader of Labour.
Corbyn has been documented on his views of Abolishing the Army like Costa Rica. He is on record as saying he would like to create a joint administration for the Falkland Islands between the UK and Argentina despite the islanders wishes to remain British.
His fierce republicanism and wishes to abolish the monarchy are repeatedly stated via a quick Google search, and lastly, since he has thrown his hat into the “remain” within the EU arena then Labour does indeed support uncontrolled open door immigration, as this is exactly what the movement of people rule is.
So before Labour and Corbynistas start crying foul, they should first look at their own actions in the GE. If its good for the goose, its good for the gander.
If the information in the UKIP leaflet is scares them so much that they think it will affect the core vote in Oldham, that’s because it will.
They are undeniably the views of Jeremy Corbyn, and if the the people of Oldham wont vote for those views, then that is the beauty of democracy for you. The Labour voters of the leadership election wanted a far left leader to bring about change, and fair play to him, he’s at least bring new ideas to the table. Somewhat bizarre ideas by my way of thinking, but at least he’s doing what they gave him the mandate to do.
But Labour need to accept that some of the changes currently being proposed wont go down very well with a large majority of voters. Labour are horrible out of touch with core voters in my opinion and I think we will see this in the Oldham By-election.