He may have stuck by his principles since first being elected in 1983, but there are a number of reasons why many believe that Corbyn is unfit to be Prime Minister, and these reasons are explored in this article.
His Numbers Don’t Add Up
We will begin this analysis by exploring the famous Labour Party magic money tree.
Corbyn claimed that the Labour manifesto was fully costed, yet it failed to outline how much it would cost to nationalise private sector industries such as the railways. It was also reported by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that in order to bring these industries back into public ownership, this would involve an increase in government borrowing, subsequently increasing the national debt. If Corbyn wants to govern the UK, he will probably need to run through some numbers a few times beforehand, to avoid a repeat of the economic crash his party were responsible for.
He Refuses To Condemn The IRA
In the general election, Jeremy Corbyn came under fire once again for denying allegations that he met with the IRA.
This denial came after it was reported that MI5 opened a file on him which claimed that he met with IRA members at least nine times. Along with this, the Labour leader has sparked further outrage after failing to publicly condemn the IRA in a series of interviews.
Instead of distancing himself from this issue, he has aroused further suspicion by appointing John McDonnell, a man who called for IRA militants to be “honoured” in 2003 as his Shadow Chancellor, and Diane Abbott, who in 1984 claimed that “every defeat of the British state is a victory for us all” as Shadow Home Secretary. If Jeremy Corbyn truly condemns the IRA and their actions, why does he continue to surround himself with individuals who have sympathised with their beliefs and ambitions?
He Is Anti-Monarchist
Jeremy Corbyn has made no apologies for previously stating in 2015 “I am at heart, as you very well know, a republican”.
Corbyn has been the subject of criticism after previously not singing the national anthem at a Battle of Britain memorial service in 2015. More recently, Jeremy Corbyn was grilled by TV host Jeremy Paxman on his views regarding the monarchy – Paxman asked why the Labour manifesto included nothing about “getting rid of the monarchy” – After a momentary pause, the Labour leader responded by saying “look, there’s nothing in there because we’re not going to do it”.
Whilst his response may have been pleasing for the audience to hear, Corbyn did not directly dispute the allegations made towards him – Although, as we have learnt from previous interviews, he doesn’t like to answer questions honestly.
Hezbollah & Hamas Are His Friends
Just like his links to the IRA, this is an issue that has haunted Corbyn since becoming the Labour leader.
In a meeting held in parliament in 2009, Corbyn referred to both terrorist organisations as his ‘friends’. He told Channel 4 News that he used the word in a “collective way” when discussing a peace process in the Middle East, although this is hardly the language expected of an aspiring Prime Minister. His comments may have been made in 2009, but we are still none the wiser as to whether he truly regrets making this reference.
He Believes In Nuclear Disarmament
It is no secret that Jeremy Corbyn is an avid pacifist who not only believes in the abolition of NATO, but also believes in the removal of Trident.
During the election campaign, many voters carried the notion whereby if you disagree with Corbyn’s stance on Trident, then somehow, this means you have an unnatural desire to blow up millions of people – This couldn’t be further from the truth. For many voters, Trident is not viewed as a resource to kill millions of people; it is viewed as a resource to protect millions of people. In an interview with Andrew Neil, Corbyn was asked on multiple occasions if he personally supported the renewal of Trident – Conflicted by his own personal views, the Labour leader could not bring himself to say yes. Instead, he reiterated that this was included in their manifesto, and that the party would aim to negotiate multilateral disarmament with other nations.
Though I believe that good leadership means tackling the most pressing issues within domestic policy, I also believe that good leadership means putting your personal feelings aside for the greater good of your country, and your people. As Prime Minister, your most important priority must be protecting your people from the threats we face as a nation. With this in mind, ask yourselves this – Would you truly feel safe under Corbyn’s passive leadership? I’ll let you be the judge.
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