At Labour’s 2017 conference, Jeremy Corbyn told party members that they are now the “political mainstream”. And the Nobel Peace Prize awarded this year suggests that’s absolutely true.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee gave the peace prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on 6 October. ICAN has been instrumental in securing a new UN treaty on getting rid of nuclear weapons.
Corbyn has a longstanding commitment to nuclear disarmament; many party members and the wider public feel the same. But the media and his political opponents have regularly used this position as a stick to beat him with.
The committee’s decision, however, shows that some don’t see an anti-nuclear stance as a weakness but as a strong, commendable posture. And in this situation, the most highly recognised ‘mainstream’ award body in the world has apparently taken that view.
And the winner is…
Speaking about its decision, the committee said:
The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons
Countries began signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 20 September, after adopting it in July. It essentially commits signatories to never having nuclear weapons; and to getting rid of any they already have.
And last prize goes to…
But some countries have chosen not to sign the treaty. The UK is among them, along with the other eight nuclear powers.
Corbyn, however, welcomed the committee’s decision, saying:
The need to avoid a nuclear apocalypse killing millions upon millions of innocents and wrecking our planet… is becoming ever more pressing.
And that’s something the Norwegian Nobel Committee, ICAN, Corbyn, and many of the world’s populations agree on. Because it’s bizarre and dangerous to think anything but.
Featured image via David Mirzoeff
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