An Article by JACK HAIRBRAIN
PLEASE CORBYN, DON’T BLINK
The relentless coverage of the Labour anti-
Having lived in England for many years, as an Irish person, I got a sense of certain prevailing prejudices bubbling under the surface. These seemed to be let out of the bag after the Brexit result when certain sections of society felt that they had permission to voice their anger and frustration with their own lives in the form of overt racism toward those around them in the street, on public transport etc. having viewed the referendum as tacit support for their own xenophobic attitudes. I witnessed this myself in Manchester. A random guy shouted abuse at a Pakistani taxi driver who had stopped at a red light. I doubt he would have felt emboldened enough to do so before the referendum when he might have censored himself for fear of being viewed as a pariah, but as he strutted down Oldham Street, intermittently turning to shout “Paki”, I could imagine applause from the Question Time audience playing in his head.
In fact had I to guess which group were at the top of the League table of prejudice in the UK I’d have to say those from Islamic countries-
So why has anti-
Firstly, the BBC. Why should the BBC be considered any more reliable than Russia Today? They’re both state broadcasters, and both occasionally broadcast propaganda. George Orwell knew that the BBC could be a propagandist. How? Because he worked in the BBC’s department of propaganda during WW2. Some of his experience there found its way into 1984. BBC coverage of Northern Ireland followed the same rules as wartime propaganda. As a child, I found myself pulling my hair in frustration whilst watching the BBC coverage of events in Northern Ireland that I knew to be completely false; whilst at other times, on programmes like Newsnight, time will be afforded to dissenting voices that question the status quo, giving an appearance of balance and impartiality. However, the presence and persuasiveness of these voices seem to be directly proportionate to whether the Government and main Opposition party are staunch supporters of the apparatus that perpetuates the status quo. Over the past 40 years this has come to mean supporters of the Neo Liberal project. When one of those parties breaks with the programme the state broadcaster becomes the attack dog. As I write this I have seen the most prolonged and orchestrated attack on a political figure since the BBC’s treatment of Gerry Adams during the 80s and 90s. For almost the entire month of July the BBC and virtually every other broadcaster and media outlet in the country has been complicit ,on a daily basis, in labelling Jeremy Corbyn an anti-
Is Corbyn anti-
Clearly no. Look at his speech at the commemoration of the battle of Cable Street when other immigrants came out in support of the Jewish community against Mosley and his Black shirts, who were, at the time, supported by the Daily Mail.
Let’s see his voting record on Jewish issues:
Immaculate. A better record than his accusers.
So the accusation that Corbyn himself is anti-
Is the Labour Party especially anti-
Again no. Whilst press coverage over the past month would have you believe that The Labour Party want to celebrate Kristallnacht as a public holiday there is no evidence to support the claim that anti-
Where does real anti-
Where you’d expect-
So who is attacking Corbyn and how concerned are they about anti-
The Jewish Board of Deputies and other right wing, conservative pro-
The Board of Deputies are also Trump supporters. To continually report these views as the only legitimate mainstream Jewish opinion, as if Jewish opinion in the UK is a monolith is farcical.
Set up as a sort of cult of Ian Paisley, the DUP haven’t distinguished themselves as leading opponents of anti-
The Blairite faction of the Labour Party who have devoted every waking hour to removing Corbyn by any means necessary. Cynical political ploy? Pinch of salt? Mandatory re-
Anyone watching the media coverage of this row would be forgiven for thinking that spurious claims about Labour’s refusal to adopt a slightly shitey definition of anti-
Women like this: