I am not easily embarrassed, but when someone asks me how I voted in the 2019 general election, I am embarrassed.
“Labour,” I say. “I have voted Labour at every general election since I was first able to vote, which was 1979.”
“Yeah, but you voted for a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.”
“I know, I know. I’m so sorry. This is so embarrassing.”
And it is embarrassing. I bowed to my contemporaries who said that the priority had to be getting rid of the Tories. “If you want the Tories out, you have to vote for the only party that can defeat them.”
I knew Corbyn was a wrong ‘un. He very publicly supported the IRA when they were murdering innocent people. He laid a wreath at the grave of one of the terrorists who carried out mass murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He has been a senior figure in the anti-West group ‘Stop The War’. He couldn’t bring himself to condemn Vladimir Putin when his agents attempted to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. There is so much more that is wrong about Corbyn and yesterday he confirmed yet again how unfit he was to become Labour leader.
Speaking to the Russia supporting, pro Iranian state Al Mayadeen media network, Corbyn attacked Britain for “pouring arms into Ukraine”. By providing more weapons to Kyvi, Britain is “only going to prolong and exaggerate this war”.
Corbyn at least conceded the Russian aggression was “fundamentally wrong” but called for Ukraine to reach a peace settlement with Russia. Good idea, Jezza. It must be SO easy. But of course it isn’t.
It is one thing calling for peace, as Corbyn does, but what does he mean? Nobody wants Putin’s obscene assault on Ukraine to continue. So should we, in Britain, stop “pouring arms into Ukraine” and if we did, what would happen? If we stopped arming Ukraine, along with our western allies, does Corbyn think Putin will simply withdraw from Ukraine, including Crimea, by the way, and life could carry on as before? Really? Or would Putin be emboldened by what he might rightly see as weakness? I think we all know, don’t we?
Earlier this year, Corbyn attempted to blame NATO, an organisation he would like to disband, for Putin’s bloody invasion. It was NATO’s military build-up which might provoke Putin. It’s our fault, according to Corbyn. I don’t think so.
If we fail to arm Ukraine, the country will be quickly overrun and fall under Russian control. Is that the kind of peace Corbyn favours? I’m afraid that given his history with Russia suggests a meek surrender would be acceptable because to him, to all intents and purposes a pacifist, peace comes at any cost.
At this point, we return to 2019 and imagine that because of people like me Jeremy Corbyn’s version of Labour had triumphed at the general election? We can say with near certainty that the UK would not have resisted Putin’s invasion. Would a bitterly divided NATO have stood up to Russia or simply given up? And President Zelensky’s reign would have swiftly been ended with a bullet through the brain. It doesn’t bear thinking about, except that I do think about what I voted for and the shame I feel for voting for it. That was me proving the old adage that some people would vote for their candidate even if was a chimp with a party rosette. My chimp was Corbyn, an elderly crank who should never have been allowed anywhere near the top table of world politics. That he is no longer is a considerable relief to anyone who believes Ukraine should be free.