15 times when Jeremy Corbyn was on the right side of history

jezza aparted1. Apartheid: Jeremy was a staunch opponent of the Apartheid regime and a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the ANC. He was even arrested for protesting outside the South African embassy in 1984.
2. Chile: Jeremy was an opponent of the brutal dictator Pinochet (an ally of the British government under Thatcher) and was a leading campaigner in the quest to bring him to justice. In 1998 Pinochet was arrested in London.
3. LGBT rights: As noted in Pink News, Jeremy was an early champion of LGBT rights. At a time when the Tories decried supporting LGBT rights as ‘loony left’, Jeremy voted against section 28 which sought to demonise same-sex relationships.
4. The Miners’ Strike: Jeremy went against the Labour leadership and fully supported the miners in their effort to prevent the total destruction of their industry and communities. Cabinet papers released last year prove that the NUM were correct to claim that there was a secret hit list of 75 pits which the government were determined to close within 3 years. Ex-mining areas still suffer from the devastating effects of de-industrialisation, particularly high unemployment.
5. Iraq: In the 1970s and 1980s, while the UK and other Western government were selling weapons to their ally Saddam Hussein, Jeremy campaigned and demonstrated against it, as well as protesting against the mass killings of Iraqi Kurds by Saddam’s regime.
6. Birmingham Six and Guildford Four: Jeremy was involved in the campaigns in support of the victims of these appalling miscarriages of justice. The wrongful convictions were eventually quashed.
7. Talking to Sinn Fein: In the 1980s, along with Tony Benn and other Labour MPs, Jeremy drew intense criticism for engaging in dialogue with Sinn Fein and inviting its representatives to the House of Commons. The government claimed it ‘would not talk to terrorists’ but we now know that by 1989, it was secretly engaged in talks. Sinn Fein has been a major party of the Northern Ireland government since 1998 and even the Queen and Prince Charles have now met with its leading figures.
8. Tuition fees: Jeremy opposed New Labour’s introduction of university tuition fees, which explicitly broke Labour’s 1997 election manifesto pledge, as well as all of the subsequent increases. Fees were then trebled under New Labour before being trebled again by the coalition government, leaving the average student in £53k of debt.
9. Private Finance Initiative (PFI): Jeremy argued against this method of funding the building of new schools and hospitals, which was used partly because New Labour had committed itself to Tory spending plans. Instead of financing projects through government borrowing, private finance would build the infrastructure and then lease to the government. PFI deals cost the taxpayer £10bn a year and we will end up paying more than £300bn for assets worth just £54.7bn.
10. Afghanistan: Going against the tide of political and public opinion in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeremy opposed the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001. By 2009, most polls showed a majority of British people were against the war and Britain eventually withdrew its troops in October 2014.
11. Iraq, again: Jeremy saw through the ‘dodgy dossier’, the claims of weapons of mass destruction and campaigned and voted against the Iraq war in 2003. In doing so, he helped to organise the biggest demonstration in British history and remains a leading figure in the Stop the War Coalition.
12. Palestine: Jeremy has been a long-standing campaigner for the rights of the Palestinian people, beginning his advocacy at a time when Western public opinion was largely hostile to the Palestinian cause. Last year parliament overwhelmingly voted to recognise Palestine.
13. Public ownership of the railways: Jeremy has always advocated public ownership of our railways. The argument that privatisation would result in competition and thus lower fares has been proved to be entirely incorrect. Instead not only have fares rocketed year on year but the British taxpayer now subsidies the railways to the tune of £4bn a year, around four times the cost of  the previous, publicly owned system.
14. Trident: Jeremy has been a long-term campaigner in CND, and has always opposed Britain having nuclear weapons – a difficult argument to make at the height of the Cold War. But now virtually all the polling evidence shows that a majority of people are against spending £100bn on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons.
15. Austerity: Right from the beginning Jeremy argued and campaigned against austerity. Despite inheriting a situation where the economy was growing, Osborne’s austerity budgets plunged the UK into a double dip recession in April 2012 and by February 2013 Britain lost its AAA credit rating for the first time since the late 1970s. Five years of austerity later and the UK’s debt has actually risen from £1trn in 2010 to around £1.5trn today. The social cost has been shocking, leading to a rise in child poverty, an unprecedented fall in real wages and nearly 1 million people now reliant on food banks to name but a few of the dire consequences.

