Corbyn to relaunch election campaign with speech on tackling terror – as Tory poll lead collapses

Jeremy Corbyn was set to counter his critics with a speech detailing Labour’s response to the threat of terrorism, marking UK political parties’ return to national campaigning today (May 26).

His speech comes after YouGov revealed that Labour has rallied in the opinion polls – even after losing days of campaigning while Theresa May appeared regularly on TV talking about the response to the attack in Manchester – and now stands just five points behind the Conservatives, with two weeks of the election campaign still remaining in which to finish closing the gap and build a respectable lead.*

Thanks to The Canary, it seems we have a preview of what Mr Corbyn will say. This Site will not steal our fellows’ thunder – you should go there for lengthy passages – but here’s a taste.

On the threat of terror attacks, it is believed he will say: “No government can prevent every terrorist attack. If an individual is determined enough and callous enough sometimes they will get through. But the responsibility of government is to minimise that chance – to ensure the police have the resources they need, that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country and that at home we never surrender the freedoms we have won and that terrorists are so determined to take away.”

On domestic policy, he will say: “Labour will reverse the cuts to our emergency services and police. Once again in Manchester, they have proved to be the best of us. Austerity has to stop at the A&E ward and at the police station door. We cannot be protected and cared for on the cheap. There will be more police on the streets under a Labour Government. And if the security services need more resources to keep track of those who wish to murder and maim, then they should get them.”

Crucially, he will accuse the architects of the so-called “war on terror” of increasing the threat of it in the UK: “Many experts… have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home… We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from [other] countries.”

Of course, the speech has already attracted a certain amount of attention on the social media…

I loved Francesca Martinez’s response to this:

And this one:

This is also good:

Of course there are naysayers too. One sent me a very colourful dis-infographic using lots of the attack lines we’ve seen used against leading Labour figures – and running aground with the claims that Mr Corbyn is a supporter of terrorism. As these claims have been proved false, there’s no reason to pay attention to any of the others. I won’t publish the image because that much nonsense is bad for the eyes.

This will be a major chance for Mr Corbyn to stake out the political – and moral – high ground after the hiatus. His supporters will need to be ready to counter the wave of right-wing disinformation that is certain to follow. One message is vital:

Vote Labour on June 8 – for the sake of our national security.

*Of course, nobody should believe the opinion polls or use them as anything other than a rough yardstick. They have been wrong far too often to be treated any other way. And remember, this is a general election – your vote is not a bet on the winner.

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5 thoughts on “Corbyn to relaunch election campaign with speech on tackling terror – as Tory poll lead collapses

  1. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    What possible reason could anyone have to not like this statement from a real statesman in Jeremy Corbyn other than a crude desire to support Tory cutbacks and policies which are furthering their super rich pals at the expense of the vast majority of the population of this country? I find his speech admirable in every way.

  2. Stu

    My grandaughter asked me “Grandad Stu, why do terrorists hate our children and want to kill us?”
    Corbyn’s speech helped me a lot with my reply.
    Drop bombs on a country and people start running towards you either in revenge or for refuge.
    Looks like he’s also getting through to others, Good News Indeed !

    We should all embrace and enjoy all these victories.
    Not out of smugness like a Tory would, but as a celebration of common semse prevailing !

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      That’s because the article is about security and defence against terror attacks.

  3. Zippi

    The Right Wing media seems determined to undermine Mr. Corbyn by continuing to draw him on Trident, on the I.R.A., trying to sow seeds of doubt in people’s minds, regarding security. It is despicable and disgusting and not what we should expect from a free press. Manipulation of this magnitude belongs in fascist regimes; I beloeve that it called Propaganda. How do we get the message through to those who are yet to be awakened to the truth?

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