The ‘Leave’ campaign has hit a new low with a website claiming to represent Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s opinions on the European Union and calling on readers to support this misrepresentation of his view.
Here it is, and no – I won’t be publishing the web address:
There’s just one problem: This is not what Jeremy Corbyn thinks of the EU. It may have been, once, but it is very clear that if he ever held those views he has changed his mind now.
Here are his current views, as expressed on Channel 4’s The Last Leg, just two days ago (Friday, June 10): ” I back Remain because I think the economy is important and obviously links with Europe are important. I think human rights are important and I think the workers rights that we’ve got through workers campaigning to get them in Europe is important. And I want to be part of Europe to work to defeat the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and work with other people to stop the exploitation of migrant workers all across Europe, including in this country.”
Challenged with a claim that there were workers’ rights before joining the European Union (then the EEC) in 1975, he said:
“There weren’t, actually. We won the four weeks’ holiday because of work by unions all over Europe; it wasn’t a gift from the European Union. It was collective action by unions across Europe – likewise maternity and paternity leave, likewise agency workers and issues like that.
“But there’s also a big thing about the environment. Do you know something? If you pollute the water, it goes across national borders. If you put dirty, foul things up in the air, they cross national frontiers. You’re only going to deal with environmental pollution, bringing about a more sustainable planet, by people working together; the only way you’ll bring about a cleaner continent. We have rules on air quality – evaded by Boris Johnson, perhaps – but they are still there so I think we have to work with other people.
“I’m not a huge fan of the European Union. What I believe is it’s a practical decision that we take in order to try to get better conditions across the whole continent – for everybody.”
They’re fine words, and they won the support of thousands of people across the UK – if not millions, by now. Watch him speak them, here.
That hasn’t stopped certain people from taking to Twitter to champion the ‘Vote Leave’ falsehood. People like this, who told me: “Just shows as a Politician you should always be mindful of what U say, especially now with Social Media.”
I responded: “So nobody is allowed to change their mind any more? Ridiculous. ‘Leave’ are misrepresenting Jeremy Corbyn & know it.”
Here’s the comeback: “Sorry, if he said it he said it, that’s the way it is. Just like Farage gets pilloried for past comments.”
So now, according to Vote Leave, nobody is allowed to change their mind.
What, you think Jeremy Corbyn should be a special case? If it applies to him, it applies to the rest of us as well. That’s democracy for you – and democracy is what the EU referendum is all about.
I pointed out that Farage gets pilloried for his past comments because he still agrees with the things he said that caused offence. Because he does – right?
So then I received this: “Are you honestly telling me you don’t agree that what he “allegedly” said about EU is actually correct?”
No! That’s not what I was telling him at all. I stated that Jeremy Corbyn has changed his mind. Didn’t this guy read my tweet?
“Of course you’re entitled 2 your view, just like I think Jeremy actually still thinks what’s on poster,” he tweeted.
“I think it actually sums up the EU pretty accurately.” His opinion, not Jeremy Corbyn’s.
The quality of the debate really has sunk this low. It is now about saying Jeremy Corbyn is lying about supporting ‘Remain’, so he’s not worth your attention beyond voting against what he’s saying now. And if you argue that he has changed his mind, you’re denying that he ever made the original comments.
No, no, no.
Jeremy Corbyn should take action over this. Vote Leave is trying to undermine him by lying about him.
So if, in spite of all the encouragement from This Writer to consider the issues, you’d rather vote according to what somebody else says…
The real question we should be asking ourselves isn’t “Should I vote ‘Leave’ because Jeremy Corbyn can’t be trusted?”
It’s: Why should I vote ‘Leave’ when the ‘Leave’ campaign is full of liars?
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