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131 thoughts on “15 times when Jeremy Corbyn was on the right side of history

  1. Pingback: 15 times Jeremy Corbyn was on the right side of history | The World Turned Upside Down | kickingthecat

  2. Campaigning for a EU yes vote–a black mark. So not for British workers. Keep 3 quid in my pocket. Labour is not the only show in town…RMT was right. UKIP and NO vote for me and da family. Mystified why after Greek shenanigans and what EU army . will be deployed for. They are on life support. Mass immigration is robbing our youth of work …50% black youth no job? I wish Labour goes down plug hole…do they have an inkling how hated they are?

      • Sounds more as though you’ve believed the Tory press lies. And I thought Corbyn was keeping his powder dry on the EU. UKIP will be lost in the sewers of history (hopefully along with the Tories and Blairite ‘Labour’) but they’re right to be very suspicious of the corrupt monolithic monster that is the EU – not to mention the unelected EC. We’ve got quite enough on our hands with our own homegrown corrupt monolithic establishment!

    • ConfusedBennite says:

      I guess without immigration 0% of black youth in this country would be out of work, mainly because without immigration there wouldn’t be any black youths. Or was this just a point to prove you aren’t a racist for backing UKIP?

    • GortonBlonde says:

      Many of your most protective employment rights come from the EU, which is why the Tories are indifferent to EU membership. They would use an EU no vote to further destroy unions and attack workers rights all over the show.

    • oh, for fock’s sake. That old EU thing again. It’s the banks that rob the country, and UK industry that pay so badly that UK citizens cannot afford to take on jobs. But blaming foreigners is much easier, innit?

    • VimVendors says:

      The EU is the only thing keeping the arts alive. There is zero government funding for the arts in the UK now and only EU grants and funding schemes are making them available. The industry is a massive employer across the UK and is hugely important to the economy both in terms of bringing in outside investment and exporting our cultural creativity. Leave the EU and this entire sector will be gone causing millions more to be jobless.

    • Sadly so very true.

      “I honestly don’t think that Corbyn would make a good leader but only because he would quickly take his own life in a highly unconvincing manner on a long country walk, an inquiry taking 15 years to report that he had kicked himself to death.”

      Frankie Boyle

  3. Esen Uslu says:

    Missing here is Jeremy’s contribution to the fight against fascist junta regime of General Evren and co. in Turkey, that came power with a coup in 1980. Jeremy has been a supporter of the Committee for Defence of Democratic Rights in Turkey from the day one did a magnificent job for years and years to be a voice of Turkish and Kurdish as well as Cyriot opposition.

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  5. Spin at it’s best. Inviting Sinn Fein for drinks just after Brighton more traitorous than forward thinking. Hopefully he will get voted in though, be nice to see the Tories get in with an even bigger majority!

    • Pete Left says:

      Thing is dialogue with terrorists is the only proven way of resolving situations. Violence towards them only strengthens their belief in what they are doing and helps their status as the underdog within their communities.
      Thatcher made the problems in Northern Ireland much much worse. She was a vile bigot, I’m surprised she didn’t get on better with Paisley. I was grinning from ear to ear when they both died.
      Sinn Fein have proven themselves to be the much more progressive party. Northern Ireland is like a very concentrated version of England. The DUP are out and out racist, homophobic, bigoted, backwards scum. The Tories are a media friendly version, with money.
      Sinn Fein have pushed forward the peace process more than any other party, and have given up a lot more ground in doing so. They talked, and they listened. The DUP had no choice, if they had the bullets would still be flying.

  6. AR says:

    ‘On the right side of history’ means being on the side that eventually prevailed. For over half of your examples (Miners strike, Iraq, tuition fees, afghanistan, PFI, Palestine, railways, trident, austerity) Corbyn’s side has NOT prevailed. So your post doesn’t make sense.

    • No – ‘on the right side of history’ means on the side that in hindsight – preferably long term hindsight – is seen to be the morally right side regardless of whether it prevailed at the time. So the post makes complete sense.

  7. Pussywillow says:

    What a lot of tosh when Nigel forage gets thing on the button all of you leftist fools shout your bigoted bull and expect us mere mortals to agree with you, UKIP stand more for the working person in my in my opinion.

  8. Adam says:

    I agree with many aspects of this, but how about his public support for homophobic anti-semite Raed Salah? Or his belief in homeopathy?

