Tuesday, 30 May 2017

9 things every voter needs to know about the Corbyn-IRA smear campaign


We all knew perfectly well that the billionaire right-wing press barons and their lackeys in the Tory party would attempt to smear the hell out of Jeremy Corbyn during this election campaign. 

They hate his policies of standing up for ordinary people and repatriating vital British infrastructure and services out of the hands of multinational corporations and foreign government like China and Qatar.

They hate his policies so much they're absolutely fixated on trying to destroy his reputation with anything they've got, and his early involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process is seriously the best they can come up with, because they know it feeds into the anti-Irish bigotry that still unfortunately exists in Great Britain.

In this article I'm going to set the record straight by detailing 9 things that every voter should know about the Corbyn-IRA smear campaign.


1. Condemning the IRA bombings (part one)

When Jeremy Corbyn was interviewed by Sophy Ridge during the 2017 election campaign he clearly condemned the IRA bombings, but the Tories outright lied that he didn't.

The right-wing propagandists really seem to believe that people will mindlessly lap up their reality-reversing lies rather than quickly checking things for themselves (see video)

2. Condemning the IRA bombings (part two)

Anyone who says that Jeremy Corbyn has "never" condemned the IRA bombings is lying through their teeth. In 1994 Corbyn signed a parliamentary motion on the 20th anniversary of the IRA pub bombing in Birmingham which described the attack as a deplorable terrorist atrocity.

It's on the parliamentary record here for all to see.

3. Misrepresentations (Sinn Féin are not the IRA)

Anyone sharing pictures of Jeremy Corbyn with people like Gerry Adams or Martin McGuinness to "prove" that he met the IRA is either being thick, or totally disingenuous.

Adams and McGuinness were not the IRA, they were leaders of the democratic political party Sinn Féin, which is the political wing of the Irish Republican movement, not the now-disbanded terrorist faction.

People who share these pictures are either so blinded by anti-Irish bigotry that they can't differentiate between a political party and a terrorist organisation, or they know the difference perfectly well, but they're sharing the pictures in order to feed into the anti-Irish bigotry of people they consider to gullible and easily led.

4. Peacemaker

In 2013 Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award for his efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. 


You can read his acceptance speech here.

5. The Loyalists


The right-wing smear merchants are always desperate to bring up the fact that Corbyn met with Irish republicans, but they're a lot more reticent about the fact he also met plenty of Loyalists too in his campaign for peace. 


Corbyn met with Gary McMichael and David Ervine (Ervine was a jailed loyalist terrorist turned politician for the PUP), and he also spoke regularly with Ian Paisley who, according to his widow Eileen, considered Corbyn to be "likeable", "courteous", "polite" and "a gentleman".

In light of the indisputable fact that Ian Paisley was a fierce opponent of Irish republicanism, why on earth would he say such things about a guy, who according to the Tory smears, was undermining the loyalist cause by promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict?


6. Openness vs Secrecy


Corbyn spoke openly to Irish republicans and Ulster Loyalists during the 1980s. Nobody is denying that.

The problem for the Tories is that declassified records prove that Margaret Thatcher was secretly negotiating direct with the IRA terrorists at the time. The shocking thing isn't that she was negotiating with terrorists though, it's the fact that she outright lied to the British public over and again every time she repeated her "we do not negotiate with terrorists" phrase.

People who attack Corbyn for openly talking peace, whilst refusing to condemn Thatcher's secret negotiations with the IRA, or the succession of lies she told to the British public are clearly as happy with secrecy and lies from right-wingers as they are furious with openness and honesty from left-wingers.

7. Abject Tory hypocrisy (that councillor)


If right-wingers really honestly cared about criticising politicians with links to the IRA, why is it that they're perfectly happy to have an ex-IRA terrorist and arms smuggler serving as a Tory councillor in Croydon?

You can find more details on this ex-IRA Tory politician in this article, or by Googling "Maria Gatland" for yourself.

8. Boris Johnson's super-hypocrisy


Of all the people resorting to IRA-Corbyn smears, the crap-haired buffoon Boris Johnson surely has to be the most hypocritical.

Not only did Boris share a picture of Corbyn with a member of Sinn Féin to "prove" that he met the IRA (refer back to point three and draw your own conclusions about whether Boris is being intensely thick or sickeningly disingenuous) he also claimed that this picture of Corbyn and McGuinness in the 1990s (while the peace process was really beginning to move forward) was proof that Corbyn is untrustworthy!

