Corbyn’s Peace

Boris Johnson has said Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas on defence in his recent speech are “crazy”. As an Old Etonian I can understand why he might be miffed. Clearly he was convinced that craziness was a privilege that only he enjoyed.

It is true that Corbyn says he will appoint a Minister for Peace. Full marks for trying to change the language but that really is a hostage to fortune.

Will his first task be to offer mediation within the Labour Party?

Perhaps he could also double up as Minister for Brexit?

And a Minister for Peace really does rather suggest a policing role in order to keep the peace, which then seems to imply an interventionist stance. And interventions have not recently been conspicuously successful.

Still he also said “Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country’s security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House”. Here he scores a hit in my view. Just as Harold Wilson (correctly) refused to send troops to Vietnam, so less British hanging on to the coat tails of the US would be a welcome change of outlook.

Trident, the elephant in the room, remains. But the Tories seem to have committed the nation so although Corbyn may not support it I have doubts he would be able to reverse it.

Still he continues to throw the narrative in a different direction and I’m ever more certain that he is sticking to that idea of You Won’t Get a Revolution If You Don’t Ask for One.

And at least his views are a refreshing and admirable change from Mrs May’s policy of light personal attacks and supercilious complaints of how the foreign, Brussels bureaucrats are polluting the purity of the British general election.

Comments

  1. Sean Danaher -

    Blair’s major problem with Iraq was putting too much faith in the Americans and overestimating his influence with Bush – Cheney and Rumsfeld carried far more weight.

    Its a shame that CND is not the force it was; one of my best mates Prof Dave Webb had a criminal record for damaging the fence around Fylingdales.

    Its strange but I look back on the ’70s with great nostalgia; the world seemed filled with possibilities then.

  2. Daniel McAuley -

    I suspect the UK’s determination to renew Trident is more about securing our place on the UN Security Council as permanent members, rather than any belief in it’s ability to act as a deterrent, though with how much it will cost, those in charge don’t want to admit that!

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