We’re Left Wing, We’re calling it. Corbyn Is Finished

In over two years there has been no substantial evidence whatsoever that the dream of getting Jeremy Corbyn elected at the next general election is even remotely possible.

Before every modern left winger sends the hate mail, let me just make this point. We know it’s largely down to the PLP and we know the bias MSM have played their part in this too. The fact remains we have gone backwards not forwards. 

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At the turn of the year we were told Corbyn was to relaunch himself and the party. However if someone can point out where the relaunch disappeared to that would be great. It’s almost March. Almost three months since the relaunch and all we have had is several car crash interviews from Dianne Abbott, mixed messages over immigration from different Labour MP’s, a mixed message on Brexit and importantly, an unclear message. We have lost Copeland, (no, there are no excuses, the public don’t care if the candidate likes Corbyn or not) and now a ‘soft coup’ has started, out of the public eye. So the public won’t really care what’s going on that much behind closed doors. 

It also comes to something when a Tory MP becomes the first vocal opponent of the government’s PIP cuts.. this should be Corbyn’s bread and butter, and Labours. The messages are being lost. Yes Labour are opposing them, we know that, but who else knew? 

It doesn’t matter why Corbyn has not succeeded, he simply has not cracked this particular nut. The PLP remains (which was a huge mistake, they should have gone at the start), the old Blairites remain in the shadows, the public is no nearer backing Corbyn evidenced by Copeland and the 18 point gap in the polls. Yes, I know, polls don’t mean anything. But seeing as they were usually accurate prior to the last 12 months it appears it’s convenient for us to dismiss them all together now. So I am guessing that in truth Corbyn is the most popular leader around and Labour are going to swoop to power in 2020? No. Didn’t think so. 

There are some who insist in fighting on and fair play to them, you can’t criticise people for trying but sadly I still feel that no matter what happens here on in, Corbyn’s dream is dead in the water. Some people are behaving like a puppy lying by the side of their dead mother dog, pining for them and nudging them in the hope that they will stand up and play with them. Only for those on the outside to see it’s just a sad, sorry sight. 

When Corbyn has gone, some within Labour’s membership will vote for whoever comes to the leadership table, as they say “better Labour than the Conservatives”. Some will move to the Greens, some may back Labour under a fairly left wing candidate like Angela Rayner, some will move back to places like Left Unity, some ‘won’t bother to vote’ again. This will result in two things, the true left and their cause will have been set back several years at the same time as a probable centre left Labour Party re-emerges. Resulting in the original status quo of the Lib Lab Con. The Neocons will have returned. 

We think the long term solution (it won’t happen over night) is for the left to reconvene in one smaller fringe party, propelling it from obscurity into the limelight as what would surely be one of the largest socialist parties in Europe, taking over Labour perhaps? Any injection of membership fees means candidates can stand almost immediately and the battle for the true left begins. The disadvantage is that it will take time to build up MP’s, the advantage is that it will be a wholly left wing party built on truly socialist policies with the mechanism to ensure a left wing candidate goes all the way without any hindrance. The alternative is to keep fighting the PLP on their own turf. 

Even during protests today the flags that can be seen flying are ones promoting the likes of the Socialist Party, you don’t see Labour flags. That has to speak volumes for what the answer should be, Socialist Party or any other party.
Some say that Labour was not theirs (the PLP) to start with. Perhaps not. It was once the party of the left, but the tentacles of the Neocons have reached far into the mechanism like a Cancer merging with the hosts organs. The damage is done. 

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The Left Are Oblivious To What’s Coming 

It’s a popular concensus to suggest that the likes of Trump and UKIP are a danger to us all. Described by some as either far right, right wing or just plain dangerous, the truth is that neither of these two are the real danger facing the left. 

In fact we have been facing this particular danger for many years, the only difference is that the focus has changed and we have put the real danger to the back of our minds. We are being distracted and it’s going to come and bite us all in the backside, hard.

The real danger is Neoconservatism, or Neocon for short. Neither Trump nor UKIP fit this billing. 

