“Labour stands for everything Trump can’t stand – peace, international respect for human rights, action to tackle the climate emergency, plus support for equality, tolerance and diversity.”Murad Qureshi
We should say no to the unwarranted and undemocratic interference from the hard-right US President in our General Election, writes Murad Qureshi.
As the General Election campaign started here, Donald Trump returned to his running commentary on British politics to again attack Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Speaking to Nigel Farage of all people on LBC, he said “Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you on such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places.”
This comes in addition to his regular attacks on our Labour, and Muslim, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Both Jeremy and Sadiq can of course take these attacks as a badge of honour.
Labour stands for everything Trump can’t stand – peace, international respect for human rights, action to tackle the climate emergency, plus support for equality, tolerance and diversity.
Furthermore, by demanding a pact between the Tory and Brexit parties it is clear that Trump want’s a so-called ‘special relationship’ between the UK and the US firming rooted in the politics of the far-right. This is consistent with his international alignments with the likes of the far-right Bolsonaro in Brazil amongst many others.
The good news for progressives and Labour members though is that during this election campaign we can tell him clearly that his interference is not welcomed at the national demonstration in Central London when the Queen will be hosting a reception of NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace on the 3rd of December.
We should also remember that this is within a context when the government’s latest review of spending showed them keen to spend £2.6 billion next year on Defence to maintain its NATO contribution at Trump’s insistence. This is almost as much as their intended spend on schools, health and policing.
It also shows where their real priorities lie in appeasing the Trump administration – as does the priority they are giving to a sweetheart free-trade deal with the US, even if it means putting the NHS up for sale, plus a race to the bottom on workers’ rights and environmental protections.
But of course protesting is not enough. If you want an anti-War Prime Minister committed to peace and international justice, rather than slavishly following Trump’s hard-right, war-mongering agenda. you can only vote for the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership on the 12th of December.
As Jeremy himself has said, it’s time that we stopped outsourcing our foreign policy and security to the increasingly erratic Trump administration.
Let’s make this happen, as part of our programme for real change, both here and around the world.
- Murad Qureshi is the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition and is running to be Labour Candidate for the Greater London Assembly, which he previously served on for 3 terms.
- A protest against Trump will take place on the 3rd of December and you can sign up to the #JC4PM bloc here.
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