What Fresh Hell Is This?

September 16, 2015

The Tribune-Review's Dishonesty Crosses The Atlantic

Take a look.

In this hit piece from earlier in the week about the new leader of the UK's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn they wrote:
As Steven Erlanger writes in The New York Times, Corbyn is “a professed man of the ‘hard left' who believes that the Labour Party must return to its roots and fight inequality in all its forms.”

Think “social justice” writ large. And think naiveté writ larger: Three years ago, Corbyn advocated for Britain to abolish its armed forces.
And see how it's an indictment on lefty politics as well?  It's one nice little package for Scaife's braintrust.

Too bad it's built on yet another lie.

Take a look at what Corbyn actually said.  According to the Mirror in the UK, Corbyn was speaking at the 67th commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  He started with this:
On October 20, hopefully hundreds of thousands of people will be marching through the streets of London, protesting against libraries being closed, hospitals being cut back, schools being cut back.

Young people being denied opportunities. High levels of unemployment. Cuts in social services. Increased charges for everything.

Higher taxation in order to pay off a debt.

Is it really conscionable or sensible or possible that in three years time in 2016 Parliament will compound the problem of already spending £3bn on preparation for the replacement of the submarines and Trident nuclear weapons system by replacement of the whole system which will cost this country £100bn.

Is it really sensible to spend £100bn of money we can't afford and haven't got while there are homeless people, while there are hungry children around the world, while there's a sanitation crisis, while there's a crisis of people fleeing from absolute poverty to try and gain a place of safety in some of the slightly richer countries in the world?
Pointing out, in effect, how expensive Britain's military is and the the money spent on it could be spent elsewhere - you know, like maybe helping people.

Given how much it costs to have a military and how it actually hurts the well being of the people its protecting, Corbyn finishes with:
Wouldn't it be wonderful if every politician around the world instead of taking pride in the size of their Armed Forces did what Costa Rica have done and abolished their Army, and took pride in the fact they don't have an Army.
So what he said was not a unilateral call for just Britain to disarm but for everyone to disarm - spoken at the anniversary of Hiroshima.

The Trib braintrust didn't tell you that, did they?

That, my children, is what's known as a lie of omission.

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