Social media user Tom
Midway through the mother-son video call, a Conservative campaigner came knocking at the door. Knowing what his mum is like, Tom asked her to take the laptop with her. She did not disappoint:
— tom 🏴 (@tomosgjames) June 2, 2017
Tom’s mum said:
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I work with disabled children. They’ve cut and cut and cut services and money for disabled children. And I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to be in those houses.
To which the Conservative campaigner responded with a go-to smear about Jeremy Corbyn:
… put an IRA supporter in charge of our country?
But she was having none of it:
I don’t give a shit about the IRA… I really do not want your shit through my door ever again. So if you wanna cross me off your list I would be really happy
Never come here again!
How was that Tom?
On the BBC Question Time election special, Corbyn was asked about the IRA. He set the record straight:
I was talking to representatives of the Republican movement… actually so was the government at the same time… 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
The violence finally ended due to the peace process Corbyn participated in. That was achieved by numerous governments negotiating with the IRA:
The British Government held secret talks with the IRA in
Jeremy Corbyn chatted publicly with Sinn Féin. pic.twitter.com/bQ0MCKH0sN
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) May 3, 2017
The attempts to smear Corbyn not only misrepresent history, but also suppress the Labour leader’s history of supporting peace and negotiation. For example, Corbyn 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”.
Given the context that Corbyn has always supported peace, Tom’s mum spoke for many when she said she “doesn’t give a shit”. That the Conservatives have to dig so far into Corbyn’s past to attempt to find something of use speaks volumes. Tom’s mum refused to be distracted by such irrelevancies and that’s a lesson for us all.
– 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.
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