Trump and UKIP share a few qualities and they centre around protectionism. This will manifest in a desire to bring back industries lost to Capitalism (or progress), protect ones own country at the expense perhaps of foreigners, protect jobs and importantly keep out of foreign affairs as far as possible. The ideas often result in high levels of nationalism and that can be viewed by some as a good thing and others as bad depending on your take on things. In contrast protectionists do not usually like to interfere abroad, they tend to be militarily neutral and they have no desire to overthrow governments for whatever reason. To do so is considered expansionism or imperialism. It’s therefore extremely important to distinguish between imperialist nationalism and protectionist nationalism and both UKIP and Trump fall into the latter.

Today all the focus is on both of these political entities with UKIP constantly being labelled rightly or wrongly as racist and Trumps inauguration instigating one of the largest ever nationwide protests in US history and huge protests elsewhere around the world. Billed as perhaps the most dangerous man to ever enter the Whitehouse. In some ways that may well be true especially if your concerns are ones around the environment.

Whilst the world gazes almost hypnotically at the Whitehouse and the rise of right wing parties across Europe, the left is almost entirely taking its eye off the real danger. The Neocons. 

It’s not a great leap to suggest that Trump being elected was their plan all along. With the world seemingly turning against Imperialism and Neocons/Oligarchs and their domination under threat, what better way to scare the masses than put someone like Trump into power? 

One conspiracy too far? Perhaps, though the end result of Trumps leadership may well result in something equally as powerful to the Neocons. Cementing for many a year to come their unequivocal power and hold, on the electorate, rolling back the fear the people have of them and instead ensuring that the public embraces them.

Consider the image below; 

Taken from the Vox.com article it explains how Conservatives are trying to literally turn people away from the likes of Bernie Sanders and Socialism such is their fear of real change. In the article it states; 

“Americans needed to be reminded of life under the Soviet Union, arguing that they were insufficiently aware of the dangers of authoritarian states under communism.”

 It goes on to say 

“The panel repeatedly mentioned lessons from countries like Cuba, Venezuela, and the former Soviet Union, saying that millennials had to understand that socialism is inseparable from dictatorship”

If that is not enough to convince you that the Neocons are vying to take back control listen to this recent video featuring Hillary Clinton speaking for the DNC. 

Here she takes credit for the protests against Trump and claims that the Democrats produced the most “radical” set of policies in “history” during the presidential campaign. If you believe any of that then you’re bound to be one of the ones voting for the Neocons at the next election. Heck! She even used the phrase “resistance and persistence” . This is the way it will go between now and whenever the next election is. The Neocons will be brilliantly executing their plans to convince you that Neoconservatism is ‘normal’. Chances are it will work too because the left have taken their eye off the ball. The threat is not Trump, it’s still the imperialist, expansionist neoconservatives. 

They will return to power and when they do they will have a vice like grip on the electorate like never before because, they will say, ‘we never want another Trump in power again’ and with the Conservative youth wings of politics promoting Socialism as ‘bad’ like ‘Communist’ Russia and Venezuela, what chances that people will take another gamble after Trump? 

Meanwhile the likes of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US continue to try to fight the establishment tide within the Labour Party and Democratic Party respectively. 

When will the real left learn? To really make it work you have to break the mould. Stop trying to swing established Neocon parties to your way of thinking. Develop your own party, swell the ranks and turn the election into a genuine three horse race. The establishment clearly won’t allow you to win using their resources. Sure, it won’t be easy in a new party but at least you’ll get the right candidate and you will live and die by your policies and hard work and not at the hands of a secretive, bias DNC or in the case of Labour in the UK, the PLP. 

Perhaps the single biggest stumbling block though is the split running right through the Left at the moment on both sides of the Atlantic between the traditional working class left and the New modern left. I am in no doubt that many working class left, voted for Trump, as are many here in the UK voting for UKIP. 

The new modern left can’t understand this and having never likely been involved in old industries where workers rights and jobs was what it was all about, which includes curtailing migration when it needs to be done, the bridge between the two is hard to gap. 

