Jeremy Corbyn collects Séan MacBride Peace Prize 2017

Jeremy Corbyn [Image: Will Oliver/EPA].

Where are the celebrations from the mainstream TV and newspaper media in the UK? The leader of the Labour Party has won a major international peace prize and I can’t find any headlines about it at all, apart from in Skwawkbox!*

The International Peace Bureau awards the Séan MacBride Peace Prize every year to a person, or organisation, or movement in recognition of its outstanding work for peace, disarmament, human rights.

This year, Mr Corbyn was one of three recipients of the prize, alongside Noam Chomsky and the All Okinawa Council Against Henoko New Base.

According to the IPB’s website, Mr Corbyn wins the awared for “his sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace.

“As an active member, vice-chair and now vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK he has for many years worked to further the political message of nuclear disarmament.

“As the past chair of the Stop the War Campaign in the UK he has worked for peace and alternatives to war.

“As a member of parliament in the UK he has, for 34 years continually taken that work for justice, peace and disarmament to the political arena both in and outside of Parliament.

“He has ceaselessly stood by the principles, which he has held for so long, to ensure true security and well-being for all – for his constituents, for the citizens of the UK and for the people of the world.

“Now, as leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition he continues to carry his personal principles into his political life – stating openly that he could not press the nuclear button and arguing strongly for a re-orientation of priorities – to cut military spending and spend instead on health, welfare and education.”

The prize ceremony was held on November 24 in Barcelona, but Mr Corbyn had to wait until this weekend to collect it, when he travelled to the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva to deliver a landmark speech on social justice.

It seems Mr Corbyn is so modest, he hasn’t actually commented on this. I can’t find a reference to it on Twitter, at least. If anybody can find a word on this subject from the Labour leader, let us know.

*So much for the claims that Skwawkbox is all about ‘fake news’.

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  1. gordon powrie December 10, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I believe Mr Richard Angell has tweeted about this in his usual inimitable style. Not being on Twitter, I haven’t seen it.

  2. Rusty December 11, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I now know because of you Mike! Thanks and good for jeremy corbyn.

  3. gerrymulvenna December 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    You have the fada in the wrong place. It is Seán, not Séan.

    Yours, pedantic Pat

    • Mike Sivier December 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Pedantic Pat.
      Trouble is, I don’t know how to write those special characters and copied it directly from the MacBride award website. So they had it wrong. Please let them know if they haven’t corrected it.

  4. Kate swann December 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your witness for peace, Jeremy Corbin

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