The moment Corbyn turned the IRA smear campaign into the greatest case for him to be PM [VIDEO]

Support us and go ad-free

On the BBC Question Time election special, Corbyn turned the longstanding IRA smear campaign into the greatest case for him to be Prime Minister.

Theresa May has centred her election campaign on the Brexit negotiations. But the Labour leader showed that, beneath the smears, his involvement with the peace process in Northern Ireland actually makes him a great candidate for delivering Brexit:

I was talking to representatives of the Republican movement… You have to bring about a peace process by talking to people that you don’t agree with. If you just talk amongst your friends, you’re not going to get a peace process

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

May V Corbyn

The two main party leaders have run very different campaigns. And the public will be watching to see who has the best skill set to negotiate Brexit. Corbyn began Question Time by pointing out that May has still refused to debate him head-to-head:

I think it’s a shame the Prime Minister hasn’t taken part in a debate

During May’s carefully stage-managed campaign, she has hidden from the public and journalists, while repeatedly refusing to debate opposition leaders. One of the most recent examples is May pulling out of every single BBC regional interview she was scheduled to attend. A BBC employee broke orders to inform people about the move after the BBC covered for the Conservative leader.

So many across the country are wondering where the so-called “strong and stable” leadership is. Sky News Political Correspondent Beth Rigby called May’s campaign the “most controlled” she’d ever seen. She keeps negotiation with her own electorate to an absolute minimum. So people are questioning how she will negotiate a decent post-Brexit deal with the EU.

Whereas Corbyn has received praise from even Sun journalists for his open, democratic campaign. Bolstering his negotiation credentials, the Labour leader received the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award in 2013. He obtained the prestigious award in recognition of his “consistent efforts over a 30-year Parliamentary career to uphold the Gandhian values of social justice and non‐violence”.

On Question Time, Corbyn combated IRA smears and displayed his long history of negotiation experience. In contrast to May’s cowering, the Labour leader’s resilience has undoubtedly shone through this election. Whether it’s enough on election day depends upon ordinary people getting this message out there.

Get Involved!

– Get out and vote on 8 June. And encourage others to do the same.

– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.

– See more Canary articles on the 2017 general election.

– Support The Canary if you value the work we do.

Featured image via screenshot

Support us and go ad-free

Do your bit for independent journalism

Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.

We need you to help out, if you can.

When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.

You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.

In return you get:

  • Advert free reading experience
  • Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
  • 20% discount from our shop

 

The Canary Fund us

Comments are closed