This Writer welcomes Chuka Umunna’s latest attempt to show defiance against Jeremy Corbyn.
Anyone who knows what he said will see very clearly that he has lost his grip on reality altogether.
Have a glance at the following:
Chuka Umunna, the former shadow business secretary, who withdrew from the leadership campaign early in the contest, said he would vote on his conscience whatever the leadership decides and is minded to vote in favour of the government’s plans.
“My own personal view is that where are our national security is threatened it would be wrong simply to leave it to others to deal with it,” he said.
Unfortunately for Chuka, that’s not what is being suggested. We aren’t facing a simple choice between air strikes on Syria and doing nothing at all, and any claim that we are is misleading. Chuka seems to think this is the case. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has made it perfectly clear that there are alternatives. Chuka is ignoring them. Draw your own conclusions
“We can’t ignore the barbarity of this death cult, who throw gay people off buildings, systematically rape women, [and] carry out mass executions.”
Nobody is ignoring the barbarity of Daesh (IS if you like). Suggestions of that kind belittle the work being done in the UK to find a practical solution that will end it forever, rather than simply perpetuating the cycle – which is what David Cameron is attempting. Chuka is ignoring the facts of the situation.
Now, do I think that military action – and by the way I am minded to support military intervention, but we have yet to see the wording of the motion – is going to resolve this conflict? Of course not.
Chuka directly contradicts himself in the course of two sentences. He thinks he might support military intervention, knowing that it won’t resolve the conflict.
But what I do think it can do in the interim is … start to dismantle what Isil are doing.”
No, it will simply turn more people into terrorists, in response to the murder of their innocent families and friends – as Mr Corbyn has been saying all along.
Chuka is, of course, the Labour MP who thought it would be a good idea to bring arch-Tory Michael Heseltine into a future Labour government as an adviser, when it seemed Labour might win the general election in May this year.
In summary: Chuka Umunna – Phew! What a loonie!
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