An accusation of untrustworthiness from a man who repeatedly lied that the NHS would get £350 million a week extra after Brexit!

Even if you agree with Brexit, only the worst kind of political tribalist could possibly try to argue that Boris brazenly lying to the British public like that in order to swing the vote was acceptable and trustworthy conduct.


9. Sheer bloody desperation

Perhaps the most important point of all is the sheer desperation that these Tory-IRA smears demonstrate.

They don't have any positive policies of their own to promote. They don't have any coherent criticisms of Corbyn's policies. So all they have left is a sickening smear campaign in the desperate hope that a combination of public fact aversion and anti-Irish bigotry is enough to put people off voting in favour of Labour's transformational manifesto.


They don't have a single legitimate argument in favour of themselves, or against Labour's policies so they're resorting to the dirtiest muck-slinging tactics possible.

I'll leave you with a quote from Margaret Thatcher about that kind of politics: 


"I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left." - Margaret Thatcher

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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Being from Northern Ireland I can't even begin to describe all the inaccuracies in this, its deplorable journalism

Brian said...

Well take your time. Start at the beginning. I'm interested.

Anonymous said...

Yes please educate me if this article is wrong.

mary said...

Please say where the article is wrong,,,

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Unknown said...

Totally agree he was a leader in the IRA Check Wikipedia

Carlos xavier said...

Correction . Martin Mcguiness WAS IRA, he said so.

Your 'tone' in the above paragraphs leaves a lot to be desired.
If you want people to believe what you write, make sure it's correct and make sure you're not being overly aggressive

Greeneys said...

At the time that corbyn met Martin mcguiness he was not in the IRA.

Pat said...

Anonymous... Unknown please. It does not say He was a IRA Leader or supporter on Wikipedia only in the gutter press will you read this rubbish... Nice Try.

Unknown said...

YOu really are two sandwiches short of a picnic if you thhink Martin McGuiness was not the IRA... how dare you even point fingers at others saying they are disingenuous

Anonymous said...

Oh you missed the 10th point for some reason. Let me help you.

Point 10: He protested and was arrested at the court hosting the trial of the murderous Brighton Bomber, Patrick Magee who killed 5 people at the Tory party conference including an MP and almost killed the PM.

Unknown said...

He was also seen at a Protest in London with Donna Maguire the Angel of death. There's a picture. Maguire murdered them two poor Australian tourist that got mistaken for British squaddies.

Kenny said...

You're deluded if you really believe that tosh!

Anonymous said...

There were at least three main groups of terrorists in NI the UFF the IRA and the british paras i could name others but don't really wish to engage in this debate I've done so for thirty years.

Unknown said...

Anyone can change Wikipedia

Ron said...

What I find funny is the right wing press actually never report on the gun running member of the IRA who was in the Croydon chapter of the conservative party

Unknown said...

bollocks

Anonymous said...

Johnson having a go about Corbyn photographed with Adams and McGuinness, but forgets about the photo of him and McGuinness, like every single tory breathing he's an hypocrite.

burceb1959 said...

Unknown you say in your second comment 'check Wikipedia'. I have.It states states that Gerry Adams and (Gerry's Grandfather) was in the IRA from the age of 16.

Also in a later comment you shoot your own second comment in the foot, by saying 'anyone can change Wikipedia'. You are right of course, but you really are wanting to have your cake and eat it. Using Wikipedia as a source and then questioning it yourself. You Muppet.

Chris S said...
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Chris S said...

Thomas, you have some really good points to make. However, your tone was too hostile and the validity of this piece looses value as a result. Next time read it over the next day and make it less opinionated, shorter and unambiguous. Keep up the good work comrade.

Anonymous said...

"Adams and McGuinness were not the IRA, they were leaders of the democratic political party Sinn Féin, which is the political wing of the Irish Republican movement, not the now-disbanded terrorist faction."

Totally incorrect. Prior to the disbanding of the paramilitary IRA, Adams was an IRA Council member and McGuinness was leader of the IRA in Londonderry then Belfast. This is confimred and corroborated several times by former IRA members in the BBC documentary series "The Troubles, a Secret History".

Watch it and stop spouting inaccurate bullshit, please.

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