The usual Blairite uber-cutters Yvette Cooper, Hilary Benn, Ben Bradshaw, Pat McFadden and Chris Bryant were among those who offered their support to Teresa May’s jingoistic stance on Putin’s Russia, while lining up to yet again plunge the dagger into Jeremy’s back. The Russian state, Cooper said, ‘should be met with unequivocal condemnation’. May, gushingly thanked Cooper for her support.
Jeremy’s crime? He suggested that a little more evidence should be available before drawing the conclusion that Putin, the plunderer of the state-owned Russian resources, and friend of the Russian oligarchs who contribute to the Tory Party, should be found guilty.
The howls of outrage from the right wing are similar to the attacks on those MPs who dared to question the decision to invade Iraq. Remember Jack Straw’s slur that they were appeasers comparable to those who sold out Czechoslovakia to Hitler at Munich in 1938.
The whole world now stands aghast at the turmoil in the Middle East which was triggered off by the catastrophic decision to support the crazy in the White House (Bush not Trump) and invade Iraq.
Socialists don’t need any lessons about Putin’s gangster State from the Tories. Remember they celebrated the avalanche of privatisation and plunder of State resources which followed the collapse of Stalinism after the wall fell. The Russian working class were reduced to dire poverty as a result.
The stance of the Blairite MPs makes nonsense of those on the left who argue that mandatory re-selection is not necessary as the PLP are now on board with Jeremy.