On the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today., Theresa May today refused four times to answer Marr’s on whether she knew, at the time of she was asking the Commons to approve the hugely-expensive renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system, about the drastic failure of the missile during a test some weeks before.
Of course she knew, just as John Major and Tony Blair knew about soldiers masquerading as police in operations in the UK – because they received a regular military briefing. There’s no way that the Ministry of Defence could withhold that information from her – and the source who told the Sunday Times about the failure was unequivocal:
There was a major panic at the highest level of government and the military after the first test of our nuclear deterrent in four years ended in disastrous failure,” the source told the paper.
Ultimately Downing Street decided to cover up the failed test. If the information was made public, they knew how damaging it would be to the credibility of our nuclear deterrent. The upcoming Trident vote made it all the more sensitive.
So she went to Parliament to ask MPs to approve a £200 billion renewal of a missile system she knew to be unreliable.
This should, of course, be a matter that forces the Prime Minister to resign and brings down the government. But it won’t be. Tories lie – and these days they brazen it out, shamelessly. What would have been a matter of honour a few decades ago is now ignored, because they have no honour.
After all, Jeremy Hunt gave inside information to Rupert Murdoch about the government’s deliberations on Murdoch’s Sky bid – and ended up promoted to the position of Health Secretary.
People are used to this moral bankruptcy on the part of politicians and especially Tory ones.
What it does highlight, though, is Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s integrity and prescience. Again.
Corbyn has an impeccable track record, not only of authenticity and integrity, but of being right about it. He’s ‘on the right side of history’, as the saying goes, pretty much every time. On:
- Libyan military action
- Syrian military action
- his willingness to engage with the IRA and Sinn Fein to work for peace in Northern Ireland
- the invasion of Iraq – twice
- South African apartheid
- .Pinochet’s oppression of Chile
- The miners’ strike
- LBGT rights
- The Birmingham Six
- The Guildford Four
- Tuition fees
- PFI (private finance initiative) in the NHS
- Palestine and Palestinian rights
and now on Trident.
On all of the above, Corbyn stood out from the crowd – suffering derision and condemnation – and turned out to be right all along.
Corbyn’s record speaks volumes for his foresight, insight and courage. Theresa May’s, by contrast, says the opposite about hers on almost all of the above issues.
Of course, you’re extremely unlikely to read that in the papers or hear it on the news. But that doesn’t mean it’s not true – the mainstream press and broadcast media are this country’s main source of fake news. They sometimes even admit it – kind of.
So it’s up to you and me, dear reader. There are two by-elections imminent and, with media owned or suborned by the rich and powerful, the huge gulf in class and prescience between Corbyn and the leaders of the other main parties will emphatically not be a theme that will reach the consciousness of voters there and across the country.
Unless we get word to them.
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