June 24 2017 marked National Armed Forces Day in Britain, but despite many coming out to support our Troops of past and present, one face was missing from the crowd – Jeremy Corbyn
Prime Minister Theresa May was in attendance at the event, along with Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, and quite rightly so. Mrs May shared her praise for the Armed Forces by stating “they do a fantastic job for us and we should be grateful to them all”. Her words of admiration for our troops were echoed by many at the event, except for Jeremy Corbyn, who decided he had somewhere better to be.
That’s correct. Instead of joining the hundreds who gathered to give thanks to our Armed Forces for all they do to keep Britain safe, the Labour leader opted for the leftist, middle-class music festival Glastonbury. I remember reading the headlines from the mainstream media, and hoping this was yet again another fake news agenda, but on this occasion, I was gravely mistaken.
The best that Comrade Corbyn could muster up, in a measly attempt to show his support for our Armed Forces, was a picture circulated across his social media platforms.
His failure to attend National Armed Forces day was regarded as “dishonourable” by many veterans and Sir Michael Fallon. However, what I find more disgraceful is not the fact that Corbyn posted a picture on the day of the event, instead of attending, I was more disgusted to learn that the photo posted by Corbyn was in fact taken in November 2015.
Not only is Comrade Corbyn a staunch pacifist, he has shown that he stands against one of the cornerstones of British patriotism – our strong military. Whilst I believe that we are all entitled to our own personal views, I also believe that as a political leader, you have a moral obligation to support those who have shown astounding courage, bravery, and sacrificed much to protect our nation – By choosing not to attend events such as Armed Forces Day, Jeremy Corbyn is failing to fulfil this obligation. A simple picture will not suffice.
However, it was clear that the thousands who turned up to watch the Labour leader speak felt differently. Rather than questioning his presence at Glastonbury, as opposed to Armed Forces Day, the crowds broke out into the chant of “oh, Jeremy Corbyn” as he appeared on stage to deliver his Marxist speech. Corbyn’s speech came in the form of a party political appeal to his core supporters, but what was alarming was his use of open border rhetoric, implying that Britain should not have border controls.
He may have been directly criticising Donald Trump when referring to the border wall at the music festival, but Corbyn’s choice words signal a warning to Britain. Not only was there an element of hypocrisy behind this reference – considering the wall was in place to prevent those without a ticket from gaining access to Glastonbury, the open border rhetoric used by Corbyn would suggest that Labour would never intend to control immigration, despite it being one of the sole factors behind the ‘leave’ vote on June 23.
Corbyn then went on to say that he believes we should adopt a maxim in life when meeting new people; his message to the crowds was “don’t see them as a threat, don’t see them as an enemy, see them as a source of knowledge, a source of friendship, and a source of inspiration”. Perhaps we now have an explanation to why Corbyn regards terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas as his “friends”, and why he believes Britain should negotiate peace with ISIS.
Corbyn showed his true colours at Glastonbury; by politicising a music festival and using it for his own personal gain, he has demonstrated that he is not your ordinary politician, standing up for the working class; he is an opportune, manipulative Marxist who plays on the fears of young people concerned about their future in a post-Brexit Britain. He may have been the man of the hour at Glastonbury, but millions of viewers at home, angered by his decision to snub our troops, will make sure he is never the man of Britain.