Nearly a week after the terrorist massacre at the arena in Manchester, the most critical election campaign of the recent political history of Britain recommenced in full. And while in Taormina an enraged Theresa May mended the special relationship, after the Americans leaked to the press valuable information and sensitive images of the attack, Jeremy Corbyn has finally broken the Atlantic taboo that has always made the Labour Party an interventionist appendix of Washington, not much different from the conservatives.
In a speech delivered at 1 Great George Street in London — the same location where Ed Miliband gave his resignation speech after the defeat in 2015 — Corbyn sang it clear and loud to all the sycophants, inside and outside his party, who bombed the Middle East with peace and democracy, making it a powder keg of anti-Western resentment. First of all, the former supreme leader Blair, who had already apologized to the battered Iraqi people for his military filth.
The Labour candidate said: “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home. That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions. But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.”
His words were indigestible for the Tories, in particular the Minister of Foreign Affairs Johnson; he described them as “monstrous.”
In short, Corbyn denounced that the war on terror, drawing on the imagery of Marvel comics, not only isn’t working but is only causing damage. Even so, Brexit or not Brexit, it is absolutely critical that we get a leader like him in the saddle of the most imperialistic country in Europe, and not yet another willing Washington pageboy.
These words of the candidate, which have never been part of the Labour lexicon, in addition to the socialist content of the party’s manifesto that was launched just over a week ago, has kicked the epic ascent of the Labour party. Yes, believe it because now it’s official, as it was in the summer of 2015, when the Corbyn spacecraft landed right among the general bewilderment of the technocrats he had seized: The party is now just five points under the Tories.
It’s still a lot, but almost nothing compared to those 24 points when May decided the blitzkrieg of early elections to inflict on the country 10 more years of Tory leadership determined to carry out the war of the rich against the poor led by the coalition with Libdem in 2010.
The so-called poll of polls, the average of all voting intentions, shows the Labour Party at 35 percent versus 44 for the conservatives.
Was it this embarrassing statistic, despite May’s sober and contrite management of the Manchester tragedy, that induced David Davis, Brexit Minister, to cancel the Friday morning campaign re-launch event at the height of a disastrous week? Of course, but polls have proved entirely misleading. Their political significance weighs nevertheless: For Corbyn, 35 percent means cementing his leadership in the event of defeat; Ed Miliband had stopped at 30.4 percent.
And this comeback is also reflected in the individual popularity of the respective leaders. Where the “strong and stable” May once towered over the “ridiculous and incompetent” Corbyn by an unassailable 52 percent, now the margin is melting like the Arctic ice. Today the difference is 17 percent.
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