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Jeremy Corbyn encapsulated everything that was deceitful about his campaign to be leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition when he claimed he wanted to prioritise “the needs of the poor and the human rights of us all”. From the point of view of the poor and the oppressed, his words were a grim joke.

Like many from the Left’s dark corners, Corbyn does not believe in the human rights of “us all”. He is concerned only with the rights of those whose oppression is politically useful. If the oppressed’s suffering can be blamed on the West, he will defend them. If not, he is on their enemies’ side.

A short and far from comprehensive tour of the regimes Corbyn has supported includes the geriatric Cuban dictatorship, the corrupt and extraordinarily incompetent Chavistas who have come close to bankrupting oil-rich Venezuela, and Russian imperialists who have used force to redraw Europe’s boundaries.

You will not understand how a sickness on the Left has spread from the fringes to the mainstream, unless you pause, take a deep breath, pour a stiff drink and contemplate the strangeness of that list for a moment. In the 20th century, it would have had a kind of coherence. Cuba was then and remains a Communist country. Far-leftists, and indeed many who were not Marxists, placed the Castro dictatorship’s record in providing healthcare above its record of denying democratic rights, human rights and trade union rights. Their refusal to confront oppression may have been scandalous. But they were socialists so you could understand how they could reserve their condemnations for fascistic or conservative regimes. No one in the rich world took much notice of Venezuela before the millennium. But if you had explained that a socialist party would take power, jail opponents and restrict press freedom, they would have understood that the same double standards would apply to Chavez. As for Russia, our time travellers would assume that by “Russia” Corbyn meant the Soviet Union, and once again, they would have slotted his support into traditional notions of Left and Right.

The malaise on the modern Left becomes evident only when you remember what century you are living in. Russia does not pretend to be socialist now. It is a dictatorial kleptocracy, whose oligarchs stash their stolen money in Mayfair, Saint-Tropez and Palm Beach, and whose leader sends his armies over Russia’s borders to grab the territory of neighbouring states. Putin boasts to the world that he wants to be the leader of its reactionary and illiberal forces. He is committed to adventurism and the repression of minorities, particularly homosexuals. Modern Russia is the heir to the Tsarist empire, which 19th-century liberals and socialists feared above all other powers.

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amcdonald
November 28th, 2015
4:11 PM
Maos` Little Red Book` ? How about someone flinging Debord`s Society of the Spectacle into the fray ? The film of it is now availble free to view 24/7 on Vimeo. Fans of Clausewitz will find him quoted at the end. The BBC won`t show or discuss it. Will Self hasn`t mentioned the film but advocates reading the book. Cameron and Osbourne are themselves the dustbins of tory history. And happy to be so. Sam Becket`s `Happy Days` indeed. Readers might have their own suggestions for books,cd`s and dvd`s politicians could be flinging at each other during PM`s Question Time. It would be an advance on the usual rattling of bins from politicians and the media. Corbyn is doing very well questioning the noisey bigmouths. If our world leaders are leading the world into a great disaster then that leaves us `civilians` to organise otherwise. The Labour Party is free to become that modern mainstream party.

amcdonald
October 28th, 2015
4:10 PM
I like Jeremy Corbyn. Many a true word is spoken by a drunken Lord in a red bra snorting cocaine off a lovely prostitutes breasts. Cameron is the most facile and superficial PM in history. Osborne wants the UK to live within it`s means. Only people with no imagination live within their means (as Oscar Wilde observed). The strange poverty of the Tory rich is not unique to their clique. President Fu Manchu of China and everyone at Buckingham Palace revels in their own gilded destitution. They should just shut up. And be banned from working at anything. Nailing some sense into them is another option.

