Today it’s the turn of foreign policy:
- He wouldn’t protect the Falklands. From opposing the decision to protect the islanders in the 1980s, through to criticising the decision to spend money on new defences as recently as March, it seems his belief in democratic self-determination doesn’t extend to the islanders. With his latest plan to offer Argentina shared government of the islands (an idea described by Simon Weston as “repugnant”), it’s no mystery why the Argentine president called him “one of ours”.
- He opposes the special relationship with the United States. Corbyn is nothing if not consistent – even in the 1980s, with the threat of the Soviet Union hanging over us, he was deploring that American propaganda had led us to forget our “mutual interests” with the evil empire. Thirty years on he continues along similar lines, chairing the Stop the War Coalition, which routinely attacks the transatlantic alliance, and urges withdrawal from NATO.
- He defends tyrants – as long as they’re anti-Western. While he blames America for every conceivable sin, he takes a much more forgiving view of their enemies. As James Bloodworth, editor of LeftFootForward, wrote recently: “As well as Gaddafi, Corbyn has in recent years championed/made excuses for Venezuelan autocrat Hugo Chavez, Russian gay-basher Vladimir Putin, the butcher of Bosnian Muslims Slobodan Milosevic and the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.” Bloodworth also notes his paid work for Press TV, the pet broadcaster of Iran’s tyrannical theocracy.
- He calls genocidal terrorists his “friends”. In an age in which we are forced to confront Islamist extremism whether we like it or not, our politicians ought to have a clear view on genocidal, anti-semitic, Islamist terror organisations. Unfortunately Corbyn is willing to share platforms with Hamas and Hezbollah, and even calls them his “friends”. The defence that he simply believes in dialogue rather falls down when one searches for instances of such amicable attitudes towards, say, the state of Israel.