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Those who attack Jeremy bring enduring disgrace on the Mother of Parliaments

by Cyriac Maprayil

JEREMY CORBYN was elected as the leader of the Labour Party with an overwhelming majority less than an year ago.

Since I came to this country, I have seen many prime ministers come and go — Labour as well as Conservative.

The last Labour prime minister who had a touch of normality and humanity was Jim Callaghan, and the last Conservative prime minister with similar qualities was Edward Heath.

Those who came after — Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair — and regardless of the party they belonged to, had a divisive and polarising impact on multicultural Britain.

Thatcher, with her attacks on the weaker sections of the society, and Blair with his bombing crusade against the nations of the Middle East.

Britain and its democratic traditions have been irreparably damaged during the Thatcher and Blair period.

We now have a new generation of citizens who have lost faith in politics because their leaders were found lacking in honesty, integrity and faith in true democratic principles.

The disillusionment has reached a new depth with the exposure of the corruption scandal where many members of Parliament were found guilty of generating extra income for themselves through illegal means.

?In Jeremy Corbyn, the disaffected found an anchor — a sense of security and confidence.

He is in fact a torch in the long, dark tunnel of politics created by some of the unprincipled and greedy politicians of our times.

Corbyn is transparent, unassuming, inclusive and compassionate in his policies, politics and mindset.

For that reason alone, he is not accepted by the conventional politicians who look at politics as a career-enhancing pursuit, regardless of what happens to the country and its people, with complete confidence that wheeling and dealing alone is adequate to deal with problems such as unemployment and poverty in our midst.

?The EU referendum was a self-inflicted measure on the part of the present government.

The idea of a referendum was thrown up into the air as a bullying bargaining tool regarding the rest of the members of the EU to get a better deal for Britain.

Eventually it backfired and the prime minister fell into the pit of his own making, forgetting the lessons of recent history of British public life, where backstabbing and disloyalty has become commonplace.

Brexit, in any case, was not of Labour’s making. David Cameron and his closest colleagues campaigned day and night to keep Britain in the EU, while others campaigned to get Britain out of the EU.

Labour adopted the policy of keeping EU membership but fighting for a fairer structural framework within it for all its members in the near future.

Once the result was out, the Labour members of Parliament blamed their leader for not being forcible enough in his appeals towards the Labour electorate. But Corbyn was clearly running up and down the country campaigning for Remain.

This is not something that anyone can vilify him for, let alone find an excuse to get rid of him from his position as party leader.

In fact had Labour MPs campaigned properly in their respective constituencies, a Brexit might not have occurred.

Those who attack Jeremy Corbyn at this juncture are standing in the way of democracy and common sense.

They are bringing about enduring disgrace to the mother of Parliaments.

One should not forget that the referendum was not a part of the Labour manifesto and Jeremy Corbyn should not be made accountable to the outcome of the referendum any more than any other member of Parliament.

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