Dom
October 12th, 2015
10:10 AM
Nick Cohen is a caution. He was so furiously great for so long - and still very rarely occasionally does hit an unusual and worthy target that i find him hard to give up. But oh my….. He's the journalistic exemplar of the human failing of staying cross; really consistently just staying very very cross with ones imagined opponents all the way to the grave if necessary (and doesn't it often seem for so many to be essential!!) and all of that rage is for nothing more than avoiding the trivial hazard of admitting a mistake. I was wrong about the meaning of my lover's actions last week. I had to choose between staying cross, and getting crosser, injecting more and more energy into my sulk and selecting from the available data more and more evidence for the prosecution - or simply admit that i was mistaken. Cohen was wrong about Iraq. He supported the Iraq war, and it was an utter catastrophe on a global-historic scale. Its consequences escalate day by day as every fucker with eyes can see. Everybody knows it. It's unavoidably obvious. But Cohen, who didn't fire one bullet nor drop one bomb, is now it seems professionally, psychologically incapable of admitting he was simply in error. So he churns out these incoherent smears - by less-than-half-reference and bluster - aimed at a legion of people he embarrassed himself in front of. Shame moves his fingers across the keyboard in the hope that the heat haze of their angry blur will protect him from all the people who called Iraq right. He hates the members of the anti Iraq war coalition more than anyone in the world because they were right. His article has not even one solid, verifiable or deniable, comprehensible accusation against Corbyn, not one, but its message is clear: "I HAAAATE THEM AND IT'S DRIVING ME CRAAAAZY"

amcdonald
October 7th, 2015
5:10 PM
Now the Tory Party elite are the stooges and running dogs of the Chinese Communist Party, Saudi Arabian billionaires and the Kremlin oligarchs. Austerity is `stalinised capitalism`. Cameron is one of the minor gobshites serving it . It will save the country and world! Under Corbynism no one will have shoes and there`ll be mosques on every corner. So it`s the Great Leader Chairman Mao Cameron or Jesus Corbyn.

amcdonald
September 16th, 2015
4:09 PM
bockers has every right to criticise the `secular ideology`,there`s nothing stopping him. I AM MY OWN PROPHET declared the topless Femen activists (Daily Mail,Telegraph etc). The Tories prophesise a Corbyn plague,famine and disaster. Islamophiliac/Sharia lovers entryism into Labour and Tory organisations continues. Who is the `threat to national security` here? Capitalism simply continues with a modernised Stalinism. The religious reject mortal reasoning because they can`t `do` reasoning. All believers and non-believers go home to the same pagan modernism ( plumbing,electricity, smart phones,computers,televisions,fridges,microwaves....) Left and Right are sub-cultures of global pagan modernism. Camille Paglia first raised the subject in her best-seller book `Sexual Personae- Art,Sex and Death since Nefertiti`. Actual advances in popular culture aren`t a feature of Standpoint either. Neutral,analytical scholarship isn`t popular with politicians anywhere. But the ( pagan modernist) public enjoy and support it.

Robotnyck
September 15th, 2015
11:09 PM
Far more honest to openly take payment and act accordingly than to parade as a socialist and give your support to a neo-fascist authoritarian. As for Corbyn's Morning Star article, it might have well been written by a Kremlin hack so closely does it follow the Kremlin propaganda line at the time.

bockers
September 15th, 2015
3:09 PM
As usual thoughtful and well written positive responses - nasty, shallow and ineloquent negative ones. The west hating left cultists don't even feel the need to put up coherent arguments anymore - it is now a secular ideology that unbelievers have no right to criticise.

amcdonald
September 12th, 2015
3:09 PM
Now Jeremy Corbyn is leader that`s at least a custard pie in the face of Brown,Blair,Cameron etc. And victory to the Kurdish Army. If the Isis nutters are killed by a woman they don`t go to paradise. Where is the Tories support for the heroic Kurds ?

Gregor Samsa
September 11th, 2015
10:09 AM
Fascinating that a guy who supported the war in Iraq is speaking about the "oppressed people".

Lawrence
September 7th, 2015
7:09 AM
Cohen doesn't go far enough in his criticisms of Corbyn and the far Left and the mainstream Left for that matter. It's worse than he lets on. There is no hope or redemption in the Left, any more than in any other political group or ideology. Corbyn though is exactly who the British Left deserve as their leader, there are consequences to decades of Jew-baiting and Islamophilia by the BBC, the Guardian, The Independent, the unions etc.

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