At 11.30 am today Jeremy Corbyn will give a landmark speech on his and Labour’s approach to international relations puts him streets ahead of Theresa May as the one Britons can trust not only with Brexit negotiations but with the UK’s relationships with the rest of the world.
Corbyn’s statesmanship stands in stark contrast to May’s default ‘cowardly bully’ style and will mean that this country can hold its head up among nations. It makes him and Labour the only choice for any voter who thinks sane, humane, thoughtful and rational are desirable qualities in a national leader to make the UK safer.
A Labour press release just de-embargoed (emphases by this blog) said:
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, will deliver a speech at Chatham House on Friday in which he is expected to say:
“If elected Prime Minister, I will do everything necessary to protect the safety and security of our people and our country. The best defence for Britain is a government actively engaged in seeking peaceful solutions to the world’s problems.
But I am not a pacifist. I accept that military action, under international law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary. But that is very far from the kind of unilateral wars and interventions that have almost become routine in recent times.
Waiting to see which way the wind blows in Washington isn’t strong leadership. And pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability.
Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country’s security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House. So no more hand-holding with Donald Trump – a Labour government will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy made in London.
This is the fourth general election in a row to be held while Britain is at war and our armed forces are in action in the Middle East and beyond. The “war on terror” which lies behind these interventions has failed.
They have not increased our security at home – rather the opposite – and they have caused destabilisation and devastation abroad. The ‘bomb first, talk later’ approach to security has failed. To persist with it, as the Conservative Government has made clear it is determined to do, is a recipe for increasing not reducing threats and insecurity.
Corbyn’s thoughtful, measured, independent approach sets him apart not only from Theresa May but from former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair – and shows him far stronger in mind and character than either.
The event will be live-streamed by Chatham House and can be accessed here. The suggested hashtag for social media discussion is #CHCorbyn.
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