  9. I am not a supporter of ‘socialist ideology ‘ however, Corbyn is a Man who has proven to be consistent with his beliefs & opinions; it is unfortunate that with the UKs Mediaeval electoral system, if someone like him was to lead the Labour Party, this will be a gift to the Conservatives. Corbyn is an Honourable Man thus, he not suited to the ” Westminster Crew’ who lie and cheat their way through life. Good decent Folks never get to the top in the UK because, they cannot be bribed , bought off by the Corporate entities that dominate our debt -based economy. This is how our Parliamentary system works! It’s just that simple. Regards……Abe

  10. Thanks for this – unintentionally perhaps, it clarified for me why he’s bein declared ‘unelectable’: because he’s more interested in doin the right thing than bein popular. Of course, that pov suggests that the British public’s moral compass swings at the same speed as people courting a diverse public with a wide range of vested interests an opinions. Why is it that our elected representatives struggle so much with the idea that leaders are supposed to LEAD not follow – or pitifully chase – the crowd?!

    An as for this talk about a return to the 80s, I am confused. Corbyn is -to apparent surprise – mobilising the youth vote. In 2020 the youngest voters will have been 2 in 2002 ie most of the voters under 40 will recall 3 successive labour governments with nothing like the homegrown scandalous misery of the two Tory govts which followed them. It’s a demographic who were born/kids in, rather than followed the news an politics in the 80s. A generation that remembers Tony Benn for his war opposition an the generation that is angry about tuition an crappy employment prospects, especially those who went to uni an raked up huge debts. Whether he wins or not, the next leader will be incredibly foolish to ignore the voices an the popularity of the candidate who ran on a platform of political consistency, personal integrity and social justice. Thinkin about it, in what kind of world could he not win?

  11. DaveW says:

    1. Opposing Apartheid – well folk in this country opposed slavery. This was well before either Corbyn was born or the socialist religion was invented. Started by the Whigs, and completed 10 years later by the Tories!
    2. Socialists used to praise the Russian government. Which was at least as brutal. Not to mention East Germany, China etc. Having seen East Berlin not long after the wall came down it’s no wonder that people risked their lives to escape socialism. But religions have always killed apostates, they mean that the powerful have fewer slaves.
    3. Many Tories also decried the homosexuality laws. The treatment of Turing was disgusting considering his contribution to defeating National Socialist Germany
    4. The Miner’s Strike was set up by the supreme soviet of the union – there was no vote of all the miners. When King Arthur visited the South Wales coalfield he got blanked. The result of the strike was something I thought impossible – the Union split.
    Of course, part of the reason for the decline in demand for coal was the action of one of the industries customers – the nationalised railways, the so-called “modernisation” plan. This was a strike against the plans of a nationlised industry to close uneconomic and worked out mines. Ironic really.
    5. We allied with the even more monstrous and repressive Russian Soviet regime during the second world war. Realpolitik in action.
    6. The great thing about not living in a socialist dictatorship is that you can protest about miscarriages of justice. There is no KGB to add you to the list of miscarriages…
    7. Of course – the IRA said they wanted a United Socialist Ireland.
    8. You mean that one person can disagree with the party line. Good Grief! That wouldn’t be allowed under the Soviet Socialist model.
    9. Considering the Countries that have gone cap in hand to the IMF as a result of socialist financial incompetence, us under “Pound in Your Pocket” Wilson, Ireland, Italy etc. with the latest being Greece; Socialists have nothing to learn about squandering money.
    10. Afghanistan – another Labour war to take peoples mind off the economy.
    11. Iraq – yet another Labour war to take peoples mind off the economy. Standard Operating Procedure for socialist states.
    12. Shock horror! Even the bloodthirsty, raving tories voted for it. What a turn up for the book.
    13. When I looked out my window as a child, I could look through the alleyway opposite and see the wall of the paint factory. Above it was the main railway line. At the end of my road were 2 more factories. All 3 used to get their supplies by rail, and send out their product to their customers the same way. The railways were nationalised in 1948, and the standard of service nose dived. By 1954 the factories got all their deliveries by road.
    Having inherited over a million goods wagons, BR quickly wound up as many goods contracts as possible. Well it involved the socialist management in a nasty 4 lettered word – “work”. Passengers could get themselves to and from the stations without involving any effort on the part of the soviet. Of course the railways had been built in the first place to carry freight; passengers were a welcome addition. So it was no wonder that the revenues plunged, and the railways consumed taxes instead of paying them after goverment interference
    Having disposed of as much of the freight as possible, BR set about destroying the passenger traffic. In the 1930’s the Directors of the Great Western Railway got egg on their faces when the inaugral run of the “Bristolian” express was 42 seconds late at Paddington after the 120 mile run from Bristol. Indeed, people used to set their clocks by the trains for years due to the reliable service.
    BR changed that. In 1961 I caught a train from Liverpool Street Station to Chelmsford. It arrived five and a half HOURS late. That prompted me to save and buy a second hand car.
    A while later, a Scottish “express” was more than 24 hours late. Which meant now you couldn’t even set your calendar by the trains. The service continued to deteriorate, and eventually even the mismanagement noticed. I assume they couldn’t get to their banquets in time for the main course, and had to leave to catch the last train home befor the Brandy and Cigars. So much midnight oil was burned in the Kremlin (as Marlebone was cynically known at the time). The result shows the complete contempt for the proles by the apparatchiks, they awarded themselves company cars. No doubt the private limosine lanes for the nomenklatur would follow in due course. Red Ken’s “bus” lanes looked like a start to me.
    As for the cost of a nationalised lunacy climbing, it’s built into state ownership. Poor wages for the employees (except the hierarchy), dismal product for the proles, and the managers are All Right Jack, in their state provided limosines.
    Before anyone mentions Beeching, nationalisation had wrecked system well before he was appointed, normal for monopoly state owned industry. The recent display of passenger liners in the Mersey, underlines this. 2 of the ships were built in Italy, one in France. We used to build our own ships, but shipbuilding got lunified as well in 1948.
    Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.
    14. To quote Kruschev – “We will bury you”. So Corbyn wanted to let the Red Army roll over us. Even Nye Bevan realised it was not a good idea: “Naked into the conference chamber” was how he put it. (Or do you think he was a tory?) While world-wide disarmement is a wonderful ideal, I can’t see that we will put the toothpaste back in the tube anytime soon.
    15. Strange how with the terrible conditions in the UK, the capitalists, foaming at the mouth whipping the poor downtrodden masses into the ground. How come folk will cross all of Europe to try to enter this country illegally from Calais (amongst other routes) Could it be that they know something that Corbyn doesn’t?

