As far this whole Russian brouhaha goes – there’s a time and place to talk about politics. That time is never; and that place is nowhere.
I mean, do we really want the Houses of Parliament to be politicized?
It is not the job of the Opposition to actually oppose the government, after all – merely to support the way it is going about things; and perhaps pledge to go one better.
It comes as a matter of no small surprise, therefore, that the leader of the Opposition balks at the suggestion we must place our absolute trust in the proper authorities.
It’s people like that who allow the facts get in the way of a good story.
Even steadfast supporters of Jeremy Corbyn – such as commentators in the tabloid newspapers – have called this poor form; while, his unfailingly loyal backbenchers have seen fit to complain about him, for the first time ever.
By contrast, the fine response by many opposition MPs was a truly glorious sight to behold. There are times where the national interest comes first. The enemy in the Salisbury spy attack is Russia, not the government.
It’s not hard.
It’s called doing what’s right by this country’s proud history and traditions.
In fact, the real mystery is why such individuals have ended up as pariahs among their own voters. Scrambling obediently into line behind a Tory Prime Minster, purely to embarrass their own party’s leader? That’s such stuff as statesmanlike dreams are made of, I say.
True, Corbyn did condemn Russia and Putin – repeatedly; over a variety of formats. But it’s just not enough.
And while we received a very sober and dignified call to see evidence, before acting, from the French President Emmanuel Macron; Corbyn villainously asked to see evidence before acting – for reasons of pure evil.
What kind of irresponsible politician asks for an investigation to take place, instead of instantly rushing to conclusions?
What kind of leader stands by due process, instead of immediately bowing to political expedience; and following the crowd?
Oh, Corbyn might have called for asset-freezing injunctions; but what about REAL measures – such as, you know, strong words in Parliament? Macho posturing, bombast, saber-rattling – full of sound and fury. That sort of thing.
As ever, it fell to the electable members of the Labour Party, to set a solid example, for all to admire. Penning a good, stiff letter, thus:
“We, the undersigned, welcome this bout of hot air from a desperate Prime Minister trying stoke and exploit a major panic, in order to deflect attention from the appalling mess her government has made of – well, everything; by wrapping herself in an aura of faux patriotism”.
And if the most principled opportunists in Parliament are willing to place blind faith in the government, then it is not for the likes of you and me to question matters.
As for those wags mentioning the Light Brigade, or the whole Iraq jolly – well, it simply lacks taste.
If anything, it inclines one to re-evaluate who the real victims of that excellent war actually were.
I would wager that politicians whose judgment is questioned, instead of automatically deferred to, have suffered far more than the many thousands of people they helped liberate to death.
And let us have no more of this false-equivalence malarkey.
While Britain would surgically launch a drone strike at a wedding party, Russia instead deploys an indiscriminate nerve agent – which makes no distinction between combatant and civilian. A clear difference, between the two countries.
Our mistakes are made in good faith – and we learn all the correct lessons; no matter how many times it should prove necessary.
All told, it is overdue that we stopped politicizing the behaviour of politicians; and furthermore, Russia really should just shut up, and go away.