Back in the day, when he was a mere Parliamentary candidate, Rochdale’s nominally Labour MP Simon Danczuk was aghast at the way in which some serving and former politicians had no problem advocating for military action, without regard for the inevitable death and destruction visited upon civilian populations. But now he has the opportunity to put the boot into Jeremy Corbyn, and so all is miraculously changed.
When Israel launched strikes against Gaza in early 2009, Danczuk was unequivocal in condemning his Labour predecessor: “Mr Danczuk … criticised Rochdale’s former Labour MP, Lorna Fitzsimmons, who, in her capacity as chief executive of Britain Israel Research and Communications Centre, has been a vociferous advocate for the Israeli invasion … ‘Her comments on television are not helpful,’ he said. ‘She sounds nothing more than a feverish warmonger’”. He could not have put that more plainly.
But that was then, and now Danczuk, who readily concedes he voted against the last proposed bombing excursion in 2013, has decided that he is going to vote with the Government in favour of raining high explosive on mainly civilian areas of Syria, because the inhabitants are unfortunate enough to find themselves in areas controlled by ISIS, or whatever they’re called this week.
This is a most interesting decision – because my information is that Rochdale’s Constituency Labour Party has recommended that its MP should vote with Corbyn and most of Labour’s MPs, and oppose air strikes. There is, I am told, increasing unease among those who have stuck with Danczuk through all the machinations, dirty tricks and smear campaigns, at his inability to listen.
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