19/09/2015 by socialistfight
This has got it absolutely correct. Jeremy Corbyn will not mobilise his natural supporters by singing God save the Queen. And neither will John McDonnell by apologising for defending the IRA. And they certainly will not appease their enemies in the Tory, Right Labour and their pliant mass media. Rather this taste of blood will enormously encourage further and more damaging attacks.
So the republican, atheist Leader of – irony on the way – Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition didn’t sing the national anthem. Oh very dear. Really, this should have been as controversial as discovering David Cameron dislikes income tax and poor people. Colour us surprised indeed.
Reactions were to be expected. It was “disrespectful”, it “hurt and offended” some and “angered” others. However, those of us urging Corbyn on and who welcomed his election as Labour leader – however cautiously and with whatever caveats attached – were left feeling frustrated at his handling of the criticism.
There were any number of ways in which he could have responded. He could have stated that one of the main reasons he appealed to people was that he was honest. That it would be an odd way to show respect for anyone, or anything, by turning himself into a hypocrite and tipping his hat…
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