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.