This week has shown Britain’s respective political leaders – Messers Corbyn and Cameron – in their true light.
Britain demands strength of character in its national leader – somebody who never goes less than the whole hog. Look no further than the Prime Minister for this. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. All week long, Cameron has had style coming out of every orifice; with an unimpeachable decorum evinced throughout by his scarcely perceptible comb-over. Now, he has declared war on terrorism as dauntlessly as he declared war on illiteracy and seagulls.
Rather than waste time thinking things through, he immediately wrote a stiff letter to his local council, criticising the UK’s government for the “unwelcome and counter-productive” budget cuts which have been imposed on the police and intelligence services since 2011. ‘I just think it’s wrong that any government would do this’ Cameron opined. ‘Whoever leads the government ought to take a long hard look at themselves’.
The contrast with Mr Corbyn could not have been more clear. By no means left-leaning, I nonetheless know one or two people who are left-handed; and even they have expressed their frustration at this Corbyn fellow’s perverse insistence on saying things which are cautious and sensible, rather than things which are short-sighted and populist. They also vented their dismay at Mr Corbyn’s failure to seal-off every possible avenue of wilful misinterpretation being applied to his words. And noted that he has a beard.
Cynicism is the curse of our age, however; and at no time has this proven more true than the present. No doubt some will begin murmuring pessimistically – as they are wont to do – but I remember being told that invading Iraq wouldn’t work, all those years ago; and that it would prove a long-term disaster, with repercussions extending above and beyond even the least optimistic prediction.
As usual history tells us all a quite different story. We can only be thankful that the invasion prospered, and proved such a resounding success story, despite the best efforts of this Corbyn fellow and his accomplices to prevent it. Much better to bomb first and then let Mr Chilcot spend the next twenty years writing a report about why it was a bad move, I say, than let the moment pass. As the foremost columnists in the media would explain: ‘If you have dug yourself into a hole, then using two shovels will get you out twice as fast’.
We can only be thankful that the situation is as uncomplicated as the government avers.
It seems simple commonsense to suggest that the only way to resolve present matters is to intensify all of the things which haven’t worked during the last 14-years of the War On Terror. Let the continuation commence.