Whose Insane Around here: Corbyn or the Realists?

Whose Insane Around here: Corbyn or the Realists?images-6

Kevin P Clements

Jeremy Corbyn is being pilloried by the Murdoch Press and radio for saying that as Prime Minister he would (i) not use nuclear weapons in defence of the UK, (ii) that he does not believe in nuclear deterrence and (iii) that he would work for the total abolition of all weapons of mass destruction. Instead of applauding this sensible, ethical and rational statement, right wing labourites are declaring him on the “dissident extreme left fringe” and the Press argues that this comment further underlines how extreme and unelectable he is. Mmmm. Corbyn is saying that the Nuclear Powers (The Emporer ) have no clothes and no arguments in defence of deterrence and he is accused of extremism instead of being applauded for his common sense. I don’t care if the establishment don’t find Corbyn electable. he is saying things that people in their heart of hearts know to be true….this is why he is gaining rather than losing popularity with all my friends…. Have I been hanging out with extremists too long or are we the wave of a new and much more radical future? !!!!

I was shocked to hear  Professor Michael Clarke  Director General of the Royal United Services Institute.( on Radio 4)  indicate what would happen if Corbyn were elected. Apparently, he like every other British Prime Minister ,will be visited by defence officials  after being sworn into office and asked to write a sealed letter to the Chief of Defence Staff giving him and  his nuclear submarine commanders  authority to activate nuclear codes in the event of  becoming incapacitated or killed. Nobody knows for sure what is in the letter but  it apparently  provides for a number of options such as  retaliate or  take unilateral action against whatever nuclear threat is on the horizon.  I would have thought that any 21st century Prime Minister would want to place some more secure breaks over the British independent nuclear deterrent.  I would also have thought that the more sensible option would be to say that the whole nuclear deterrent  doctrine makes no sense any more; that there is no justification for spending 65% of the British Defence Budget on renewing Trident   and furthermore that the most prudent, humane and sensible option is to work rapidly for the total abolition of all such weapons in order to avoid the doomsday scenarios that  are taken for granted in Whitehall.

In any event, I think its about time that we had a Jeremy Corbyn type campaigning for office in the US, in  France, in Russia and China – not to mention India and Pakistan. So that the world was presented with some life affirming rational choices instead of  choices that, if exercised would result in global destruction.


About kevinclements2012

Short CV Professor Kevin P Clements. I am the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand and Secretary General of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy. Prior to taking up these positions I was the Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia . I went to Queensland from International Alert where I was Secretary General from January 1999 to September 2003. International Alert is one of the world’s largest NGOs working on conflict transformation. It pioneered innovative policy and practical approaches to conflict prevention and transformation in Africa ,Eurasia and Asia . It has also made a major contribution to the mainstreaming of conflict prevention within European Foreign and Development Ministries, the EU and a variety of UN institutions. During his time there I was on the Board of the European Centre for Conflict Prevention and past President of the European Peace Building Liaison Office in Brussels. Prior to becoming Secretary General of International Alert I was the Vernon and Minnie Lynch Chair of Conflict Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University Fairfax Virginia USA 1994-2000 and Director of the Institute from 1994-1999. My career has been a combination of academic analysis and practice in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. I was, for example, formerly Director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra .Prior to this I was Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Coordinator of Peace Studies at Canterbury University, Christchurch New Zealand . My first academic position was as a lecturer in Sociology at Hong Kong University . I took up this position from a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Oxford University where I worked on development issues with Paul Streeten and others. I have been an advisor to the New Zealand, Australian , British , Swedish and Dutch governments on conflict prevention , peace, defence and security issues and advised the German Government and the OECD on States and Violence. I was, a member of the New Zealand Government’s Defence Committee of Enquiry in 1985 and I currently conducting Problem Solving Workshops in North East Asia with high level participants from Japan, China and Korea. Iwas President of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) from 1994-1998, President of the IPRA Foundation from 1995-2000 and Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Peace Research Association. I was Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association 2008-2010. I got my B.A, B.A Hon ( First Class) and Ph.D in Sociology from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand. and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford from 1970-1971. I have been a regular consultant to a variety of non governmental and intergovernmental organisations on disarmament, arms control, conflict resolution, development and regional security issues and I have written or edited 7 books and over 160 chapters /articles on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, preventive diplomacy and development with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region. Research Expertise 1. Peace Research Theory- Conflict and Conflict Resolution Theory . Preventive Diplomacy , Development and Peacebuilding 2. International and Regional Regimes-APEC, ASEAN, the ARF, ECOWAS 3. Political Sociology-International Organisations. Multilateral/bilateral negotiating processes. 4. Fragile States, Legitimacy and Political Hybridity 5. Alternative Defence and Security Policies-Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific region. 6. The politics and ethics of international humanitarian intervention 7. Altruism and Compassion In my spare time I like to paint with acrylics or pastels, go to the theatre, listen to classical music, visit art galleries etc!
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