The Tories’ attempts to attack Jeremy Corbyn’s speech yesterday on terrorism and security would be funny if they weren’t aimed at keeping them in power to continue to hobble this country.
Some were funny anyway. Boris Johnson called Corbyn’s speech ‘monstrous’ – for saying exactly what Johnson himself had said a few years ago. Pick of the bunch, hapless Defence (I know) Secretary Michael Fallon had a second meltdown hot on the heels of the first one, when Krishnan Guru-Murthy read him Johnson’s words and he attacked them in fake high dudgeon thinking they were Corbyn’s. Watch it, you won’t regret it.
More seriously, Theresa May stood and spouted outright lies – that she knew were outright lies – in front of the leaders of other nations. So far, the Establishment media doesn’t seem to thought this extraordinary behaviour worth pointing out.
But the Tories cannot prevent the dissenting voices carrying huge authority. We’ve already seen that former MI5 head Stella Rimington made exactly the same connections between British actions abroad and the terror threat at home. The best-informed MPs on the subject, those on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, agreed just 8 months ago.
And another voice was heard on the topic on BBC News yesterday: former British Ambassador to Libya and Iran, Sir Richard Dalton:
Those who know, know. The Tories, on the other hand, evade, hide or lie. It’s clear who can be trusted with our nation’s security.
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