The new modern left does include what many consider the far-left which entails Open borders and non nuclear policies but getting a traditional working class man to agree with you on those points I am thinking is going to be a tough job. 

As few left wing parties subscribe to this thought process the traditional left are turning to more right wing parties that offer protectionism. 

Unless these issues can be sorted out amongst the left then it will be hard to get a leader they want. Let alone the fact that right now the left are not even focusing on the right threat. The Neocons. It’s time the left opened their eyes to what lies ahead.

Corbyn & Labour: Home Truth’s From The Left

Labours explosion of new members making it the largest left wing party in Europe is down almost entirely to Jeremy Corbyn’s personal views on things such as Nuclear disarmament. 

When Corbyn first came to power it was policies like these that made the headlines and the fact he had rebelled consistently against the likes of the Iraq war when Tony Blair was in power. Here was a man that was truthful, honest and had radical ideas that some on the left held dear. They were policies that would otherwise never have a chance of seeing the light of day in any fringe party. This was their chance to force these issues into the public consciousness. This is how Corbyn came to power and this is why he is popular with many on the left.

The trouble is that those people who support radical or far left policies are not necessarily the same people who would support the traditional working class left in all their guises. 

Sure, the far left would support an end to war and the interference in international affairs and so would the traditional working class but the two would have very different outlooks. The far left would support an end to all forms of military intervention and the abolishment of many aspects of the armed forces. They view the army and its personnel as a spent force in a modern new world. The traditional working class left do not share that opinion. They are actually patriotic in nature and even if it’s not out and out patriotism they do none-the-less believe in their armed forces and the protection they afford the nation. They want a nuclear detterant. They value their armed forces. The differences are slight but significant. 

There are several examples along these lines but perhaps one of the most stark of recent times is the EU referendum. 

The working class traditional left have often been anti EU whilst the Conservative crowd has by and large despite the splits, been in favour of the EU. Cue then the anti establishment anti EU Jeremy Corbyn and surely this was a recipe for success? The Working classes must have been reeling when Corbyn decided to back remain in the EU referendum sparking immediate questions around how honest Corbyn was being with himself let alone the public. No sooner had Vote Leave won the EU referendum and Corbyn was calling for the triggering of Article 50. What was the pro Corbyn crowd going to do with this news? 

In many forums on the Internet if you dared suggest that Corbyn was actually pro Leave but had to campaign for remain due to political internal issues you were told that you were barking mad and that Corbyn was always for remain. Now he backs leaving the EU (with caveats) and that same crowd will tell you that he still believes in the EU and he just accepts the “will of the people”. To them, it’s that simple, unable or unwilling to read between the lines. This is the perfect scenario for him. Back remain and keep the PLP on side and now having lost the EU vote, vehemently back leaving the EU. The truth is, he doesn’t care if we are out of the EU because, actually, it suits him. If he were vehemently for remain he would do an Owen Smith.. after all, surely he wouldn’t lose votes because the Pro Corbyn crowd have always vowed to stick by Corbyn no matter what and then of course they wouldn’t leak votes to the Lib Dems as has been proved in recent by-elections as the Lib Dem share of both votes in Stoke and Copeland increased.  

This goes hand in hand with the mixed messages from various Labour MP’s including those close to Corbyn. Even on Immigration there have been repeat car crash interviews given by Dianne Abbott where she is unable to give a straight answer, contradicting other MP’s like Kier Starmers. We, those close to politics, understand full well the detail behind Corbyn’s immigration policy but the problem as has so often proved to be the case is the message. 

Corbyn supporters are often oblivious to the fact that most people still get their news from mainstream media at 10pm on a weekday night. The message matters and if you cant get it across in two sentences then don’t expect the general public to ‘get it’ . Some will exclaim that people should read Corbyn’s Facebook page or the Labour Party website yet this completely dismisses the issue around political engagement in the country. Here’s the bottom line… 

..most people don’t care enough to bother! 

That’s why they still primarily base their opinions on the 10pm News. Social media serves a purpose up to a point. It didn’t work for Bernie Sanders in the US and it’s not working for Jeremy CORBYN here in the UK. 

