The predictable attacks on Jeremy Corbyn after any Armistice Day service have been rehashed – a literal rehash of an old ‘MSM’ smear against Michael Foot about his attire during the remembrance service, as well as a risible criticism of the size of his poppy – which was more or less indistinguishable from the one worn by the wife of the German president, without criticism by the media, as she stood next to the Duchess of Sussex during the laying of wreaths:
Such is the bankrupt nature of the mainstream media – but armed forces veterans and their loved ones have a very different perspective on what is important.
During the 2017 general election campaign, Corbyn was frequently greeted by ex-forces well-wishers who often expressed their outrage and frustration at the government’s treatment of their comrades and families and their excitement at the prospect of change. One such supporter was filmed greeting Corbyn to talk about his own experiences – and his affection was the Labour leader was unalloyed:
No wonder. While the government continue its shameful neglect of the wellbeing of former forces personnel and their families – suicide rates among veterans have increased massively under the Tories as mental health services collapse – Corbyn’s instinctive empathy and understanding are matched by a determination to improve life for ex-forces people and everyone.
There were similar scenes this time last year. While the right-wing press doctored images to try to claim Corbyn ‘danced’ on his way to the Cenotaph, Corbyn stayed behind long after the dignitaries had departed, ignoring so-called ‘VIPs’, to talk to those who had attended to remember fallen comrades.
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