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

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1. 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.


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

  1. Vad says:

    Jeremy Corbyn view or action + whatever statistic or poll which ‘proves he was right’ = blindly pro Corbyn blog with little substance.
    Number 10 relies on his view being shared by the British public and thus good ….. Whilst number 12 paints him as the sole advocate of Palestinian rights against the hostile western public and thus good again …
    And the old austerity has resulted in more debt argument … Are you really going to try and use that one again ? Does someone else have to explain again how total amount is different to percentage of GDP… Or point out how successful the economy is …. Or did Corbyn want the treasury to buy Apple shares and the evil thatcherites told him he was crazy.

    • Don’t give me that pro-austerity “successful economy” bullshit. I work with the homeless, there’s now a greater dependence on foodbanks than before. Getting a lot of people visiting the office because changes to welfare have made them poor in spite of them actually working. The economy is a total shambles under David Cameron. Poverty is on the rise.
      Keep to your fancy dinner parties and leave politics the people who understand the problems faced by the working class, rather than these privileged privately schooled Tory toffs.
      If we really needed to save money we should just tax the rich more. They can afford it, and it’s easier to make money the more you have so it’d be fair for them to pay a higher percentage, rather than to keep getting tax breaks. Anyone who thinks they worked harder for it is really ignorant.

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  5. Pussywillow says:

    Even Corbyn,s bicycle saddle is RED what a Zelot, and what a lot of brain dead followers, talk about twitterwankerarty like sheep baaaaaaa.

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  7. Stephen says:

    In a live discussion with my MP in 2011, when I told my supposedly Labour MP that “houses cost too much” he replied with great indignation “I’m not going to tell someone the value of his house has gone down.” Says it all, really.

  8. Pussywillow says:

    Well he has just proven my point that all lefty so are correct 100% of the time, denighing he has never ever met the person who happened to be a terrorist of some kind that the left like to have a cosy chat to from time to time, oh Wait a minute I do remember I have met him but I just happen to forget, yeh right, as I said the left are never right, just a bit racist when it comes to Israel or any other people that get in the way.

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  11. i’m still waiting for the world to end, like all the mainstream media said … and i have to say i am fairly disappointed it hasn’t ended…but saying that, Jeremy Corbyn has just been handed the highest share of the vote by any labour leader … best thing that ever happened to old, new, tory/Labour. i’ll be happy when it stands for common man again and becomes a true Labour party again ,,,

  12. Gary says:

    ok he was right 12 times Palestine Trident and Railways ..Not in my opinion . Palestine can’t be dealt with while hammas run it. They use people like Corbyn they dont want to negotiate really. Trident ..We need our own deterrent if you think the Americans would go to war for us you’re deluded. Railways ..Been tried failed forget it.

    • Phoenix says:

      We need the Americans to say yes before we can launch trident, so it’s useless in the terms you say. We don’t even have the power to launch it ourselves! It’s just a token cap doffing white elephant to the Americans, which we pay for. You may want to look into it in more detail. Money better spent looking after our soldiers on front line and when they get home after being mutilated by war.

  13. Save the sport spirit for the Olympics. In politics winning is not an option and an honourable defeat is still a defeat.
    Since the 13rd september we’ve been reading “experts” explaining, with patronizing patience, that Jeremy Corbyn will never be able to win an election in Britain. Too much of a socialist, too much of a radical, he can never gather the majority of votes. Not in Britain.
    Curiously, those “experts” have been losing their own elections, and badly. The Labour party lost, and badly, the latest electoral chance. In Scotland it’s been almost cancelled, to advantage of Scottish National Party, whose agenda contained severe criticism to the ultra liberalist model followed by Cameron and not too much opposed by Millband’s Labour.
    Remarkably, when european socialists accepted to compromise with neoliberal policies, to privatise public services, in a word when they stopped being socialist, they lost, and badly. Well, in Italy, they say they won. But in fact Renzi’s Democrat Party does not belong to the left anymore. They promoted laws that cancelled workers’ rights and their leader proclaims to take Tony Blair as his model. But twenty years later, when we all know who Tony Blair really is.
    It’s interesting to remind that Jeremy Corbyn won his elections, eight times. He knows his electoral college, he knows what people think and need, he knows their problems and tries to solve them. And he won. The people of Islington kept voting for him. He is not fashionable, but he is faithful to his ideals as he’s always been, without any compromise.
    Our “experts” are puzzled. He is not young, not “cool”, not stylish, not much of a diplomat who speaks as he thinks, and he uses old disused terms such as “socialism”, a word that has been by now neglected by socialists themselves, it’s obsolete and archaic, not fit to modern times.
    Well, strange enough, Corbyn voters are largely young people, who maybe don’t undestand exactly what a socialist really is. Unfortunately for them, the only socialist they ever met was Tony Blair. But they trust Jeremy Corbyn: he speaks clearly, he doesn’t want to be modern, he simply defends his ideals. And after all, socialism is something that is easy to learn: it means solidarity, it means fighting for rights and for freedom, against injustice and inequality, it means defending workers’ rights and public services. Corbyn always did that, stubbornly. And he stayed clean.
    Corbyn’s victory should be a lesson for all of us, weak and feeble italian socialists. Before starting the quest for an italian version of Jeremy Corbyn, we have to, we need to rebuild this political common ground and find this constancy again.
    I don’t know whether or not Corbyn’s Labour Party will win next elections. He doesn’t know either, but I know he will fight for an honourable defeat. He wants his ideals to win. And as his ideals are ours, we will share his fight.

    Then raise the scarlet standard high!
    Within its shade we’ll live or die.
    Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
    We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

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  22. ross Adams says:

    I wonder why everyone is arguing about LEFT or RIGHT or MIDDLE but nobody ever bothers dealing with the real cause .BANKS, the big financial institutes that loan money to every country . HOW is that possible in a sane world?

  23. Someone saying about Hamas. Lets put it this way, someone from somewhere else in the world comes along with their army & kick you out of your house & say you have no right to be there as god gave them that land 1000’s of years ago. What do you do. I know what l would do, just as my forefathers did against Hitler. Other nations who have invaded & taken over nations have not then displaced & removed the masses from their homes as the Jews do against the people of Palestine.

  24. Our leaders should be principled, but being principled doesn’t necessarily make you a leader.
    Where was he in the major tv debates? Refusing to share platforms with Tories, presumably. Which is exactly his problem.
    He lives in a bubble, addressing nothing other than rallies of his adoring fans.
    How lovely, except preaching to the converted won’t help one marginalised person, getting into power is needed to do that.
    A lovely man, a kind man, but as opposition leader, he’s as much use as a chocolate fireguard.
    It will probably take election meltdown to shift him, but even then his deluded fans will just blame Laura Kuenssberg.

  25. Tissa says:

    There are a few things missing. NATO bombing of Serbia and the use of Uranium- I’m pretty sure there was a piece about him speaking out against this, as well as on Kosovo in 99′.

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  28. Reblogged this on Soul Needs – ONE GARDEN and commented:
    These 15 commitments by JC are a history of major challenges in the past and many constitute part of the agenda of need for the immediate future. The treatment he is getting from UK media – including the BBC – is a national disgrace to add to all other recent national disgraces.

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  31. Kerry Moreton says:

    Under 15 you have failed to mention that the United Nations has found the austerity programme to breach Human Rights in the UK

  32. Mark Blagrove says:

    But he’s not right to say we need a ‘path to brexit’. Most Labour members, like me, oppose brexit.

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