There is a good reason why Donald Trump won in the US. There were several long winded reasons but perhaps the one thing that has so often proved to be missing both from Bernie Sanders campaign and indeed Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign is soundbites. Trump is the expert in that regard and he got his message across quickly and effectivley. There is little doubt that his message got across to the disenfranchised and the people most affected by mainstream elite politics. It was this that inspired millions to vote for him. In troubled times people do want change, but they want change they can relate to and understand. It’s this that is missing from Corbyn’s insurgency. It’s this that could eventually wipe him out. 

It’s worth quickly mentioning here that many of the traditional working class won’t care one bit if Trump comes to the UK. It’s not on their list of concerns yet the far left or the new modern left turned out in their hundreds of thousands to protest his visit yet they have not afforded that turnout to any other issue since 2015 during the Union anti austerity protest. It remains to be seen if that many turn out on March 4th. If the new left are not addressing every day concerns here in the UK like this then why should the working class relate to it? 

Do the working classes with all their issues really care about Trump visiting the UK?

It’s no good door knocking, you’re never going to reach enough people to make a difference. Momentum split and that has just watered down the grass roots efforts. The Morning star and the Word newspapers don’t reach enough people to make a difference. What is left to reach the people? Mainstream media? They work with soundbites. Labour needs soundbites to reach the masses and it needs Corbyn to make his positions clear and understandable. 

Very few people, including Corbyn’s detractors, have anything bad to say about the man himself. He is always billed as honest and a man with integrity. It’s not Corbyn himself that is the problem, if people voted based on honesty then Corbyn would win hands down.. That’s got to be an unequivocal fact that can be disputed by no person and if that’s true then you have to ask yourself “why won’t people vote for him?”. If you don’t know the answer, read this blog post from the beginning.

It really doesn’t matter who’s fault it is that Corbyn is in this position, you can blame the PLP, the media, even Corbyn himself, something isn’t working and until those issue are addressed or until we accept the inevitable then this mess will continue. The damage is done and the game is up. Barring a miracle of sorts there is no coming back from this. 
Corbyn perhaps should carry on until there is no juice left in the tank, but what good will that do? 

What the left, working class and modern far left alike, should do is come to a consensus on the way forward. Addressing all the concerns of the working classes and then move forward and if that can’t be done then the far left needs to find and build up a party in its own image. Leave the Labour Party to rot, as it should now do. The Labour Party is without a shadow of a doubt for the centre left ground. It will never be radical nor far left. 

We, the left, should take a fringe party to the next level and make it big, stop avoiding the elephant in the room that Labour is not fit for purpose and focus on forming a new ‘largest socialist party in Europe’ that’s the way to go about this. Some on the far left jumped on a bandwagon at the start but they joined it when it was still in full flow. Now they have weighed the float down and it’s grinding to a halt because the float we find ourselves on wasn’t built for this. 

Forget the Greens, they were not built for this either. If we were honest with ourselves we should know that many of the new Labour members never even supported Labour of modern times, they only support the man at the top and so it needs to be asked, if they like his policies but not the party why did the left never en mass join a fringe left party and turn that into a force instead?

The left needs to regroup and regroup fast. Right now, some are clinging on to the float like that cliff edge isn’t really coming towards them. It is. 

The Scum Bets

You’ll know the story by now. Wayne Shaw the Sutton United reserve goalkeeper ate a pie whilst in the dugout of their FA Cup game versus Arsenal just days ago. Unusual and certainly not professional but it wasn’t until the following morning that it was revealed that it was seemingly part of a bet. 

What’s more it turned out that he knew of the 8/1 odds offered by S*n Bets of him doing so and then let a few of his pals know of the odds. 

Some say he often eats a pie in the dug out and perhaps this is why the betting firm put the odds up in the first place, but regardless of that, the implication is that he helped alter the outcome of those odds and thus broke sporting rules on betting. 

Shaw offered his resignation and was subsequently sacked over the incident and remains under investigation, as does Sutton United.