    To summarise – State Monopoly Capitalism is a disaster. And this guy Corbyn hasn’t noticed? I do not intend to vote imbecile.

  12. Reblogged this on Philosophy in Politics and commented:
    Though I won’t shy away from my own views and opinions, I will try to remain objective in what people themselves are saying. However, it’s hard to not endorse someone like Jeremy Corbyn, with whom I agree on a hell of a lot. Here are some of the things.

  13. Pussywillow says:

    Corbyn is a Man who has proven to be consistent with his beliefs & opinions; Consistently a raving communist intent on spending others money. Look beyond the MSM hype you see a yesterday’s man.

    • Maybe but we are living in a yesterday country/world so maybe he’s what we need, we do it seems to be going backward into the past of our history. low pay low welfare low life.

  14. Pussywillow says:

    Prahaps this is because you stick with the old party’s like labour, librals and Tory, what have they done to our country over the last 50 years only sell the family silver and then the country, I for the life of me cannot see how Corbyn is any better as he wants to carry on making us subservient to the EU and he is In the thrall to the warmists global con merchants, And he is a trot. Wake up and get real you will be saying Russel Brand is a genius next.

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  16. Blueman says:

    Almost a good article until you blurred everything with clear bias. I want facts not an opinion, we need somebody to champion private sector jobs and the contribution made by small and medium business’s that certainly isn’t Cronyn. I do a lot of business with the big bank and in turn hire many chefs, waiters/waitress’s and sales staff. Without the banks we would all lose our jobs so this banker bashing has to stop it only seems to come from naive people who cannot see the broader pictures. Until I see a champion for business and the small man I will only vote blue. That said I have signed up to vote Corbin he may be riding a crest of support now but his policies are too backwards to win votes in 4 years we need enthusiasm and progression from an inspirational leader not an old man trying to take us back to the dark ages.

  17. Spot on – I’m 45 this year, I’ve never voted mainly because I’ve never believed a word any politician has said since Ive been old enough to vote. This man may well be the change we need to get me and others like me in the polling station.

    • solo fest says:

      That says it all really – someone who may just get the disenchanted disenfranchised disengaged – engaged and voting.

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