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Fintan O'Toole has a long (subscriber only) piece up in the Irish Times saying that if Labour loses the election, it will be all Corbyn's fault. Apparently this is because the public distrust a leader with such an apparent personal dis-interest in power and would prefer to elect a strong man instead - although he doesn't use those words.

I have drafted a Letter to the Editor as follows:

A Chara:-

Fintan O'Toole buys into the media propagated myth that Corbyn is some sort of far-out radical lefty who wants to revolutionise UK society.

But Corbyn gained this reputation for opposing imperialism, Apartheid, and the Iraq invasion; and supporting LGBT rights, a united Ireland, and radical measures to combat climate change before it was either fashionable or mainstream in UK politics to do so.

What were once radical positions are now mainstream, and since his election as leader of the Labour Party, Corbyn has consistently adopted mainstream, centrist and even establishment positions.

He campaigned for remain in the 2016 referendum, he accepted the result as democratically binding, and he tried to keep both Leavers and Remainers on board within the Labour party by adopting a "soft" Brexit policy whereby the UK would retain a close economic relationship with the EU while ending the political union.

It wasn't Corbyn who said f*ck business, starve the Irish into submission, Muslims are bank-robbers and letterboxes, the EU is the new Soviet Union, or the Brexit negotiations would be the easiest trade negotiation of all time; and yet he is the extremist with a limited grasp of reality?

His domestic policies are aimed at reversing years of Tory austerity policies which have resulted in inequality, poverty, and deprivation unprecedented in modern times. If it was possible to fund decent health, educational and public housing policies in highly indebted post-war 1950's Britain, why is that such a radical idea now?

Corbyn may or may not lose Thursday's election, but if he does it will be due in large measure to the success of the oligarch owned UK media in demonising him, with supposedly "enlightened" commentators such as Fintan O'Toole in tow.

Fintan accuses him of being disinterested in power, but that is because he wants to restore power - and a decent quality of life - "to the many, not just the few".

At a time when the United Kingdom has never been so divided, is not a leader who tries to accommodate both Leavers and Remainers, unionists and nationalists, north and south not precisely what the UK needs right now?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 11:43:13 AM EST
Bad press today ...

Apparently Jonathan Stewart agrees.    Last throngs ... hoping for bad weather, poor for incumbent in the lead and good for staunch Labour voters. ☔️🌧

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 12:33:31 PM EST
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