I am not though going to talk at any great length as to wether he should have been sacked but as it happens we think the club should have stuck by him, instead the real villains here are the betting firm that we ‘lovingly’ call Scum Bets and will refer to them as such throughout this article.

When you place a bet on a football game you are not reliant on one individual to produce a favourable outcome, there are dozens of people involved and various outside influences. Same as most other sports. You could cite snooker as an exception where one individual is capable of throwing an entire game but the betting firm, usually impartial, may lose money on the game that is thrown. Depends on circumstances, you’re also talking about a whole game being often in the full glare of the public.

Yes you can bet on pretty much anything through a bookie but there is often a level of unknowability, an element of unpredictability, that’s why bookies have odds.. the odds of something happening or not happening and the greater chance of something happening, the worse odds you’re likely to get for your money.

Then consider that Scum Bets sponsored this one off Sutton V Arsenal football game. Consider that they would have known about the keepers alleged mid match pie eating antics and then consider they offered what is actually brilliant odds of 8/1. As some have pointed out, if Shaw had seen these odds and decided not to eat the pie, he would still be influencing the outcome. It seems his error was informing a few friends of these odds, but it’s not like they might not have seen these odds themselves at some point anyway and if they already know of his mid match antics then they already have inside knowledge. 

Scum Bets proudly announced how much they paid out in winnings and what brilliant advertising it’s been for them, not heavily out of pocket and the media circus has bought them advertising they could only have dreamed of. 

Who offers 8/1 on wether one individual will eat a pie when they apparently have previous form for doing so? Even if they don’t have previous form for it… why would you put those odds up? Bit random isn’t it? It’s almost like they knew he would do so. 

Shaw may or may not be guilty of collusion but what this does show is that Scum Bets were heavily involved somewhere and wether they actually broke betting guidelines or not they certainly broke a moral code and in the end they ended one man’s footballing days and they walk away the Victor’s financially. They should be paying Shaw a payout if only out of goodwill. As compensation for messing around with the system. Unless of course he was involved directly, in which case he gets what he deserves but that investigation is ongoing. In any case this is after all just Sutton United and a reserve keeper who is as much danger to his opponents as a tortoise is to a cheetah in a running race. Let the man have his place back. 

As for Scum Bets, they should hang their head in shame, after all, they must be used to it by now. Many places put an asterisk in place of the ‘u’ in the word S*n and Liverpool has dropped the rag of a paper from the City altogether. Good job too. 

From Rebecca Brooks’ special relationship with Prime Minster David Cameron to the phone tapping scandal, from the denigration of the memories of the Hillsborough victims to their sensationalist headlines and from their outright lies to their outright bias the S*n along with Scum Bets should be put to the history books.

How To Recognise Class Difference 

The working classes, also known as the lower classes or the unemployed or working poor are statistically in decline according to the UK government. Wether you believe that claim is likely dependent on what statistics you believe and how you define class itself. 

So much has changed, much of it manufactured to cement the elite, the oligarchs and the corporate Capitalists in their safe space. 

So how do we define class? I could bore you with a thesis, perhaps an essay or well researched article but today I think it’s more pertinent to describe things exactly as they are in layman’s terms. 

The working classes tend to be the ones who give a damn about everyone to one degree or another, including themselves. They know what it’s like to suffer themselves at the bottom rung of society so develop an understanding of others and their positions. Empathy and even sympathy are two of the greatest traits of the working classes. Hardy, forgiving and loyal in the extreme to either family or country and fellow man or perhaps all three and nor do they suffer fools. This is not to say they are perfect, far from it, the working classes are just human after all. They can be dramatic, as unforgiving as forgiving and sometimes they will let you know in no uncertain terms how they feel about your sense of entitlement.. especially if you’re the next class.. the middles class. 

So how can you spot the middle classes? They tend to be the ones that really worry about little Andrew doing well at preschool, like his entire future prospects rest on how well he can paint by the time he joins the reception year at Primary school. They really worry about how much dog turd is on the local green. (Of course even the working classes don’t like dog poop on their local green, but really… you don’t know what ‘dislike’ is until you hear the middle classes chattering). They tend to ensure that little Jennifer knows how to do arts and crafts better than that women off changing rooms.. throughout their entire childhood! 

