We Need To Talk About Jeremy Corbyn

31/05/2017 16:34 BST | Updated 31/05/2017 16:34 BST
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As much as many of us abhor it, personalities have become a driving force of contemporary politics. Whilst JFK was the perennial star of the 1960s, Barack Obama charmed the US with his message of hope in 2008, and Justin Trudeau smirked the Canadian electoral map red in 2015, the British electorate has been largely starved of such charisma.

In fact, the closest the UK has come to this sort of fever pitch was the short-lived hysteria of Cleggmania back in 2010. Since then, voters have been desperately scrambling around for a leader who inspires and restores faith where the process of politicking has habitually sapped it.

In 2017, the electorate believe that man to be Jeremy Corbyn. He's seen as a kind-hearted, authentic, sweet egalitarian. An untarnished anti-establishment man of the people who cares for all - Uncle Jezza. They are wrong.

With Labour's resurgence in the polls comes a very pertinent problem, and as has become commonplace, it is centred on his leadership - or more correctly, his past. Whilst the Conservative Party and Theresa May's indignities abroad, such as the sale of arms to the brutal Saudi Arabian regime, have been well-documented, the small pocket of the press which leans to the liberal centre-left has wilfully failed to hold Corbyn to account.

Most infamous of Corbyn's misdemeanours are his links to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), who killed 1,800 people during the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Corbyn has been routinely accused of siding with the IRA, with links so numerous, the Mi5 opened a case file on the Labour leader in the 1980s. He, alongside his would-be chancellor John McDonnell rallied IRA supporters and both have been accused of boosting their morale, and mourning the death of their members.

Alongside these extensive historic ties to the IRA, Corbyn also sought to make their terrorist activities easier in Parliament by voting against making membership of the IRA illegal. And, even as recently as this General Election campaign, Corbyn flat out refused more than five times to unilaterally condemn the IRA.

Now, even if we do dismiss this distressing dossier with the IRA, there are still many other areas where Jeremy Corbyn's judgement falls foul. Whilst, Corbyn, like many holds the legitimate view that Palestine should be recognised, he has courted controversy by labelling anti-Semitic terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as 'friends', and by laying a wreath for a Palestinian terrorist involved with the attack at the 1972 Olympics.

On top of all of this, the misdemeanour that goes unmentioned the most often is his work for Iran's Press TV. A news channel banned by Ofcom, and one appointed by a brutal theocracy where gay men are murdered for their sexuality, and Jeremy Corbyn worked for them. Re-read that over and over until it sinks in.

During his appearances between 2009 and 2012, between which time Iran hanged 1,314 people, Corbyn claims to have raised human rights issues, but having watched the footage myself, that is outright fallacy. In reality, Corbyn's appearance were merely punditry on international news stories, he espoused very little to challenge the extremely barbaric nature of Iran's social policy.

Corbyn earned £20,000 for his four appearances on Press TV, and claims to have spent that money on his constituency office. He didn't donate it to a human rights charity, or help fund an LGBT+ equality campaign, he gleefully accepted multiple job offers from a murderous state and used that money to further his own career.

How can disaffection with the political process leave so many whimpering in the arms of a man with the poorest judgment of any major British leader in living memory?

Those who are desperate for salvation from a political system that fails to deliver must continue holding out. Jeremy Corbyn is no saviour - he is a false prophet - and the people who want the 'better politics' he pretends to embody deserve better than a man prepared to befriend, mourn and work for terrorists.

The claims from the Conservatives that Jeremy Corbyn is a terrorist sympathiser may be hypocritical but they are not embellished and they are not unfounded. Corbyn is as bad as Theresa May. He does not stand for the many, he is not a nice guy, he is a self-righteous, self-serving crook - plain and simple.