by Stuart Littlewood
British politics hit a new low last week at the UK Conservative Party conference when David Cameron made an unseemly personal attack on Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition. Here he is in full prime ministerial flow:
“And on the subject of protecting our country from terrorism, let me just say this:
Thousands of words have been written about the new Labour leader.
But you only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a “tragedy”.
A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York.
A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day.
A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit.
My friends – we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love.”
Bin Laden’s death was indeed a tragedy for the simply reason that he was executed without due process and his body needlessly destroyed so that you and I can never be sure that it was he. The deliberate extra-judicial slaying concealed the truth about the man and whether he really existed.
In the same way, there has never been a proper inquiry into the destruction of the towers. Consequently conspiracy theories abound to challenge the official version of events, which may eventually be shown to be the greatest and most evil conspiracy of all time.
And of course you cannot talk of Corbyn’s “sympathising” with Hamas and Hezbollah without mentioning Cameron’s own undying support for the murderous Israeli regime. Only a few days beforehand he had invited and welcomed to the UK Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu, who is wanted for war crimes. At the time a petition with 108,000 signatures demanding his arrest had been presented.
Cameron’s lame excuse for ignoring it was that heads of state are immune from legal process and his administration has close and friendly relations with Israel “built on decades of co-operation”. The official statement might have been written in Tel Aviv. Referring to Operation Protective Edge (Israel’s vicious bombardment of Gaza and slaughter of its women and children last year), it said that “where there is evidence of wrongdoing those responsible must be held accountable whatever their position in society”, thereby contradicting Cameron’s claim about immunity.
People increasingly see Cameron himself as the main threat to our security. Before mysteriously appearing from nowhere to become Conservative Party leader in 2005, with Jewish backing, he failed to exercise due diligence and voted for war in Iraq. For that grotesque error he should never have been allowed near the levers of power. Since then he has played the ever-obedient poodle of the Washington-Tel Aviv axis, the biggest terror alliance of all time. He blunders around the Middle East like a meddlesome playground bully causing mayhem and grief which, understandably, rebounds on us at home. He surrounds himself with fellow warmongers. And he’s determined to spend £billions we can’t afford on a non-independent US manufactured and serviced nuclear “deterrent”.
He even sees himself pressing the button, saying there are circumstances in which it is justified.
Meanwhile the maverick Corbyn, having been lambasted for not wearing a tie and not singing that awful dirge, the national anthem, absented himself from a meeting with the Queen at which new members of the Privy Council are sworn in and kneel to the monarch. He pleaded a prior private engagement and the need for relaxation after a hectic last few months. To great public amusement he was reported on a walking holiday in the Highlands of Scotland on the day in question.
Stuart Littlewood worked on jet fighters in the RAF then pursued a career in industrial marketing.
More recently he worked as a freelance and with innovation consultancies. Psychology degree Exeter University, Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Served as a Cambridgeshire county councilor 1993-97 and on the Police Authority. Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Since retiring has been a newspaper columnist and produced two photo-documentary books. He is a regular contributor to a number of internet news magazines.
Stuart’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, tells the plight of the Palestinians under brutal occupation. It can now be read on the internet by visiting RadioFreePalestine.org.uk.