More importantly they worry about traffic and how long it takes to get to work… yet won’t protest at the lack of investments in new transport systems, they worry about the environment but insist public transport is only for those people.. over there. They are contradictory in their opinions and usually don’t have a grasp on reality out in the big bad world.

When they do protest it’s usually on local issues rather than national issues because their local area is far more important than those poor little towns in the North. They pretend to really care about others but watch them have an argument with someone from the working classes and just watch the contempt ooze from their skin.

They tend to worry about the cost of roaming charges if the UK leaves the EU or the cost of a holiday, unlike the working classes who primarily focus on the national issues at home. 

Quite simply the middle classes tend to be about self interest and closed to what is really going on in this world and the effect it all has on others who are not ‘like them‘. Whereas the working classes tend to see the bigger picture yet supposedly are the more stupid in our society, the bigots, the uneducated, the poor. The have-nots. 

The two classes can probably be summed up as ‘Life Vs Self’.
The middle classes are easily manipulated but not by the working class. They don’t mix with the working class enough to be able to be manipulated by them, it’s the final lot that somehow manage to manipulate them. The Upper classes. 

They are ones consumed with figuring out ways to manipulate the middle classes into thinking that the ‘self’ is what it’s all about and insisting that the working classes are irresponsible, unproductive and troublesome. 

The government and the elite system in place in our society tends to be governed by that very upper class. 

Far from Thersea May making Britian work for everyone, what she really means is that with enough divisional tactics and policies she may just succeed in making middle England believe that there are no problems in society because as was mentioned, the middle classes are easily manipulated.  

It was recently said that class divides and class war is on the decline but it really isn’t. It’s the lack of recognition of that fact that results in the manufactured divisions that has resulted in voter apathy, the destruction of the NHS and the decline in public services because if you’re from the middle or upper classes something like NHS privatisation sounds like a really good idea. 

When the working classes recognise that there are enough of them in the country who haven’t been dealt a fair hand then they may just be able to rise up and demand fairness and equality for everyone. 

The working classes have in places been manipulated themselves into believing that they are middle class and that they can aspire to be even better citizens by minding their own god damn business and leaving the government alone.

Whilst everyone can aspire to better things, everyone also knows full well the chances and prospects they have in life and there are only so many well paid jobs in this land of ours that will provide a wealthy lifestyle and the truth is.. most of us won’t even see a job like that. The sooner we accept that, the sooner the working classes can fight back and the sooner our communities can find cohesion again and with that, themselves.

Five Russian Diplomats Dead In Three Months

5 Russian officials in recent months have died, all in various circumstances. A sixth was believed to have been killed in Yemen but Russia has denied the death. Is this purely coincidence? 

On 19th December 2016 the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Turkey, Andrei Karlov was assassinated, shot by a Turkish police officer whilst at an art exhibition. 

Just hours later on 20th December Petr Polshikov reportedly a senior figure in the Latin American department of the Russian foreign ministry was assassinated at his Moscow home. He was killed from a bullet to the head.

On 9th January 2017 the head of the consular section of the Russian embassy in Greece, Andrey Malanin, was found dead in his apartment. The verdict was natural causes. 

Days later on the 14th January Vladimir Dedushkin was reportedly shot and killed at the Russian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen according to Saudi media. However Russia has denied the killing and insists he is alive and well although at the time of writing UKI Left has been unable to find any articles proving Dedushkin is alive. 

On 26th January Alexander Kadakin, Russian ambassador to India, New Delhi, died after an alleged brief illness. 

The latest death to date was yesterday on 20th February. Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin was found dead in the office of the deputy Russian UN ambassador in New York, USA. At the time of writing there was no official cause of death provided but it has been reported that Churkin had a possible heart condition. 

Also of recent interest was the death of Belgium auditor general to NATO, Yves Chendelon. He was found in his car in Andenne, Belgium 60 miles away from his home in Lens. He had been shot dead. Official reports say it was a suicide but the family dispute this due to several anomalies surrounding the incident. Chendelons role was partly to investigate terror groups. He was found dead on December 16th 2016, three days before the assassination of Karlov in Turkey.

Prior to the slaying in Turkey the last confirmed assassination of a Russian diplomat was in 1985 during the Lebanese hostage crisis. Four were taken hostage and eventually one was shot dead, Arkady Katkov. 

Whilst only two of the forementioned Russian deaths were officially assassinations, suspicion surrounds the others, even if only for the number of Russian diplomats being found dead in just the last three months.

Hewer: Trump ‘Ban’ Worse Than 20 Years Of US Foreign Policy

One of the main questions on last night’s BBC Question Time was, as expected, around Donald Trump’s “immigration ban” and wether the Queen should revoke the invitation to him for a State visit.

Nick Hewer, presenter of Countdown and previous right hand man to Alan Sugar on the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice‘, went on a tirade about Trump’s policy indicating that the policy on Immigration will help galvanise terrorists against America.

He could not have got it more wrong despite quoting a man who is an “authority” on the subject. He said; 

“I don’t know how many people here have read Patrick Cockburn’s piece, a great journalist, who is recognised as being an authority on all this and said that “Trump has turned himself into the greatest recruiting sergeant for ISIL, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra” because, what he has done with that long winded signature of his is turn every Muslim in the world and questioned where they stand in the eyes of one of the greatest nations in the world and they think less of the States now and that inexorably leads to recruits joining (ISIS) rather than..fighting ISIS” 

– Nick Hewer, TV presenter

Nick Hewer – TV Presenter and Businessman

Patrick Cockburn is a one time Middle East correspondent for The Independent and a one time correspondent for Moscow and Washington and more recently a book writer on modern Iraq. He has also won several journalistic awards.

It’s puzzling then how such a statement can come from someone apparently so informed. Not only this but Hewer is clearly someone in bias-awe of the US.

Perhaps Cockburn has mindlessly forgotten that US foreign policy has seen the US overthrow several foreign leaders over the years of predominantly Muslim countries including Iraq and Libya, to name just two, both of which have led directly to the complete destabilisation of the entire Middle East which ultimately has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims. 

Perhaps he has forgotten that the US has illegaly targeted people in foreign nations using drones such as in Pakistan, or maybe he has forgotten that the US more recently decided to fight ISIS using other less evil Jihadist groups, through a proxy war in Syria, supplying them arms and providing them intelligence. Then gave up on them by admitting ‘defeat‘, as they see it, by Russia resulting in the defeat of the Jihadist rebels in Aleppo.

Patrick Cockburn – Book Writer and Journalist

What do you think all of that does for Anti West sentiment? But of course, Donald Trump’s temporary block on people from some high risk Muslim countries is seen by Cockburn as the greatest threat to world peace. Clearly Hewer agrees. This couldn’t be further from the truth but it is popular to be seen to condemn Trump regardless of the facts. 

This blog does not support Trump at all, but we also call out hyperbole when we see it, regardless who the hyperbole is against. 

There is though one more point to make around Hewer’s statement. The second half of his statement clearly implies, wether he meant it or not, that every Muslim is now capable of turning to terrorism because of Trumps policy. What on earth does that say for Muslims? 

We like to think that most right minded, sensible Muslims will respond in the right way, we don’t think that all Muslims will now consider terrorism as a response to a temporary block on travel. If you think that, it says more about your opinion of Muslims than anything. 

We think they will respond the way the previous speaker to Hewer did. An Iraqi Kurd in the audience who stated that it’s ‘up to the US what policy they introduce’ but politely pointed out that innocent people would be caught up in the new restrictions. 

That’s about the only response that should be given in the grand scheme of things, and it’s the only response we should expect. 

The real issues regarding US policy are coming down the track and some of those policies will lead to greater problems for the wider global Muslim community, and when that time comes we should not bury our heads like we have done for at least the last 20 years.